Unit of competency details

PUACOM001C - Communicate in the workplace (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to PUACOM001 - Communicate in the workplace 15/Jul/2019

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 17/Aug/2012
(View details for release 1) 09/Feb/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

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PUA41004 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)Superseded
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RGR20213 - Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)Superseded
PUA20410 - Certificate II in Public Safety (SES Rescue)Certificate II in Public Safety (SES Rescue)Deleted
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RGR30308 - Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Superseded2-3 
DEF31112 - Certificate III in Driving in a Threat EnvironmentCertificate III in Driving in a Threat EnvironmentDeleted1-2 
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping


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 03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

PUACOM001C Release 2: Layout adjusted. Application added.

PUACOM001C Release 1: Primary release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency for interacting with people internally and externally through verbal, nonverbal and written communications in the workplace and the ability to follow verbal and written workplace instructions.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to all workers, but has a specific focus on the communication skills required by entry level workers with public safety organisations and other safety roles.

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. Communicate verbally 

1.1 Language used in all communications is clear concise and appropriate to client, assignment and organisation's requirements.

1.2 Active listening skills and questioning techniques are used to clarify issues.

1.3 Established communication  pathways are used for routine and non-routine communication.

2. Communicate non verbally 

2.1 Non verbal communication  is positive, culturally appropriate and tailored to the audience.

2.2 Non verbal communication is consistent with verbal communication.

3. Communicate with clients 

3.1 Questioning, learning and summarising skills are used to establish client needs. 

3.2 The needs of clients  are addressed in line with organisation's policy and procedures.

3.3 Confidentiality is observed in accordance with organisation's policies and procedures.

4. Give and receive instructions 

4.1 Instructions  received are acted upon within an agreed time frame and to meet organisation needs.

4.2 Difficulties/problem areas are identified and communicated to the appropriate person in a timely manner.

4.3 Clarification of instructions is sought from the appropriate person.

4.4 Instructions are relayed clearly, concisely and accurately and confirmation of understanding obtained.

5. Take part in group discussions and informal meetings 

5.1 Contributions are made in small informal group activities and meetings to facilitate outcomes.

5.2 Responses are sought from, and provided to, other group members in a constructive way.

5.3 Views and opinions of individuals or a group are understood, acknowledged and accurately represented to others where required.

6. Prepare and process routine written correspondence notes and records 

6.1 Information and ideas are presented in a format, language and timeframe to meet organisation's requirements.

6.2 Presentation of written documents meets organisation's standards of style and accuracy.

6.3 Documents are processed to comply with legislative requirements and organisation's policy and procedures.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • communicate in group setting
  • follow written instructions
  • give and receive verbal instructions
  • interact with clients
  • use information technology effectively

Required Knowledge 

  • effective non verbal communication techniques
  • effective verbal communication techniques
  • group communication techniques
  • small group dynamics
  • written communication skills

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

It is essential for this unit that competence be demonstrated in effectively interacting with clients and communicate verbally and non verbally.

Consistency in performance 

Evidence should be gathered over a period of time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

  • A combination of oral or written presentations
  • observations
  • on the job and/or in a simulated workplace environment

Specific resources for assessment 

No special 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.

Clients  may include:

  • external
  • internal
  • representatives of other organisations
  • representatives of non government organisations
  • contractors
  • members of the public
  • persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people with hearing/vision impairments

Instructions  may include:

  • verbal
  • non verbal
  • written and may include requests
  • directions

Modes of communication  may include:

  • written
  • face to face
  • radio
  • mobile telephone
  • land line telephone
  • facsimile
  • information technology systems
  • signalling systems
  • pamphlets translated in other languages for persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Auslan gestures
  • use of interpreters
  • signals
  • visual signalling re vessels
  • helicopter signals
  • fixed plane signals
  • signalling to vessel skipper re anchoring, towing etc

Client needs  may include:

  • information
  • advice
  • directions
  • assistance

Workplace  may include:

  • office
  • in the field
  • workshop
  • operational area
  • surf or ocean environment
  • blue water coastal areas, barrier reef
  • bars and bar crossings

Non verbal communication  may include:

  • body language
  • gestures and signals

Routine correspondence  may include:

  • brief notes
  • documents
  • number of themes covered in document would be simple and limited

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.