Unit of competency details

BSBINM601A - Manage knowledge and information (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 18/Apr/2008

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBINM601 - Manage knowledge and informationUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEG11 - Gas Industry Training PackageGas Industry Training Package 2.0 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0-2.2 
RII09 - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 2.0-3.2 
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 4.1-4.2 
LMF02 - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 4.0-5.1 
FNS10 - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-5.1 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUV03 - Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Craft and Design Training Package 3.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 7.0-14.5 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
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
UEG60114 - Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 
SFI50511 - Diploma of Seafood ProcessingDiploma of Seafood Processing 1-4 
SFI50211 - Diploma of Fishing OperationsDiploma of Fishing Operations 1-3 
SFI50111 - Diploma of AquacultureDiploma of Aquaculture 1-4 
RII60713 - Advanced Diploma of Surface Coal Mining ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Surface Coal Mining Management 1-2 
RII60709 - Advanced Diploma of Surface Coal Mining ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Surface Coal Mining Management 1-2 
RII60313 - Advanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management 1-3 
RII60312 - Advanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management 
RII60309 - Advanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management 
RII60213 - Advanced Diploma of Extractive Industries ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Extractive Industries Management 1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 029999 Information Technology, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 029999 Information Technology, N.e.c.  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and maintain information processing systems to support decision making, and to optimise the use of knowledge and learning throughout the organisation.

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 people working in management roles who have responsibility for ensuring that critical knowledge and information are readily available to review the organisation's performance and to ensure its effective functioning. Knowledge and information can include business performance data, customer feedback, statistical data and financial data.

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. Obtain information relevant to business issues

1.1. Review staff and customer feedback and business performance data

1.2. Identify, define and analyse business problems and issues

1.3. Identify information required to reach a decision on problems/issues

1.4. Source and gather reliable information

1.5. Test information for reliability and validity, and reject where contradictory or ambiguous

1.6. Utilise formal and informal networks to access corporate knowledge/memory not held in formal systems and review appropriately

2. Analyse information and knowledge

2.1. Ensure objectives for analyses are clear, relevant and consistent with the decisions required

2.2. Identify patterns and emerging trends correctly and interpret as to cause and effect

2.3. Utilise statistical analyses  and interpretation where appropriate

2.4. Undertake sensitivity analysis  on any proposed options

2.5. Ensure documentation reflects a logical approach to the evaluation of the evidence and conclusions drawn

2.6. Adjust management information systems /decision support systems  to meet information processing objectives

3. Take decisions on business issues identified

3.1. Ensure sufficient valid and reliable information/evidence is available to support a decision

3.2. Utilise risk management  plans to determine acceptable courses of action

3.3. Utilise appropriate quantitative methods  to assist decision making

3.4. Consult specialists and other relevant groups and individuals 

3.5. Ensure decisions taken are within the delegation/accountability of the group/individual responsible

3.6. Make decisions in accordance with organisational guidelines and procedures

3.7. Ensure decisions taken are consistent with organisational objectives, values and standards

3.8. Ensure decisions are taken in a timely manner

4. Disseminate information to the organisation

4.1. Ensure advice/information needs are documented and are specific to location, format and time line requirements

4.2. Document information and update databases regularly

4.3. Design and test systems to meet information requirements of decision makers

4.4. Ensure information is up-to-date, accurate, relevant and sufficient for the recipient

4.5. Develop communication plans  and disseminate information

4.6. Adhere to confidentiality/privacy policies in the transmission/release of information/advice

4.7. Review and update communication plans regularly

4.8. Utilise technology  which provides optimum efficiency and quality

4.9. Maintain corporate knowledge  and ensure security

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • analytical skills to identify improvement opportunities in relation to the services/products delivered internally or concepts/ideas in area of expertise
  • communication and consultation skills to ensure all relevant groups and individuals are advised of what is occurring and are provided with an opportunity for input
  • quantitative and qualitative research skills to locate and review relevant data and information
  • technology skills to consider various software and hardware options for storing and accessing data and information.

Required knowledge 

  • new technologies and their suitability to knowledge and information management
  • risk management.

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:

  • documentation which tracks a particular problem/issue through information gathering and analysis, decision making and taking, and dissemination to relevant groups and individuals
  • development and utilisation of relevant information storage and retrieval systems, as well as accessing informal knowledge and information from informal networks within the organisation
  • knowledge of new technologies and their suitability to knowledge and information management.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace.

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 reports on knowledge management and information management
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of information management systems
  • review of documentation identifying, defining and analysing business problems and issues
  • evaluation of communication plans
  • evaluation of the transmission/release of information/advice in terms of adhering to confidentiality/privacy policies.

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 Advanced Diploma of Management.

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.

Statistical analyses  may include:

  • correlation calculations
  • long-term trend analyses
  • probability assessment
  • regulation analyses
  • short to medium-term trend analyses

Sensitivity analyses  means:

  • applying 'what if' scenarios to available options

Management information systems  means:

  • formal systems for collecting, storing and synthesising information to be used in management decision making

Decision support systems  are:

  • management information systems which include some form of computer-based assistance to decision making (expert systems)

Risk management  means:

  • process of identification of potential negative events and the development of plans to mitigate or minimise the likelihood or consequences of the negative event if it occurs

Quantitative methods  may include:

  • dynamic programming
  • linear programming
  • queuing theory
  • simulation
  • transportation methodology

Relevant groups and individuals  means:

  • those personnel who have knowledge about the issue being dealt with and the expertise to assist the decision making process

Research  may include:

  • focus groups
  • group interviews
  • individual interviews
  • surveys

Communication plans  means:

  • structured program for the dissemination of information and the receipt of feedback information from individuals relevant to the process or activity

Technology  may include:

  • audio-visual media
  • internet
  • intranet
  • print media
  • radio
  • telephone
  • television

Corporate knowledge  may include:

  • copyright
  • intellectual property
  • technology

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Management and Leadership - Management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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