Unit of competency details

BSBINN201A - Contribute to workplace innovation (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBINN201 - Contribute to workplace innovationUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

Training packages that include this unit

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ICP10 - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 1.0-2.1 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0-2.3 
LMF02 - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-1.2,2.0 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 1.0-1.3 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 8.0-14.3 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 4.0,5.0-5.1 
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 3.0-3.3 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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CUV30411 - Certificate III in Arts AdministrationCertificate III in Arts AdministrationSuperseded
CUA30413 - Certificate III in Live Production and ServicesCertificate III in Live Production and ServicesSuperseded
ICP30312 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)Superseded
BSB31007 - Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal)Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal)Superseded1-2 
SIT50312 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of HospitalitySuperseded1-3 
CUV40411 - Certificate IV in Photo ImagingCertificate IV in Photo ImagingSuperseded
SIT40412 - Certificate IV in Commercial CookeryCertificate IV in Commercial CookerySuperseded1-2 
SIT40613 - Certificate IV in Catering OperationsCertificate IV in Catering OperationsSuperseded
SIT60313 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of HospitalitySuperseded
FPI30605 - Certificate III in Timber MerchandisingCertificate III in Timber MerchandisingSuperseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 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 make a pro active and positive contribution to workplace innovation.

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 working in any industry or community context, in both small and large organisations. They take a pro active approach to identifying, suggesting and developing ideas about better ways of doing things at a practical operational level in a specific area of activity. While the individual's overall work is undertaken with some supervision and guidance, the nature of this process requires the application of discretion, judgement and effective interpersonal skills.

The unit assumes that there is wider organisational and management support for innovation and for individuals at all levels to contribute to the innovation process.

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. Identify opportunities to do things better

1.1. Be aware of own role  in workplace innovation

1.2. Pro-actively identify opportunities for improvement  in own area of work

1.3. Gather and review information which may be relevant to ideas  and which might assist in gaining support for ideas

2. Discuss and develop ideas with others

2.1. Identify people who could provide input  into ideas for improvements

2.2. Select the best way of approaching people  to begin sharing ideas

2.3. Seek feedback  on improvement of ideas, and discuss and develop options and possible variations 

2.4. Review and select ideas for follow-up based on feedback and further review

3. Address the practicalities of change

3.1. Take action to implement routine changes  in consultation with others and within scope of own responsibility

3.2. Identify and articulate issues and practical processes  for implementing proposed ideas

3.3. Present ideas and practical suggestions to the appropriate people about how improvements could be made

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communication skills to liaise with other team members, to discuss a range of ideas and to be open to different opinions
  • comprehension skills to review and interpret information from a wide range of sources
  • organisational skills to articulate practical processes and actions for change
  • problem-solving skills to identify and anticipate problems at a practical operational level and to develop possible solutions.

Required knowledge 

  • role and impact of innovation in the workplace at a practical operational level and the 'bigger picture' for innovation in the relevant work or community context
  • role of individuals in suggesting and making improvements and the importance of pro-active involvement
  • positive impacts and the challenges of change and innovation
  • types of changes that can occur as a result of effective individual participation
  • typical reasons why suggested improvements or innovations may not be implemented, including operational and management constraints
  • ways in which improvements and change can be suggested to maximise likelihood of support.

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:

  • generation of practical ideas in response to a specific workplace situation
  • effective and open interaction with others to discuss and develop ideas
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of individuals in contributing to workplace innovation.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • interaction with others to reflect the collaborative nature of the improvement/innovation process.

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:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • direct observation of the candidate participating in brainstorming, discussions and other collaborative activities to develop ideas
  • evaluation of candidate's ability to generate ideas to address a range of practical operational situations
  • evaluation of feedback from other people involved in the collaborative process about the candidate's communication approaches and abilities
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of the role of innovation, the role of individuals in the innovation process and the types of techniques that can be used.

Guidance information for assessment 

Innovation does not occur in isolation. Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is highly 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.

Own role  may relate to:

  • current organisational practice in relation to new ideas
  • knowledge of ways to suggest new ideas
  • scope of individual discretion and freedom in relation to new ideas
  • who needs to be involved in the process

Opportunities for improvement  may relate to:

  • changes in the physical work environment
  • different storage or maintenance procedures
  • different ways of communicating within the team
  • introduction of new technology
  • job role changes
  • new customer base
  • new work practices or services
  • staffing changes
  • work processes and procedures

Information which may be relevant to ideas  may include:

  • examples of similar approaches in other contexts or organisations
  • media articles about similar ideas
  • notes about how the idea could improve efficiency or service levels
  • pricing information

People who could provide input  may include those who might:

  • challenge and test the ideas
  • have supervisory or management responsibility
  • promote the ideas to others
  • provide technical knowledge
  • resource the ideas going forward
  • review any budgetary implications
  • work in the same area

Best way of approaching people  may be influenced by:

  • degree of formality required
  • location of people (e.g. may not be on-site)
  • need for any supporting documentation
  • time pressures and priorities

Feedback  could be gained in a range of ways and may include:

  • asking questions
  • talking to colleagues or supervisors
  • using brainstorming techniques
  • using 'what if' scenarios

Options and possible variations  development may occur by:

  • considering resources needed
  • considering time required
  • taking on board ideas from other people
  • thinking through all aspects of the ideas
  • whole new concepts that come out of discussions

Routine changes  may include:

  • adjustments to work practices with minimal impact on others or within a small team
  • changes that do not require management approvals
  • changes that have the support of management and for which authority is given for immediate action to be taken

Issues and practical processes  may relate to:

  • any approvals required
  • cost of implementation
  • internal politics
  • need for a planned communication approach (internal or external)
  • personalities and philosophies of others in the workplace
  • relationship of the idea to organisation priorities

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Creativity and Innovation - Innovation

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units