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Unit of competency details

AHCFAU301 - Respond to wildlife emergencies (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCFAU301A - Respond to wildlife emergenciesThis unit is equivalent to AHCFAU301A Respond to wildlife emergencies. 26/Jun/2016
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCFAU303 - Respond to wildlife emergenciesMinor change to Application, Elements 1 and 7, and Performance Criteria for clarity. Updated Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions 23/Dec/2020

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 27/Jun/2016


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050901 Land, Parks And Wildlife Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050901 Land, Parks And Wildlife Management  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and coordinate a response to natural resource emergencies involving fauna.

This unit applies to working within own area of responsibility in a response to a wildlife emergency. These individuals are required to take responsibility for their own work and take limited responsibility for other workers and possibly volunteers.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

In addition to legal responsibilities, all units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil.

Unit Sector

Fauna (FAU)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Evaluate wildlife emergency

1.1 Investigate nature of emergency from eyewitness reports or own inspection

1.2 Make assessment of key factors that may impact on an appropriate response, including public and personal health and safety, animal care, biosecurity and environmental factors

1.3 Notify authorities of incident according to enterprise procedures

1.4 Implement interim care of animals pending instructions from authorities

1.5 Delegate appropriate staff to provide interim care for animals

1.6 Ensure personnel assisting in interim care are equipped and briefed

1.7 Implement care instructions provided by authorities or veterinarians

1.8 Collect information to determine further action

1.9 Interview informants to obtain details of the situation

2. Implement response to emergency

2.1 Establish communications necessary to manage situation

2.2 Transport resources and personnel to site

2.3 Establish site procedures and implement emergency plans according to legislative requirements and enterprise procedures

2.4 Move live fauna

2.5 Remove dead fauna from site and dispose of biological matter in accordance with enterprise procedures and health and safety requirements

2.6 Clean site in accordance with enterprise procedures to maintain public and environmental health and safety

2.7 Implement measures that minimise risk to significant places, area, habitats, species and communities

3. Coordinate response

3.1 Inform general public and media of the nature of the incident and agency decisions

3.2 Brief volunteers and staff on workplace health and safety hazards, preventive measures and reporting requirements

3.3 Coordinate and deploy volunteers according to their skills and available personal protective equipment

3.4 Establish physical barriers to keep public away from animals to minimise their distress and to protect the public

3.5 Manage media until authorities provide instructions

3.6 Use media according to enterprise procedures

4. Care for affected animals

4.1 Assign teams to animals according to incident assessment, care instructions and skills within teams

4.2 Apply animal first aid

4.3 Perform role in wildlife operations team according to the command structure and procedures of the management plan

4.4 Care for animals using a range of skills and according to veterinary instructions and enterprise procedures

5. Determine management options

5.1 Seek veterinary advice where appropriate

5.2 Collect biological and incident data on animals

5.3 Evaluate management options according to advice, condition of animal and risk assessment

5.4 Band or tag released animals where required for scientific purposes

5.5 Source equipment and staff for returning animal to wild or temporary captive management

6. Remove carcass

6.1 Develop inter-agency agreement with local authority for removal of carcases

6.2 Dispose of carcases according to authority instructions

6.3 Source equipment and staff for disposal

7. Complete debrief and report

7.1 Follow incident management processes for debrief and wash-up

7.2 Provide report to management to determine what procedures should be implemented

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Unit Mapping Information

This unit is equivalent to AHCFAU301A Respond to wildlife emergencies.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • evaluate natural resource emergency
  • implement and coordinate response to emergency in accordance with enterprise procedures and health and safety requirements
  • follow enterprise procedures to ensure the safety of self, other personnel, the general public and the wildlife
  • determine management options including returning animal to wild or temporary captive management, according to authority and enterprise policies and procedures
  • follow instructions from veterinarians or authorities to care for animal
  • remove and dispose of animal carcases in accordance with authority instructions
  • complete debrief and prepare reports to enterprise standards
  • apply workplace health and safety policies and procedures when implementing emergency plans
  • apply appropriate animal welfare practices

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • health risks associated with animals
  • public relations and media management
  • incident management systems
  • State/Territory and local wildlife emergency authorities and organisations
  • local authorities for wildlife emergencies
  • potential biosecurity risks associated with wildlife rescue operations
  • basic requirements for ensuring the welfare of animals described in the relevant Codes of Practice

Assessment Conditions

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72