Course Title: Conduct a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6136 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Title: Conduct a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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.

Important Information:

Students are to read this document to ensure that all completed assessment tasks comply with the listed learning elements and performance criteria.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2015,
Term1 2017

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to conduct a BAL assessment. This includes relevant theoretical knowledge of fire, understanding of the regulatory framework, assessing a location and education of and consultation with clients about the benefits of achieving the required fire resistance.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21604 Conduct a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment


1. Analyse cause and effect of bushfires


2. Correlate information about site conditions

3. Determine the BAL for site

Learning Outcomes

This unit is aimed at determining the BAL of a site by following steps to assess the bushfire risk of the site and using this information to select the BAL from appropriate tables of information using Method 1 (the simplified bushfire risk method from AS 3959.)

Overview of Assessment

This competency will be assessed using standard work practices relevant to a design drafting workplace. Assessment of essential required knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context. Assessment will comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards’ requirements.