Unit of competency details

BSBWRT401A - Write complex documents (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBWRT401 - Write complex documentsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 24/Sep/2008

Training packages that include this unit

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FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0-2.3 
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 
CPC08 - Construction, Plumbing and Services Training PackageConstruction, Plumbing and Services Training Package 6.0-9.9 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 9.0-14.3 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 
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 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
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 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.0 
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 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0-2.2 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 1.0-4.1 
RGR08 - Racing Training PackageRacing Training Package 1.0-2.0 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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SIT60212 - Advanced Diploma of EventsAdvanced Diploma of EventsSuperseded1-3 
SIT50312 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of HospitalitySuperseded1-3 
CPC50611 - Diploma of Hydraulic Services DesignDiploma of Hydraulic Services DesignSuperseded
CPC40808 - Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa BuildingCertificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa BuildingSuperseded1-4 
FDF40210 - Certificate IV in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingCertificate IV in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingSuperseded1-3 
SIT40412 - Certificate IV in Commercial CookeryCertificate IV in Commercial CookerySuperseded1-2 
PSP52312 - Diploma of TranslatingDiploma of TranslatingSuperseded
SIT40613 - Certificate IV in Catering OperationsCertificate IV in Catering OperationsSuperseded
SIT60313 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of HospitalitySuperseded
BSB40212 - Certificate IV in BusinessCertificate IV in BusinessSuperseded1-2 
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

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10082NAT - Certificate III in Advanced English for Further StudyCertificate III in Advanced English for Further Study Non-Current
39294QLD - Certificate IV in Trade Supervision (Specialisation)Certificate IV in Trade Supervision (Specialisation) Non-Current
21774VIC - Certificate III in General Education for AdultsCertificate III in General Education for Adults Non-Current
52559WA - Certificate IV in Leadership DevelopmentCertificate IV in Leadership Development Non-Current
10517NAT - Certificate IV in Rail Incident InvestigationCertificate IV in Rail Incident Investigation Cancelled
40630SA - Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing)Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) Non-Current
40629SA - Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing)Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) Non-Current
80910ACT - Certificate IV in Professional CommunicationCertificate IV in Professional Communication Non-Current
22053VIC - Advanced Diploma of Legal PracticeAdvanced Diploma of Legal Practice Non-Current
21937VIC - Certificate IV in ESL (Employment / Professional)Certificate IV in ESL (Employment / Professional) Non-Current
21915VIC - Certificate IV in Shared TechnologyCertificate IV in Shared Technology Non-Current
21916VIC - Diploma of Shared TechnologyDiploma of Shared Technology Non-Current
21917VIC - Advanced Diploma of Shared TechnologyAdvanced Diploma of Shared Technology Non-Current
22038VIC - Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations)Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations) Non-Current
22153VIC - Certificate IV in Business (Operations Management)Certificate IV in Business (Operations Management) Non-Current
22257VIC - Certificate IV in EAL (Employment / Professional)Certificate IV in EAL (Employment / Professional) Non-Current
22276VIC - Advanced Diploma of Legal PracticeAdvanced Diploma of Legal Practice Non-Current
22267VIC - Diploma of Electrical Project ManagementDiploma of Electrical Project Management Non-Current
22263VIC - Certificate IV in Integrated TechnologiesCertificate IV in Integrated Technologies Non-Current
10047NAT - Certificate IV in Payroll AdministrationCertificate IV in Payroll Administration Non-Current
10255NAT - Certificate IV in Women's EducationCertificate IV in Women's Education Non-Current
10263NAT - Diploma of Applied GeosciencesDiploma of Applied Geosciences Non-Current
52564WA - Course in Strategies for Successful Governance of Not For Profit Community Services OrganisationsCourse in Strategies for Successful Governance of Not For Profit Community Services Organisations Non-Current
22091VIC - Diploma of Professional Writing and EditingDiploma of Professional Writing and Editing Non-Current
22283VIC - Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations)Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations) Non-Current
22086VIC - Diploma of Facilities ManagementDiploma of Facilities Management Non-Current
80909ACT - Advanced Diploma of Public RelationsAdvanced Diploma of Public Relations Non-Current
80908ACT - Advanced Diploma of JournalismAdvanced Diploma of Journalism Non-Current


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080901 Secretarial And Clerical Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080901 Secretarial And Clerical Studies  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 plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce documents of some complexity.

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 who work in a range of business environments and are skilled in the creation of reports, information and general promotion documents that are more complex than basic correspondence, memos or forms and that require review and analysis of a range of information sources.

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. Plan documents

1.1. Determine the purposes  of documents

1.2. Choose appropriate formats  for documents

1.3. Establish means of communication 

1.4. Determine requirements of documents 

1.5. Determine categories and logical sequences of data , information and knowledge  to achieve document objectives

1.6. Develop overview of structure and content of documents

2. Draft text

2.1. Review and organise available data, information and knowledge according to proposed structure and content

2.2. Ensure data, information and knowledge is aggregated, interpreted and summarised to prepare text that satisfies document purposes and objectives

2.3. Include graphics as appropriate

2.4. Identify gaps in required data and information, and collect additional material from relevant enterprise personnel 

2.5. Draft text according to document requirements and genre

2.6. Use language appropriate to the audience

3. Prepare final text

3.1. Review draft text to ensure document objectives are achieved and requirements are met

3.2. Check grammar, spelling and style for accuracy and punctuation

3.3. Ensure draft text is approved by relevant  enterprise personnel

3.4. Process text amendments as required

4. Produce document

4.1. Choose basic design elements  for documents appropriate to audience and purpose

4.2. Use word processing software to apply basic design elements to text

4.3. Check documents to ensure all requirements are met

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communication skills to clarify requirements of documents
  • literacy skills to edit and proofread documents; to create documents with a complex, organised structure of linked paragraphs which use simple and complex syntactic structure
  • numeracy skills to collate and present data, graphs and annotated references
  • problem-solving skills to use processes flexibly and interchangeably.

Required knowledge 

  • enterprise style guide/house style
  • formatting styles and their impact on formatting, readability and appearance of documents
  • organisational requirements for ergonomics, work periods and breaks, and resource conservation techniques
  • rules and conventions for written English, as defined by general and specialist dictionaries and books about grammar.

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:

  • production of documents
  • editing draft text to ensure accuracy and clarity of information
  • knowledge of enterprise style guide/house style.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • examples of documents and style guides.

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
  • review of structure and content of documents
  • review of draft documents
  • review of final documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of word processing software functions.

Guidance information for assessment 

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

  • BSBITU401A Design and develop complex text documents.

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.

Purposes of documents  may include:

  • conveying research findings
  • documenting policies, procedures and processes
  • influencing attitudes, opinions, beliefs
  • meeting legal requirements
  • meeting other data, information or knowledge needs of an audience
  • proposing recommendations, options and actions

Appropriate formats  for documents may include:

  • detailed business letters
  • emails
  • instructions and procedures
  • manuals
  • publications, leaflets, brochures
  • reports
  • speeches and presentations
  • submissions tender documentation and public notices
  • website text

Means of communication  may include:

  • software packages such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PageMaker, MS PowerPoint and templates

Requirements of documents  may include:

  • compliance with genre
  • compliance with proformas, standardised reporting requirements or undertakings made by the organisation about reporting
  • file types and sizes for online documents
  • languages other than English requirements
  • legal or traditional requirements for the particular document format
  • organisational policy, procedures and guidelines applying to writing documents, including house style
  • point numbering systems
  • requirements for illustrations, photographs, graphs, charts, maps and other illustrative material to explain texts
  • standards for references, footnotes, citations, acknowledgements
  • time lines, including deadlines
  • word length
  • writing styles, including simplicity of English and use of technical language

Categories and logical sequences of data , information and knowledge  may include:

  • arguments and rebuttals
  • categories and sequences traditionally used for the particular type of document being prepared
  • chronological, alphabetical or operating sequences
  • facts, observations, conclusions and recommendations
  • illustrative case studies and other examples
  • linking and summary statements
  • recommendations and supporting arguments

Relevant enterprise personnel  may include:

  • colleagues/staff in own work section/ team members
  • consultative committees
  • internal providers of specialist expertise
  • managers/leaders/coordinators/supervisors
  • owners
  • staff in relevant work sections

Design elements  may include:

  • capitals and underlining
  • fonts
  • headings
  • illustrations, photographs and other illustrative material for design purposes
  • justification and alignment
  • lists and tables
  • logos, branding, organisational identity requirements
  • margins and paragraph indentation
  • page shape
  • page size
  • templates
  • use and amount of colour
  • use and amount of white space

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Communication - Writing

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units