Unit of competency details

PSPPM403B - Close simple projects (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 01/Nov/2012
(View details for release 2) Replaced07/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced05/May/2009

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DeletedDeleted from PSP12 Public Sector Training Package06/Mar/2016
Supersedes and is equivalent to PSPPM403A - Close projects04/May/2009

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training PackageTransport and Logistics Training Package 1.0-5.0 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI41515 - Certificate IV in Materiel LogisticsCertificate IV in Materiel Logistics 1-2 
TLI41510 - Certificate IV in Materiel LogisticsCertificate IV in Materiel Logistics 
PUA42409 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Test and Evaluation)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Test and Evaluation) 
PUA42109 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Intelligence Operations)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Intelligence Operations) 
PUA42010 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental) 
PUA41806 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Military Engineering)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Military Engineering) 
PUA41706 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Infantry Operations)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Infantry Operations) 
PUA41206 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Armoured Operations)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Armoured Operations) 
PSP41212 - Certificate IV in Government (Project Management)Certificate IV in Government (Project Management) 
PSP41204 - Certificate IV in Government (Project Management)Certificate IV in Government (Project Management) 1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  05/Jul/2004 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit covers project evaluation and reporting for generally low risk projects that may be small scale and managed by one person or a person with a small team. It includes implementing project review activities and finalising projects. Contract management requirements are not included as this aspect is addressed by units of competency within the Competency field of Procurement and Contract Management.

In practice, closing simple projects may overlap with other generalist and specialist work activities such as applying government processes, using resources, gathering information, providing input to change, managing contracts etc.

This unit, and unit PSPPM405A Administer simple projects, are mutually exclusive. One or the other, but not both, may contribute to a qualification.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements are the essential outcomes of the unit of competency.

Together, performance criteria specify the requirements for competent performance. Text in bold italics  is explained in the Range Statement following.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1 . Implement project review activities 

1.1 Evaluation of project process and achievement against objectives is undertaken in consultation with stakeholders  and results are reported in accordance with the project plan  and organisational policy and procedures .

1.2 Action to rectify problems in meeting client needs is recommended and documented.

1.3 Implications of project results for policies and operating procedures are identified and recommendations are made for their amendment.

1.4 Information obtained from the evaluation of the project is structured so it may be used to improve relevant policy and practice in accordance with organisational requirements.

2 . Finalise project 

2.1 Contracts are finalised and financial records are checked for accuracy and completed in accordance with organisational procedures.

2.2 Project wind-down is managed, documentation  is completed, records are archived and approvals  are obtained in accordance with the project plan and organisational policy and procedures.

2.3 Project stakeholders are debriefed, and recommendations are made for redeployment of infrastructure/resources in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

2.4 Project hand-over to user/s is completed in accordance with organisational procedures and lessons learnt are documented and reported to stakeholders to assist in continuous improvement.

2.5 Stakeholders are advised of procedures and authorities for initial support to implement project deliverables where relevant, and strategies are devised to manage long-term project momentum in accordance with organisational requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Skill requirements 

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • analysing results and evaluating results against objectives
  • writing recommendations and preparing reports requiring precision of expression
  • communicating with stakeholders and team members using a range of communication styles to suit different audiences and purposes
  • responding to diversity, including gender and disability
  • debriefing project team members
  • reporting on resource expenditure including time and costs
  • using project management tools suited to small scale or low risk projects
  • applying workplace safety procedures in line with project requirements
  • accessing/preparing information electronically or in hard copy

Knowledge requirements 

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge and understanding of:

  • legislation, organisational policies and procedures that may impact on project finalisation, for example:
  • public sector codes of ethics/conduct
  • occupational health and safety and environment requirements
  • project governance requirements
  • quality standards
  • risk management
  • procurement guidelines
  • human resource management and development
  • equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity principles
  • project management tools to suit a range of small scale or low risk projects
  • project management principles
  • organisational and political environment

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide specifies the evidence required to demonstrate achievement in the unit of competency as a whole. It must be read in conjunction with the Unit descriptor, Performance Criteria, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Public Sector Training Package.

Units to be assessed together 

  • Pre-requisite units that must  be achieved prior  to this unit:Nil
  • Co-requisite units that must  be assessed with  this unit:Nil
  • Co-assessed units that may  be assessed with this unit to increase the efficiency and realism of the assessment process include, but are not limited to:
  • PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
  • PSPGOV402B Deliver and monitor service to clients
  • PSPGOV403B Use resources to achieve work unit goals
  • PSPGOV411A Deal with conflict
  • PSPGOV412A Use advanced workplace communication strategies
  • PSPGOV422A Apply government processes
  • PSPLEGN401A Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
  • PSPPROC410A Administer contracts
  • PSPPM401B Design simple projects
  • PSPPM402B Manage simple projects
  • Excluded units that may not  contribute to the same qualification as this unit:
  • PSPPM405A Administer simple projects

Overview of evidence requirements 

In addition to integrated demonstration of the elements and their related performance criteria, look for evidence that confirms:

  • the knowledge requirements of this unit
  • the skill requirements of this unit
  • application of the Employability Skills as they relate to this unit (see Employability Summaries in Qualifications Framework)
  • closure of simple projects in a range of (3 or more) contexts (or occasions, over time)

Resources required to carry out assessment 

These resources include:

  • legislation, guidelines, procedures and protocols relating to project close-out
  • workplace project documentation
  • scenarios and case studies
  • examples of project management tools

Where and how to assess evidence 

Valid assessment of this unit requires:

  • a workplace environment or one that closely resembles normal work practice and replicates the range of conditions likely to be encountered when closing projects, including coping with difficulties, irregularities and breakdowns in routine
  • closure of simple projects in a range of (3 or more) contexts (or occasions, over time)

Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands, such as literacy, and the needs of particular groups, such as:

  • people with disabilities
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • women
  • young people
  • older people
  • people in rural and remote locations

Assessment methods suitable for valid and reliable assessment of this competency may include, but are not limited to, a combination of 2 or more of:

  • case studies
  • demonstration
  • portfolios
  • questioning
  • scenarios
  • authenticated evidence from the workplace and/or training courses

For consistency of assessment 

Evidence must be gathered over time in a range of contexts to ensure the person can achieve the unit outcome and apply the competency in different situations or environments

Range Statement

The Range Statement provides information about the context in which the unit of competency is carried out. The variables cater for differences between States and Territories and the Commonwealth, and between organisations and workplaces. They allow for different work requirements, work practices and knowledge. The Range Statement also provides a focus for assessment. It relates to the unit as a whole. Text in bold italics  in the Performance Criteria is explained here.

Stakeholders  may include:

  • project sponsor/funding bodies
  • clients or customers (internal and external)
  • industry
  • other agencies
  • general public
  • relevant interest groups
  • unions
  • functional areas
  • the organisation's senior management
  • Ministers
  • project team
  • steering committee members
  • end user
  • supplier/service provider

Project plan  will include some or all of:

  • acquisition strategies
  • budget and financial management strategy
  • contract management
  • cost estimates
  • evaluation criteria
  • expected outcomes/measurable benefits of the project
  • facilities
  • inclusions and exclusions from project
  • information/communication strategy
  • intellectual property strategies
  • milestones
  • objectives
  • outputs/project deliverables and their acceptance criteria
  • people plan including human resource management and human resource development
  • performance criteria/indicators
  • project control mechanisms
  • project implementation strategy
  • project governance strategy
  • purpose
  • quality assurance
  • quality control
  • quality standards for project
  • rationale
  • required project resources
  • resource management
  • risk management
  • roles and responsibilities
  • schedule/timeline
  • task/work breakdown structure (WBS)

Policy and procedures  may include:

  • government legislation (Federal, State and Local) affecting organisation's administration such as:
  • public sector management acts
  • financial management and accounting legislation and regulations
  • privacy legislation
  • government and organisational guidelines and procedures relating to:
  • project governance
  • resourcing
  • security
  • strategic plans
  • recruitment
  • risk management
  • procurement guidelines
  • designation approvals
  • industrial agreements

Management of project wind-down  may include:

  • risks
  • issues
  • assets
  • consultants
  • project team
  • support staff

Documentation  may include:

  • project completion report
  • supplier performance reports
  • whole-of-life support plans
  • transfer documents
  • financial reports and acquittals

Approvals  may be required from:

  • project sponsor/funding body
  • business owner of the project
  • program manager
  • line manager
  • project governance office/personnel in the organisation
  • chief executive officer, manager or management representative
  • customer or client

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Competency field

Project Management.

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