Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

Course Code: OHTH5941C

Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5399 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact: Annie Barry

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5493

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

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 is co-delivered and co-assessed with EMPL7097C Develop Workplace Policies and Procedures for Environmental Sustainability TLIU0001.

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

Course Schedule:Environment and Sustainability Management                                                            

Week / Topic

Readings and Activities


Week 1

Introduction to course schedules

Reading: Class notes 


  • Introduction to the course
  • Review Emergency response and evacuation process
  • Introduce and review assessment process and criteria
  • Introduce unit: Conduct Environmental Audits & Develop Work plan for Sustainability
  • Discuss: what is an audit?
  • Discuss sustainability by definition
  • Class exercise: 
  • Students will participate in a class activity learning about the important of auditing operations in a business.
  • This will incorporate a class break-out session
  • Students are to find an article or newsletter on the net, regarding sustainability or environmental auditing and make a copy and store it in your evidence portfolio. The article must state the name of a company, the audit process that has been conducted and at least two (2) benefits that are a result of the audit being performed.

Week 2

Conduct Environmental Auditing 

Reading: Class notes 

Activity: Preparation for assessment 1

  • Discuss audit by definition
  • What does compliance mean?
  • What are the benefits of an audit?
  • Why do we need to conduct Audits?
  • Discuss the link between auditing and employee safety as an example for the broader picture
  • Explain, What is a standard and how they come about in Industry / Society
  • Discuss how audits keep things under control and point out any issues before the issue becomes a major problem
  • watch pipa-alpha disaster video
    cause & effect document

Week 3

Conduct Environmental Auditing

-Cause & Effects
-Gantt Chart

Reading: Learner Guide
watch pipa-alpha disaster video
cause & effect document

Activity: Class Activity - Review Q5 - 8 in detail of Assessment Task 2 

Review Gantt Chart as a planning and project management tool

Week 4

Conduct Environmental Auditing

-Dangerous Goods
-Pareto Analysis
-PDCA Tools

Reading: Class Notes 

Activity: Investigate Dangerous Goods, cause & Effect Chart, Pareto Analysis , PDCA Tool, Class exercise X 2

Week 5

Conduct Environmental Auditing/Sustainability

- Introduction Sustainability
-Industrial revolution

Reading: Class Notes 

Activity: Class activity: Review from previous week 

Industrial revolution review in light of Technical Revolution revolution occurring today

Start Sustainability studies

Conduct Assessment Task (AT) 2 review

Week 6


-Transport placard
-Dangerous Goods
-Why record evidence of audits

Reading: Class Notes 

Class activity:  Sustainability in the T&L industry 

  • Introduction to Assessment _Sustainability
  • Sustainability by definition
  • Economics by definition
  • Supply & Demand Charts
  • Circular Flow of Income
  • Market & Product Elasticity
  • Communication planning and why do we need them?
  • Why is it necessary to audit our operational environments?

Assessment Task 1: Conduct an audit

Due at the end of this week

Week 7

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability 

Distribution Hubs

Reading: class Notes: Sustainability in the T&L industry 

Class Activity:

  • Review previous week in brief
  • Examine the hub and Spoke process in Australia and throughout the world
  • Primary & secondary research in preparation for this assessment task
  • Review questions from the assessment 1 – 5
  • Economics in Sustainable Logistics Operations
  •  Supply & Demand
  •  Circular Flow of Income
  •  Price Variation on Capacity Generation
  • Life Cycle
  • 7 Wastes of Lean

Breakout / Class Activity: identify three examples of waste that you have witnessed within a business


Mid semester break

30August - 5 September

Week 8


-Policy implementation
-Continuous improvement

Learning Material: 

Class Notes - week 7/8

  • Brief review from previous weeks 
  • Primary & Secondary Research 
  • Life Cycle Cost Benefit Analysis 
  • Milk run review - transport class exercise 
  • Lead Time Analysis 
  • Assessment Review

Week 9

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability 

-Policy implementation
- Continuous improvement

Reading: Learner Guide

  • Review from previous week
  • Review of transport modes
  • Report from KPMG conference attended by Ian Burns
  • Review of sustainability in action - VICT  operation
  • Research explanation by definition
  • Cost benefit Analysis 
  • Milk run approach to urban environments
  • Transport Economics review and class exercise

Activity: Class activities  and notes supplied to students via Canvas

Week 10

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability 

-Policy implementation
-Continuous improvement

Reading:  Class notes 8 -10 

Activity: as above 

Week 11


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

Reading: Learner Guide

Activity: Class activity / notes

Gantt Chart review & development 

Strategies for continuous Improvement 

Life Cycle Management Review and development 

Training Requirements (TNA)

Record Keeping requirements and processes 

Week 12

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability

- Gantt Charts
- Life Cycle charts 

- Sustainability policy

- Communication

- Assigning responsibilities

-Staff Training Requirements
- leadership  
-  Emotional Intelligence

Reading: Class notes Week 12

Class Activity:  Sustainability 

Application of Gantt Charts and Life Cycle charts in the T&L industry in detail

Sustainability policy requirements defined

Policy Communication requirements and processes

Assigning responsibilities

Staff Training Requirements - Brief review of leadership styles & theory - Situational Leadership, Emotional Intelligence

Week 13

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability
- Triple Bottom Line 
- Transport Statistics 

Reading: Class Notes - Week 13 & 14

Class Activity: Sustainability theory and links with environmental management and ethical business behaviour

Triple Bottom Line 

Transport Statistics 

Week 14

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability

-review of major points for assessment
- Policy definition and application

-Project Management

Reading: Class activity week 13 -14

Activity: review of major points for assessment - Policy definition and application

Gantt Chart and Project Management

Life Cycle planning and uses


Week 15

Conduct Environmental Auditing / Sustainability
- Final Review of Course  and Assessment preparation

Reading: Class notes - Week 14 & 15

Activity: as above

Working on assessments

Assessment Task 2: Develop sustainable procedures for a warehouse.

Due at the end of this week

Week 16

Feedback & resubmits

Reading: all class notes review

Activity: Student assistance with late assessments 

Assessment Task 3: Knowledge assessment.

Due at the end of this week


Week 17

Final re-submits

Resubmits Due

 Student communication and assessment resubmits



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All learning resources are available on Canvas at this link

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 Workplace Policies and Procedures for Environmental Sustainability.

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

Assessment Task 1: Conduct an audit.

Due date Week 6


This assessment is a complex, highly detailed and this assessment will require substantial research on behalf of the

student. This assessment is based on a typical warehousing facility in the T&L Industry.

Assessment Task 2: Develop sustainable procedures for a warehouse. 

Due date Week 15


Completing this project allows you to demonstrate your ability to apply the research into sustainable procedures for a workplace. 

Assessment Task 3: Knowledge assessment.

Due date Week 16


This assessment is a short-answer knowledge assessment designed to assess your knowledge of conducting

environmental audits and procedures for environmental sustainability.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessments is available on CANVAS at this link.

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:


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

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:

 CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Other Information

All other information and teaching details are available on Canvas at this link.

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