Unit of competency details

BSBMGT516C - Facilitate continuous improvement (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 10/Mar/2009

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBMGT516 - Facilitate continuous improvementUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBMGT516B - Facilitate continuous improvement 23/Dec/2010

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UET12 - Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training PackageTransmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training Package 1.0-2.1 
UEP12 - Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training PackageElectricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training Package 1.0-2.1 
UEG11 - Gas Industry Training PackageGas Industry Training Package 1.0-2.0 
UEE11 - Electrotechnology Training PackageElectrotechnology Training Package 1.0-1.5 
UEE07 - Electrotechnology Training PackageElectrotechnology Training Package 4.0 
TAE10 - Training and EducationTraining and Education 2.0-3.4 
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 3.0-3.3 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0-2.2 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 1.0-1.4 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.2 
ICP10 - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 2.0-2.1 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 5.0-5.1 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0-2.3 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
FNS10 - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 5.0-5.1 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 2.0-4.1 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.2 
CSC12 - Correctional Services Training PackageCorrectional Services Training Package 1.0-1.1 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 4.0-4.2 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UET60312 - Advanced Diploma of ESI - Power Systems OperationsAdvanced Diploma of ESI - Power Systems Operations 1-2 
UET60212 - Advanced Diploma of ESI - Power SystemsAdvanced Diploma of ESI - Power Systems 1-2 
UET50312 - Diploma of ESI - Power Systems OperationsDiploma of ESI - Power Systems Operations 1-2 
UET50212 - Diploma of ESI - Power SystemsDiploma of ESI - Power Systems 1-3 
UEP50412 - Diploma of ESI Generation Maintenance - Electrical ElectronicDiploma of ESI Generation Maintenance - Electrical Electronic 1-3 
UEP50312 - Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance)Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance) 1-3 
UEP50212 - Diploma of ESI Generation (Operations)Diploma of ESI Generation (Operations) 1-3 
UEP50112 - Diploma of ESI Generation - Systems OperationsDiploma of ESI Generation - Systems Operations 1-3 
UEG60211 - Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 1-2 
UEG60114 - Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080317 Quality Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080317 Quality Management  03/Aug/2011 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes. Particular emphasis is on the development of systems and the analysis of information to monitor and adjust performance strategies, and to manage opportunities for further improvements.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to managers who take an active role in managing a continuous improvement process in order to achieve an organisation's objectives. Where managers are closely associated with the creation and delivery of products and services, they play an important part in influencing the ongoing development of the organisation.

At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures which require the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem-solving and decision-making strategies.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Lead continuous improvement systems and processes

1.1. Develop strategies  to ensure that team members are actively encouraged and supported to participate in decision-making processes, assume responsibility and exercise initiative as appropriate

1.2. Establish systems  to ensure that the organisation's continuous improvement processes  are communicated to stakeholders 

1.3. Ensure that change and improvement processes meet sustainability requirements 

1.4. Develop effective mentoring and coaching processes to ensure that individuals and teams are able to implement and support the organisation's continuous improvement processes

1.5. Ensure that insights and experiences from business activities are captured and accessible through knowledge management systems 

2. Monitor and adjust performance strategies

2.1. Develop strategies to ensure that systems and processes are used to monitor operational progress  and to identify ways in which planning and operations could be improved

2.2. Adjust and communicate strategies to stakeholders according to organisational procedures

3. Manage opportunities for further improvement

3.1. Establish processes to ensure that team members are informed of outcomes of continuous improvement efforts

3.2. Ensure processes include recording of work team performance  to assist in identifying further opportunities for improvement

3.3. Consider areas identified for further improvement when undertaking future planning

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills tocommunicate opportunities for improvement
  • learning skills to coach and mentor staff, using a range of methods to cater for different learning styles
  • innovation and lateral thinking skills to design better ways for achieving work outcomes
  • planning skills to establish and monitor systems and process for continuous improvement
  • teamwork and leadership skills to gain the confidence and trust of others

Required knowledge 

  • continuous improvement models
  • knowledge management systems
  • quality systems
  • sustainability principles

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • development and use of a range of strategies and approaches that improve work outcomes or organisational functioning, using continuous improvement models
  • monitoring performance and customer service.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace.

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are appropriate for this unit:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • assessment of reports
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • observationof presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of quality systems
  • review of strategies developed to ensure that team members are actively encouraged and supported to participate in decision-making processes, assume responsibility and exercise initiative
  • evaluation of how customer-service strategies were communicated to stakeholders
  • review of documentation outlining work team performance.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Strategies  may refer to:

  • clarification of roles and expectations
  • communication devices and processes, such as intranet and email communication systems, to facilitate input into workplace decisions
  • long-term or short-term plans that factor in opportunities for team input
  • mentoring and 'buddy' systems to support team members to participate in decision making
  • performance plans
  • reward and recognition programs for high performing staff
  • training and development activities.

Systems  may refer to:

  • forums and meetings
  • newsletters and reports
  • policies and procedures
  • electronic communication devices.

Continuous improvement processes  may include:

  • cyclical audits and reviews of workplace, team and individual performance
  • evaluations and monitoring of effectiveness
  • modifications and improvements to systems, processes, services and products
  • policies and procedures that allow an organisation to systematically review and improve the quality of its products, services and procedures
  • seeking and considering feedback from a range of stakeholders.

Stakeholders  may include:

  • business or government contacts
  • funding bodies
  • individuals within the work team
  • internal and external contacts
  • organisation's clients and customers
  • professional associations
  • senior management and board members
  • unions and employee groups.

Sustainability requirements  may include:

  • addressing environmental and resource sustainability initiatives, such as environmental management systems, action plans, green office programs, surveys and audits
  • applying the waste management hierarchy in the workplace
  • complying with regulations and corporate social responsibility considerations for sustainability to enhance the organisation's standing in business and community environments
  • determining organisation's most appropriate waste treatment, including waste to landfill, recycling, re-use, recoverable resources and wastewater treatment
  • implementing ecological footprinting
  • implementing environmental management systems, e.g. ISO 14001:1996 Environmental management systems life cycle analyses
  • implementing government initiatives, e.g. Australian government's Greenhouse Challenge Plus
  • improving resource and energy efficiency
  • initiating and maintaining appropriate organisational procedures for operational energy consumption
  • introducing a green office program (a cultural change program)
  • introducing green purchasing
  • introducing national and international reporting initiatives, e.g. Global Reporting Initiative
  • introducing product stewardship
  • reducing emissions of greenhouse gases
  • reducing use of non-renewable resources
  • referencing standards, guidelines and approaches, such as sustainability covenants and compacts or triple bottom line reporting
  • supporting sustainable supply chain.

Knowledge management systems  may include:

  • best practice transfer
  • communities of practice
  • cross-project learning
  • expert directories
  • knowledge brokers' knowledge mapping
  • knowledge repositories
  • measuring and reporting intellectual capital
  • mentoring
  • performance management
  • post-project reviews
  • proximity and architecture
  • social software
  • storytelling.

Operational progress  may refer to:

  • customer service indicators
  • OHS indicators
  • productivity gains
  • success in meeting agreed goals and performance indicators.

Recording of work team performance  may include:

  • annotated performance plans
  • quantitative data, such as production figures
  • recommendations for improvement
  • records and reports.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Management and leadership - management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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