Unit of competency details

BSBHRM401A - Review human resources functions (Release 1)


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

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by BSBHRM404A - Review human resources functionsNew unit code. New element 4. Two new performance criteria at element 1. Rewritten and clarified performance criteria. New performance criteria at Element 2 and 5. Expanded and updated required skills section. Expanded and updated Range Statement. Updated and clarified critical aspects for assessment in Evidence Guide. 17/Mar/2013

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIS10 - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training PackageSport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package 1.2-3.1 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0-2.1 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 4.0-5.1 
HLT - HealthHealth 1.0-1.3 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 8.0-14.5 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-7.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIS40113 - Certificate IV in Community RecreationCertificate IV in Community Recreation 
SIS40110 - Certificate IV in Community RecreationCertificate IV in Community Recreation 1-4 
SFI40611 - Certificate IV in Seafood Industry Sales and DistributionCertificate IV in Seafood Industry Sales and Distribution 1-4 
SFI40511 - Certificate IV in Seafood ProcessingCertificate IV in Seafood Processing 1-4 
SFI40311 - Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management)Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management) 1-3 
SFI40211 - Certificate IV in Fishing OperationsCertificate IV in Fishing Operations 1-2 
SFI40111 - Certificate IV in AquacultureCertificate IV in Aquaculture 1-4 
PSP42012 - Certificate IV in School Support ServicesCertificate IV in School Support Services 
PSP42010 - Certificate IV in School Support ServicesCertificate IV in School Support Services 1-2 
PSP41912 - Certificate IV in Government (School Support Services)Certificate IV in Government (School Support Services) 
Items per page 10 | 20 | 50 | 100
Displaying items 1 - 10 of 22


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  25/Jul/2008 
The content being displayed has been produced by a third party, while all attempts have been made to make this content as accessible as possible it cannot be guaranteed. If you are encountering issues following the content on this page please consider downloading the content in its original form

Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake research that supports work across a range of human resources functional areas.

This is a foundation unit for any person wishing to pursue competency in human resources and provides a sound basis for working across various human resources functional areas.

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 individuals requiring a broad knowledge of human resources functions. It is not assumed that individuals at this level would have responsibility for supervising the work of others. However it is assumed that as a human resources practitioner, their work will support effective work practices across the organisation.

The unit requires a broad understanding of human resources functions, associated policy frameworks and the administrative requirements to support these functions and policies.

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. Research human resources functions

1.1. Clarify human resources issues  for review and document scope of review

1.2. Identify local, state/territory, national and international human resources networks for human resources professionals

1.3. Identify information sources for human resources data and information

1.4. Select a research strategy  suitable to the topic

1.5. Consult with relevant personnel 

1.6. Undertake research

1.7. Review research findings

2. Review policy and procedures frameworks

2.1. Locate policies and procedures relevant to the research topic

2.2. Analyse strengths and weaknesses of policies and procedures

2.3. Consider legislation, regulations and standards that apply to the policies and procedures and the research topic

3. Apply ethical framework

3.1. Review ethical requirements  associated with the human resources function under review

3.2. Consider ethical obligations of human resources personnel working in the area under review

3.3. Document behaviours associated with working ethically in the area under review

4. Report on research outcomes

4.1. Collate, analyse and document key findings of the review

4.2. Write report on outcomes of research

4.3. Develop recommendations for future activity

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • judgement and decision making skills to review ethical and policy frameworks and to recommend suggested improvements
  • literacy skills to research an issue and to write a clear and legible report which documents key issues coherently.

Required knowledge 

  • human resources functions and policy frameworks
  • legal and compliance requirements for working in human resources
  • roles and responsibilities of human resources practitioners.

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:

  • research report which reviews human resources functions and evidences understanding of the requirement for good policy and ethical approaches
  • knowledge of legal and compliance requirements for working in human resources.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • examples of human resources policies and files on performance feedback, disputes and grievances, workers compensation and leave applications.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • assessment of written report on outcomes of research
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • observation of presentations on human resources function/s being reviewed
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of human resources function/s being reviewed and policy frameworks
  • evaluation of research undertaken
  • review of documentation analysing the strengths and weaknesses of policies and procedures
  • review of documentation of behaviours associated with working ethically in the area under review.

Guidance information for assessment 

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

  • other units from the Certificate IV in Human Resources.

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.

Human resources issues  may include:

  • change management
  • employee assistance programs
  • human resources information systems (HRIS)
  • industrial relations
  • learning and development
  • occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • performance management
  • rehabilitation and return to work schemes
  • remuneration
  • selection and recruitment
  • succession planning

Research strategies  may involve:

  • interviews
  • literature searches of print and online resources
  • statistical analysis
  • surveys
  • websites

Relevant personnel  may include:

  • experienced human resources practitioners
  • training and development staff
  • managers and team leaders
  • industry experts or spokespersons

Ethical requirements  may include:

  • addressing improper behaviour
  • application of company values
  • Code of Conduct
  • confidentiality
  • principles such as fairness, respect, impartiality and integrity
  • reporting processes

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Workforce Development - Human Resource Management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Training component details
The following details are displayed for each different NRT:-

Training packages

- Training package details
- Training package components


- Qualification details
- Qualification components

Accredited courses

- Accredited course details


- Module details

Units of competency

- Units of competency details
- Unit components

Skill sets

- Skill set details
- Skill set components

Click on the Export link to export the NRT information to MS Word or PDF.

Click on the Manage notification link to create or change a notification for this NRT.

When selecting the Display history check box a set of tables will appear displaying a log of historical values describing what has changed and when over time.

If you have access to make changes to an NRT, click on the Edit link on the upper right hand side of the summary box.