Unit of competency details

BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015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 2.0-2.1 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
ICT10 - Integrated Telecommunications Training PackageIntegrated Telecommunications Training Package 1.0-3.0 
SFL10 - Floristry Training PackageFloristry Training Package 1.0 
SIS10 - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training PackageSport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package 1.2-3.1 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 7.0-15.0 
SIH11 - Hairdressing Training PackageHairdressing Training Package 2.0 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 
ICA11 - Information and Communications Technology Training PackageInformation and Communications Technology Training Package 2.0 
CUA11 - Live Performance Training PackageLive Performance Training Package 1.0 
CUL11 - Library, Information and Cultural Services Training PackageLibrary, Information and Cultural Services Training Package 1.0 
LGA04 - Local Government Training PackageLocal Government Training Package 2.2-3.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUV - Arts and Culture Training PackageArts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
NWP07 - Water Training PackageWater Training Package 3.0 
CSC07 - Correctional Services Training PackageCorrectional Services Training Package 1.2 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-4.1 
RII09 - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 2.0-3.2 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
SIF - Funeral ServicesFuneral Services 1.0-2.0 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 1.0-1.4 
SIB10 - Beauty Training PackageBeauty Training Package 1.1-1.2 
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DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
AVI08 - Aviation Training PackageAviation Training Package 5.0 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0-2.2 
CUE03 - Entertainment Training PackageEntertainment Training Package 3.1-3.2 
HLT - HealthHealth 1.0-1.3 
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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PUA20910 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Communications Operations)Certificate II in Public Safety (Communications Operations)
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ICP30312 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)
ICT20213 - Certificate II in TelecommunicationsCertificate II in Telecommunications
DEF31612 - Certificate III in Artillery OperationsCertificate III in Artillery Operations
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CSC20112 - Certificate II in Justice ServicesCertificate II in Justice Services
BSB31007 - Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal)Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal)1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 059999 Agriculture, Environmental And Related Studies, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 059999 Agriculture, Environmental And Related Studies, 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 effectively measure current resource use and to carry out improvements including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices.

This unit requires the ability to access industry information, and applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines.

While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this unit at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this unit.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to operators/team members under supervision or guidance, who are required to follow workplace procedures and instructions, and to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. It covers:

efficient resource use

potential environmental hazards

regulatory compliance

improving environmental performance (within the scope of competency, authority and own level of responsibility).

It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

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 current resource use

1.1. Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues 

1.2. Identify resources used in own work role

1.3. Document and measure current usage of resources using appropriate techniques 

1.4. Record and file documentation measuring current usage, using technology (such as software systems) where applicable

1.5. Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel

2. Comply with environmental regulations

2.1. Follow workplace procedures to ensure compliance 

2.2. Report breaches or potential breaches to appropriate personnel

3. Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency

3.1. Follow organisational plans  to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

3.2. Work as part of a team, where relevant, to identify possible areas for improvements to work practices in own work area

3.3. Make suggestions  for improvements to workplace practices in own work area

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • analytical skills to comply with all relevant legislation associated with job specifications and procedures
  • communication and problem-solving skills to question, seek clarification and make suggestions relating to work requirements and efficiency
  • communication and teamwork skills to recognise procedures; to follow instructions; to respond to change, such as current workplace environmental/sustainability frameworks; and to support team work and participation in a sustainable organisation
  • literacy, numeracy and technology skills to interpret workplace information in relation to work role, and to document and measure resource use
  • technology skills to select and use technology appropriate for a task.

Required knowledge 

  • environmental and resource hazards/risks
  • environmental or sustainability legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to own work role
  • OHS issues and requirements
  • organisational structure, and reporting channels and procedures
  • relevant environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures
  • sustainability in the workplace
  • terms and conditions of employment including policies and procedures, such as daily tasks, employee and employer rights, equal opportunity.

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:

  • accessing, interpreting and complying with a range of environment/sustainability legislation and procedural requirements relevant to daily responsibilities
  • accurately following organisational information to participate in and support an improved resource efficiency process and reporting as required
  • developing and/or using tools such as inspection checklists, to collect and measure relevant information on organisation resource consumption, within work role
  • identifying organisational improvements by applying efficient resource use to daily activities
  • knowledge of environmental and resource hazards/risks.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • evidence is relevant to the particular workplace role, including work area, equipment, systems, and documentation
  • review of current work area directly relating to own work, to assess measurement of resources used, hazards and compliance
  • individual or team discussion about potential for increased resource efficiency within current work area
  • access to workplace documents, information and resources (such as compliance obligations, enterprise plans, work responsibilities).

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used t 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
  • observation of demonstrated techniques over time and in a range of situations
  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • review of documentation measuring current resource usage
  • evaluation of techniques used to document and measure current usage of resources
  • review of identified and reported workplace environmental hazards
  • evidence of active participation in organisational plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.

Guidance information for assessment 

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

  • BSBINN201A Contribute to workplace innovation
  • BSBSMB301A Investigate micro business opportunities
  • BSBWOR202A Organise and complete daily work activities.

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.

Environmental and resource efficiency issues  may include:

  • maximising opportunities to improve business environmental performance
  • minimising environmental risks
  • promoting more efficient production and consumption of natural resources, for example minimising waste by participating in or using a waste management system
  • using resources efficiently such as material usage, energy usage (seeking alternative sources of energy or energy conservation) or efficient water usage

Appropriate techniques  may include:

  • examining and documenting resources in work area
  • examining invoices from suppliers
  • examining relevant information and data
  • measuring resource usage under different conditions
  • reports from other parties involved in the process of identifying and implementing improvements

Compliance  may include:

  • meeting relevant laws, by-laws and regulations or best practice to support compliance in environmental performance and sustainability at each level as required (such as Environmental Protection or Biodiversity Conservation Act):
  • international
  • commonwealth
  • state/territory
  • local government
  • industry
  • organisation

Organisational plans  may include:

  • documented policies and procedures
  • work plans to minimise waste or to increase efficiency of resources such as a green office program, supply chain program for purchasing sustainable products or an environmental management framework

Suggestions  may include ideas that help to:

  • improve energy efficiency
  • increase use of renewable, recyclable, reusable and recoverable resources
  • maximise opportunities such as use of solar power or other alternative forms of energy, where appropriate
  • prevent and minimise risks
  • reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
  • reduce use of non-renewable resources

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Industry Capability - Sustainability

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units