Unit of competency details

LGAWORK201A - Control traffic at a work site (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 11/Sep/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced13/Aug/2009

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030909 Transport Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030909 Transport Engineering  02/Jun/2003 
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Modification History

LGAWORK201A Release 2: Layout adjusted.

LGAWORK201A Release 1: Primary release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers controlling traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, around and through a council work site.

Application of the Unit

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in councils of all sizes. Knowledge of the legislation and regulations within which councils must operate is essential. The unique nature of councils, as a tier of government directed by elected members and reflecting the needs of local communities, must be appropriately reflected.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

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 required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1 Prepare for traffic control 

1.1 Safety and personal protective equipment  are identified and used according to manufacturers' recommendations and workplace procedures .  

1.2 Traffic controller ' s  position and escape route is identified according to workplace procedures.

2 Maintain traffic flow 

2.1 Traffic  is controlled using clear signals according to workplace procedures.

2.2 Traffic volume is monitored and traffic control is changed to suit the site conditions, ensuring minimal disruptions.

2.3 Communication with other controllers and the public is carried out according to workplace procedures.

3 Respond to emergencies 

3.1 Emergencies are responded to according to workplace procedures.

3.2 Information about incidents or accidents is recorded and reported according to workplace procedures.

4 Maintain records 

4.1 A record  is maintained detailing sign types and positions.

4.2 Required procedures are carried out when restricting vehicle speed through a work site.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit

Required Skills 

  • measuring and estimating speed and distance
  • workplace and public communication skills
  • working safely to instructions
  • using two-way communication systems
  • reporting in an oral and written format
  • using a key or symbols in interpreting information in Australian standards
  • recognising signage

Required Knowledge 

  • council accident/incident reporting procedures
  • workplace and equipment safety requirements
  • relevant Australian standards
  • council emergency procedures

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment requirements 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to perform the outcomes described in the Elements to the required performance level detailed in the Performance Criteria. The knowledge and skill requirements described in the Range Statement must also be demonstrated. For example, knowledge of the legislative framework and safe work practices that underpin the performance of the unit must be demonstrated.

Critical aspects of evidence to be considered 

Occupational health and safety regulations applicable to workplace operations are complied with.

Traffic control devices are positioned accurately.

Traffic flow is maintained effectively.

Communication with the public and personnel is appropriate.

A range of communication equipment is operated in compliance with Australian standards and traffic-control regulations.

Context of assessment 

May be assessed:

  • on the job
  • simulated workplace environment
  • written assignment
  • short-answer test
  • oral questioning
  • observation
  • or any combination of the above

Relationship to other units (prerequisite or co-requisite units )

To enable holistic assessment this unit may be assessed with other units that form part of the job role.

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are suggested:

  • observation of the learner performing a range of workplace tasks over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies
  • written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
  • completion of workplace documentation
  • third-party reports from experienced practitioners
  • completion of self-paced learning materials including personal reflection and feedback from trainer, coach or supervisor

Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance 

Evidence will need to be gathered over time across a range of variables.

Resource implications 

In accordance with a range of variable requirements.

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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Equipment  may include:

  • two-way radio
  • hand signals
  • stop/slow batons
  • mobile phones

Workplace procedures  may include:

  • council policies
  • guidelines
  • traffic control plan
  • emergency procedures
  • communication with the public regarding traffic flow and disruption
  • accident reporting procedures

Controller  may include:

  • single operator
  • two operators in visual or voice contact
  • two operators in radio contact

Traffic route  may include:

  • alternative access detours

Traffic  may include:

  • vehicular
  • pedestrian
  • livestock

Control devices  may include:

  • mobile electronic detour
  • detour signs
  • witches hats

Records  may include:

  • diary
  • photographic
  • council pro-forma

Unit Sector(s)

Operational Works

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