Plan a complex activity


This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to apply workplace procedures and instructions to plan a complex activity, in the pulp and paper industry.

The unit applies to those operators who plan a complex activity, in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility. A complex activity is one related to work tasks and environments that involves a sequence of stages prior to and during implementation, including researching information, problem solving and troubleshooting, sequencing of activities, consideration of timelines and budgets. Complex activities affect more than one integrated system or process within a pulp or paper manufacturing facility.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. Identify complex activity requirements

1.1. Identify complex activity requirements consistent with safe work, environmental sustainability, quality, housekeeping and standard operating procedures.

1.2. Obtain and examine information to assist planning.

1.3. Identify resources required for completing complex activity.

1.4. Identify completion time for complex activity.

2. Identify work method

2.1. Identify the scope of the complex activity and most suitable work method.

2.2. Identify alternative work methods, if required, to meet objectives of complex activity.

2.3. Establish relative advantage and disadvantage of each work method.

2.4. Select most appropriate work method.

3. Prepare complex activity plan

3.1. Determine appropriate sequences of tasks.

3.2. Determine critical path for completion of complex activity, within time and budget.

3.3. Identify individual tasks required to apply work method and meet objectives.

3.4. Document complex activity plan.

Evidence of Performance

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must be able to provide evidence that they can plan sequences to complete complex activity, at least twice in line with required enterprise intervals by:

selecting a complex activity relevant to job role including:

clothing change

total plant shutdown/startup

grade/product change involving multiple process operations


obtaining and examining all relevant information to satisfactorily complete the complex activity, including:


standard operation sheets


quality requirements

time allowances

outcome requirements

performance requirements

selecting the most appropriate work method and resources to complete the activity

developing a plan for the complex activity, covering appropriate information, technical, quality and time requirements, to achieve results

prioritising components in the plan to achieve satisfactory outcomes according to standard operating procedures (SOP)

determining the sequence of activities in the plan and estimate timelines and budget for the completion of tasks

documenting the complex activity plan according to organisational requirements.

Evidence of Knowledge

A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

procedures and information relevant to planning and undertaking a complex activity including risks and hazard identification, work health and safety (WHS), quality, environmental (including relevant sustainability requirements and practices), isolation, housekeeping and standard operating procedures.

problem-solving techniques consistent with level of responsibility and complex activities relevant to work role

procedures and work methods to follow when devising components of complex activities to achieve accurate planning, performance, quality and time requirements

planning documentation for complex activity requirements according to SOP.

Assessment Conditions

The following resources must be made available:

access to the full range of equipment required for planning a complex activity, in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility

sample workplace documentation, procedures and reports including (SOP), quality procedures, environmental sustainability requirements/practices, plant manufacturing operating manuals and enterprise policies and procedures.

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or in a productive environment that accurately reflects performance in a workplace.

Assessor requirements

Assessors must:

hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and

be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and

be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Foundation Skills

This section describes those core and employment skills that are essential to performance and are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Numeracy skills to:

use estimation and other assessment tools to plan task outcomes.

Reading skills to:

read and interpret required documentation, procedures and reports relevant to planning complex tasks.

Writing skills to:

write clear and detailed instructions organised sequentially to produce a workable plan for a complex activity.

Technical skills skills to:

access, navigate and enter computer-based information.

Range Statement

Not Applicable


Pulp and Paper Manufacturing