- SIRXADM001A - Apply retail office procedures
Apply retail office procedures
This unit may apply to both sales and administrative staff. It requires the team member to demonstrate the ability to operate and maintain office equipment, receive and dispatch correspondence in a variety of formats, file and retrieve documents, communicate with internal and external customers, and prepare simple correspondence according to store policy and procedures.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Process incoming and outgoing mail.
Sort and dispatch incoming mail to nominated recipients or locations.
Collect and check outgoing mail to ensure all items are correctly prepared for dispatch.
Record mail according to store policy and procedures.
Dispatch mail within designated time limits.
Process bulk mail.
Collate documents as required.
Sort and batch envelopes according to Australia Post specifications.
Lodge batched items for delivery.
Operate office equipment.
Identify appropriate equipment for intended application.
Operate equipment according to manufacturer instructions.
Identify and rectify equipment faults or report to relevant personnel.
Follow opening and shutdown processes according to store procedures.
Apply maintenance program for equipment to ensure down time is minimised.
File and retrieve documents.
File documents according to store policy.
Identify and retrieve documents as requested.
Update and modify existing records.
Remove, process and store designated inactive files according to store policy.
Assemble new files.
Record movements of documentation.
Establish contact with internal and external customers.
Use telephone system functions according to store policy.
Obtain and accurately record telephone and fax number or email address.
Answer incoming calls promptly and according to store policy.
Establish and clearly convey purpose of contact.
Transfer or place calls on hold as required.
Keep customers informed of delays and action being taken.
Record messages accurately and promptly return calls if required.
Prepare simple correspondence.
Prepare and present correspondence for approval or signature according to set timeframes.
Write text using clear, concise language.
Use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Use standard form letters according to store policy.
This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:
operating a range of office technology
organising work tasks
completing tasks in a set timeframe
literacy and numeracy skills in regard to:
processing, recording and documenting information
generating a range of retail documents
interpersonal communication skills to
report equipment faults
answer telephone calls and keep customers informed of delays and action being taken thorough clear and direct communication
ask questions to identify and confirm requirements
use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
use and interpret non-verbal communication.
The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:
store policy and procedures in regard to:
store administration and clerical systems
receiving and dispatching incoming and outgoing mail
reporting problems and faults
relevant regulatory and licensing requirements such as:
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
Evidence of the following is essential:
applies procedures for the processing of mail, including bulk mail
operates and maintains office equipment according to store policy and procedures
files and retrieves documents according to store policy and procedures
follows procedures for establishing contact with internal and external customers
applies procedures for the preparation of simple correspondence.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure access to:
a real or simulated work environment
relevant documentation, such as:
store policy and procedures manuals
manufacturer instructions and operation manuals
a range of retail equipment.
Methods of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of performance in the workplace
a role play
third-party reports from a supervisor
answers to questions about specific skills and knowledge
review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
SIRXICT001A Operate retail technology
SIRXFIN002A Perform retail finance duties.
Assessing employability skills
Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.
Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically in the context of the job role and with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification.
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.
Procedures to sort and dispatch incoming mail may relate to:
Store policy and procedures in regard to:
operating and maintaining retail equipment.
Equipment may include:
answering machine or voicemail
public address system
adapted equipment for people with a disability, for example, talking calculators, computer hard and software, and TTY.
Relevant personnel may include:
Systems used to record or file documents may be:
Contact may be established by:
The required outcomes described in this unit contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.