Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5399 Diploma of Logistics

Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 80

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2021

Course Contact: Annie Barry

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5493

Course Contact Email:

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

TLIU5006 Conduct environmental audits


1 Prepare for environmental audit

2 Schedule environmental internal audit

3 Conduct environmental audit and document findings

4 Report environmental audit results

Learning Outcomes

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.