Course Title: Observe environmental work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: PUBH9416C

Course Title: Observe environmental work practices

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3183 - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Bruce Partland

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258323

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

Course Description

This competency standard covers the process of observing and contributing to positive environmental work practices. It requires the ability to follow workplace directions and instructions, recognise basic
environmental hazards and threats and communicate accurately with supervisors and workplace colleagues, and keep simple records. Observing environmental work practices requires awareness of relevant
environmental legislation, policies and workplace/industry practices, approaches to improving environmental performance, and environmental issues (especially in regard to water catchments, air, noise, ecosystems, habitat, efficient use of resources, sustainability and waste minimisation).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RTC2702A Observe environmental work practices


1. Follow environmental workplace practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workplace practices and work instructions relating to potential environmental impacts are recognised and followed, and clarification is sought where necessary.
1.2 Changes to work practices and procedures are responded to positively and promptly in accordance with enterprise requirements.
1.3 Relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace environmental practices are recognised and followed.


2. Contribute to improved environmental work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Suggestions are made to designated personnel for improvements to workplace practices where possible.
2.2 Information is gathered and improvements are suggested to support the development of improved workplace approaches to environmental practices.
2.3 Environmental issues and their relationship to workplace practices are discussed in the workplace with colleagues and designated personnel.
2.4 Contributions to the review of environmental practicesand policies are made within limits of responsibility


3. Recognise and report on a potential environmental threat

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Signs or symptoms of the potential environmental threat are recognised.
3.2 Information about or observations of a potential environmental threat are reported to supervisors and/or appropriate authorities.
3.3 Location and extent of the potential environmental threat is accurately recorded.
3.4 Reports on the potential environmental threat are completed according to enterprise guidelines.


4. Maintain environmental records

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Environmental records are accurately prepared as required according to enterprise policies and procedures.
4.2 Environmental records are stored securely in a form accessible for reporting purposes.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities are predominantly based on the actual workplace. Trainees perform a wide range of functions as a team and individually.

Communicating and modelling safe and environmentally appropriate work practices in a wide range of activities including fencing operations, pest plant and animal control, livestock management and interpretation of cultural sites to primary,  secondary and tertiary students is a feature of the work the Budj Bim Rangers perform.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule depends entirely on the seasonal work imperatives of the Budj Bim Rangers.

RMIT staff liaise with Winda Mara management on the most appropriate and convenient timing of visits, field trips etc.

Generally visits of 2-5 days take place on average every 4-6 weeks.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

A wide range of practical equipment is available, and used regularly in the day to day activities of the Budj Bim Rangers.

Two Aboriginal Mentors are employed by the Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation to work with the students on a day to day basis, ensuring responsible work practices.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include workplace observation, verbal questioning and role plays.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of students takes place predominantly in the workplace, with some classroom based activities for re-inforcement and deepening of learning.

Assessment methods include:

  • On the Job observation;
  • Group learning activities (class-room and field based);
  • Field trip activities
  • Question & Answer (Class and field);
  • Third Party endorsement (Supervisor and / or Mentor)

Generally more than one form of Assessment mentioned above is required for Competency to be recognised.

Assessment Matrix

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