Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: OHTH5941C

Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5369 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact: Suzanne Maugeri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1466

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:  Ian Burns

Nominal Hours: 80

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


Course Description

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements, standards, codes of practice and workplace procedures.

It includes preparing and conducting an environmental audit, scheduling an internal audit, documenting the findings and reporting on the results.

Work is carried out under general guidance on progress and outcomes. It requires discretion and judgement for self and others in planning and using resources, services and processes to achieve required outcomes.

The unit applies to those with responsibility for resource coordination and allocation, who lead individuals or teams.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIU5006 Conduct environmental audits


1 Prepare for environmental audit

Performance Criteria:


Relevant legislation, authority and enterprise requirements pertinent to workplace operations are identified and followed


Practices and facilities required to be audited are identified and implications of non-conformance are established


Technical and/or calibration requirements for audits are noted and appropriate support personnel are identified as required


Work schedules are investigated to identify appropriate schedule for audit


2 Schedule environmental internal audit

Performance Criteria:


Audit timings are planned to ensure relevant procedures are conducted within workplace agreed time intervals and timeframes


Audit frequency is adjusted to ensure minimal disruption to the workplace


Contact is made with appropriate personnel and audit appointments are made


3 Conduct environmental audit and document findings

Performance Criteria:


Operational procedures and assessment methods for the environmental audit are confirmed with personnel concerned


Observations and interviews are conducted with approved third party as required


Documentation of observations and interview responses is completed


4 Report environmental audit results

Performance Criteria:


Outcomes of the audit process are compared to workplace procedures


Audit results are discussed with relevant personnel


Reports of non-compliance are documented and options for system improvements are recommended


Reports are forwarded to appropriate personnel for action

Learning Outcomes

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements, standards, codes of practice and workplace procedures.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed  with EMPL7097C Develop Sustainable Workplace Procedures

 The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required
to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes bit also the amount of effort required to undertake,
evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

 The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows but please note that it is subject to change.

Week Number



Assessment Week


8 July  2019

Course / Unit Introduction/Prepare for Environment Audit



15 July  2019

Conduct environmental auditing



22 July  2019

Conduct environmental auditing - Cause & Effects &
Gantt Chart



29 July  2019

Conduct environmental auditing

- Dangerous Goods
-Pareto Analysis
-PDCA Tools



5 Aug 2019

Conduct environmental auditing/Sustainability
- Introduction Sustainability
- Industrial revolution

 Assessment 1 due
Friday 9/8/19 - 5 pm


12 Aug 2019

Conduct environmental auditing/Sustainability

Transport placard
-Dangerous Goods
-Why record evidence of audits



19 Aug 2019

Conduct environmental auditing/Sustainability - Distribution Hubs



26 Aug 2019

Conduct environmental auditing/Introduction to Sustainability




Semester break 2 - 8 September inclusive



9 Sept 2019

Conduct environmental auditing/Sustainability
-Policy implementation
- Strategies for continuous improvement



16 Sept 2019

 Conduct Environmental Auditing/Introduction to Sustainability

- Policy implementation
- Strategies for continuous improvement



23 Sept 2019

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability
- Gantt Chart 
- Continuous Improvement 
- Life Cycle  
-Training Requirements (TNA)
- Record Keeping 



30 Sept 2019

Conduct Environmental Auditing /Sustainability
- Gantt Chart 
- Life Cycle charts 
- Sustainability policy
- Communication
- Assigning responsibilities
- Staff Training Requirements
- leadership  
-  Emotional Intelligence



7 Oct 2019

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability

- Triple Bottom Line 
- Transport Statistics



14 Oct 2019

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability
-review of major points for assessment
- Policy definition and application
-Project Management



21 Oct 2019

Final Course Review and Assessment Preparation

Assessment 2 due

5.00pm Friday 25/10/18


28 Oct 2019

Feedback and Re-submits



4 Nov 2019

Final re-submits




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance  Evidence

You will be required to provide evidence of the following skills:

  • applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during work activities
  • applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures
  • communicating effectively with others when conducting an environmental audit
  • completing documentation related to conducting an environmental audit
  • interpreting and following operational instructions and prioritising work
  • modifying activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment
  • monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
  • operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol
  • planning and organising environmental audit activities
  • providing leadership and working collaboratively with others when conducting an environmental audit
  • reading and interpreting instructions, technical data, regulatory requirements and workplace policies and procedures relevant to conducting an environmental audit
  • reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • selecting and applying appropriate technology, information systems and procedures
  • working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment. 

Knowledge Evidence

You are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • application of relevant Australian standards and associated certification requirements
  • audit procedures and compliance implementation strategies
  • environmental risk management and control procedures
  • environmental safety regulatory and guidance material
  • equipment applications, capacities, configurations, safety hazards and control
  • hazards that may exist when conducting an environmental audit and ways of controlling the risks involved
  • operation of workplace in relation to potential environmental risks and control/prevention measures
  • problems that may occur when conducting an environmental audit and action to be taken to report or resolve these problems
  • relevant work health and safety(WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental protection procedures and regulations, including the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code where applicable
  • relevant workplace documentation procedures
  • resource availability including the competencies of individuals in the team/group
  • workplace business policies and plans including procedures for identifying non-compliance and best practice
  • workplace processes for conducting an environmental audit.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed  with EMPL7097C Develop Sustainable Workplace Procedures

There are two assessment tasks for this delivery. In order to be deemed competent in both courses you are required to successfully complete  all two assessments tasks.  

Assessment Task 1 – Compliance Case Study 

Date and time due: Week 5 in class               

Purpose: A key requirement for this unit is the ability to develop and plan information to the work team about auditing procedures. In many cases you will do this by actively participating in an auditing team or working on your own to conduct an environmental audit. This assessment is designed to assess your ability to do this.

 Assessment Task 2 –   Individual Sustainability Proposal for the Logistics industry

Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 15 (Friday 25 October at 5:00pm)


A key requirement for this unit is the ability to collate information and prepare a written report. This report needs to address Auditing and Sustainability issues and a pro-former will be provided to you. It is a required work skill to be able to write and submit a report to management level staff, and this activity gives you the skills to be able to perform this task.



Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS. Mapping


Submission Requirements


You should: 

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  You must submit your application within five working days after your assessment date or due date.

More Information:

Re-submissions (VE Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful (Not satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one re-submission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the re-submission. 


If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


Final Results


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying. 

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.


The following grades are available for this course:


Competency Achieved


Not Yet Competent


Did Not Submit for Assessment





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