Inspect for legislative compliance

This unit covers the competency required to inspect areas to assist owners/occupiers to detect non-compliance, breaches and/or risks to the public or the environment, including responding to complaints from the public, acting to minimise risks to the public and/or the environment, and recording and reporting non-compliance or initiating infringement notices. Legislative, regulatory and certification requirements are applicable to this unit.


This unit applies to personnel authorised by their agency to inspect sites or areas within their organisation’s legislative provisions and in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

Applying this unit will involve conducting routine and non-routine inspections to identify potential risks, breaches of legislative and regulatory requirements and preparing reports and recommendations based on findings to the fire service and appropriate authorities.

Personnel competent in this unit will also have the authority to issue notices to organisations and owners.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine requirement for inspection

1.1 Need for inspection is identified.

1.2 Scope of inspection is determined based on legislative provisions and organisational requirements relating to the inspection.

1.3 Power of entry is determined in accordance with legislative requirements.

2. Conduct inspection

2.1 Designated area to be inspected is identified and defined.

2.2 Inspection is conducted in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

2.3 Non-compliance and possible breaches are detected and recorded in accordance with legislative and organisational requirements.

3. Determine appropriate action to achieve compliance

3.1 Consultation is undertaken with the owner/occupier/ manager/person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)/officer or alleged offending party to facilitate resolution in accordance with organisational procedures, if applicable.

3.2 Options foraction are identified that will enable compliance to be achieved.

3.3 Practical action plan to achieve compliance is developed as a result of consultation.

3.4 Action is undertaken to achieve compliance.

4. Prepare report

4.1 Report is compiled and submitted to satisfy the intent of the inspection in accordance with organisational requirements.

4.2 Details of the offence/breach are recorded and a clear report recommending action is submitted to appropriate personnel in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

4.3 Infringement notices are initiated or processed, or the offence is reported according to organisational procedures.

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills

analyse options for action

communicate effectively verbally and in writing with the public

implement inspection techniques

keep records


provide written reports

solve problems

use appropriate technology to gather information

Required Knowledge

legislation for which the organisation has responsibility and which must align to legislative requirements relating to issuing of notices, reporting risks to public and the environment

organisational policies and procedures relating to conducting routine and non-routine inspections, reporting risks, reporting breaches, collecting information, dealing with complainants, completing reports of incidents and complaints, issuing notices

potential risk to the public

potential risk to the environment

risk management procedures

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

accurately identify and assess situation found

comprehensively inspect within policy guidelines

adhere to legislative and organisational requirements

accurately and comprehensively record and report.

Consistency in performance

Competency should be demonstrated over time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

Competency should be assessed on-the-job or in a simulated work environment.

Specific resources for assessment

There are no specific resource requirements for this unit.

Method of assessment

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an agency-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

direct observation

interviewing the candidate

journals and workplace documentation

third party reports from supervisors

written or oral questions

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Organisational policies and procedures may include:

legislation relevant to compliance

legislation relevant to the organisation

operational, corporate and strategic plans

operational performance standards

organisational procedures, policies and guidelines

Non-compliance and possible breaches may include:

chemical spills, pollution

maintenance of fire safety systems

non-compliance to building controls, reasonable requests in an emergency situation or disregarding fire bans or hazard


Options for action may include:

isolating site

contacting supervisor

contacting other emergency services

contacting relevant authorities

processing infringement notices in accordance with organisational requirements


Reports may include:


standard form

written report


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.