Unit of competency details

AHCBUS501A - Manage staff (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCBUS501 - Manage staffThis unit is equivalent to AHCBUS501A Manage staff. 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTE5807A - Manage staff09/Jun/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Jun/2011

Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SFI50111 - Diploma of AquacultureDiploma of Aquaculture 1-4 
AHC51812 - Diploma of Organic FarmingDiploma of Organic Farming 
AHC51710 - Diploma of Rural Machinery ManagementDiploma of Rural Machinery Management 1-3 
AHC51610 - Diploma of Irrigation ManagementDiploma of Irrigation Management 1-2 
AHC51513 - Diploma of ViticultureDiploma of Viticulture 
AHC51410 - Diploma of Agribusiness ManagementDiploma of Agribusiness Management 1-5 
AHC51310 - Diploma of Pest ManagementDiploma of Pest Management 1-2 
AHC51210 - Diploma of Community Coordination and FacilitationDiploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation 1-3 
AHC51110 - Diploma of Conservation and Land ManagementDiploma of Conservation and Land Management 1-4 
AHC51010 - Diploma of Sports Turf ManagementDiploma of Sports Turf Management 1-3 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080303 Human Resource Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080303 Human Resource Management  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the management of staff and defines the standard required to: prepare task descriptions and person specifications; arrange employment of workforce members; implement Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures; review labour productivity.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to those whose job role includes managing staff and applies to both operational and strategic managers in agriculture, horticulture and land management.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare task descriptions and person specifications

1.1. Tasks are identified and described along with the range of conditions under which performance may need to occur.

1.2. Most appropriate employment arrangements are determined based on employer and employee needs, and responsibilities and rights.

1.3. Person specifications are prepared with due regard to legislation, codes and national standards.

2. Manage workforce performance

2.1. Induction programs are designed for each employee consistent with legislative requirements and enterprise guidelines.

2.2. Terms of engagement for consultants and contractors are clarified and established.

2.3. Induction programs are conducted for new appointees and appropriate records established.

2.4. Strategies for communicating with workers are designed and implemented.

2.5. Performance management strategies are designed and implemented.

2.6. Processes for the termination of non-performing staff are identified and followed as necessary.

3. Support workforce training programs

3.1. Strategies to identify skill and knowledge gaps are designed and implemented with workers, and strategies to address these gaps are implemented.

3.2. On-the-job training is provided to optimise worker performance and to ensure safety and fairness in the workplace.

3.3. Off-the-job training requirements are identified and training is sourced and supported as appropriate.

4. Manage administrative support

4.1. Processes and procedures for the administration of staff records are implemented.

4.2. Administrative procedures and processes to meet legislated requirements are implemented.

4.3. Industrial relations are established and monitored; awards adhered to, enterprise agreements and/or contracts of employment negotiated, and disputes and conflicts resolved.

5. Implement OHS priorities and procedures

5.1. Safety policies are developed and communicated within the enterprise.

5.2. Safe work practices are identified/ designed for all aspects of the operation of the enterprise.

5.3. Safe work practices are communicated and enforced among all members of the workforce.

5.4. All members of staff are involved in hazard identification and risk assessment for OHS.

5.5. New staff are inducted into the workplace OHS system.

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • apply enterprise policies and procedures for staff management
  • prepare task descriptions and person specifications
  • arrange employment of workforce members
  • performance manage staff
  • administer staff records
  • manage industrial relations
  • implement OHS priorities and procedures
  • review labour productivity
  • use literacy skills to fulfil job roles as required by the organisation. The level of skill may range from reading and understanding documentation to completion of written reports
  • use oral communication skills/language competence to fulfil the job role as specified by the organisation including questioning, active listening, asking for clarification, negotiating solutions and responding to a range of views
  • use numeracy skills to estimate, calculate and record complex workplace measures
  • use interpersonal skills to work with others and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities.

Required knowledge 

  • task descriptions and person specifications
  • equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity legislation
  • OHS legislation
  • relevant industrial awards
  • performance management approaches
  • personnel management strategies
  • employee induction programs
  • contracts of employment
  • unfair dismissal legislation
  • job specifications
  • interviewing procedures.

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 

Competence in managing staff requires evidence that staff have been successfully managed within an enterprise according to the criteria outlined in this standard. The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:

  • prepare task descriptions and person specifications
  • arrange employment of workforce members
  • implement OHS priorities and procedures
  • review labour productivity.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.

Managing staff may include:

  • all legal requirements for managing staff in the workplace including award and enterprise agreements and relevant industrial instruments
  • relevant legislation from all levels of government that affects business operation, especially in regard to OHS and environmental issues
  • equal opportunity
  • industrial relations
  • anti-discrimination
  • relevant industry codes of practice.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 


Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field