Unit of competency details

PUADEFCA405B - Undertake surveillance patrol tasks (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 09/Feb/2011

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 099905 Security Services  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 099905 Security Services  03/Sep/2009 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency required to undertake surveillance patrols as part of a team  during land operations in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Surveillance patrols are conducted to both maintain security and to gain information . Surveillance patrolling  is carried out in both forward and rear areas to detect, locate, identify and report on threats and to monitor the threat environment.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for patrolling 

1.1 Security operation orders  are received and clarified where required

1.2 Equipment  is checked  and assembled  in accordance with standard procedures 

1.3 Personal preparation  is carried out in accordance with patrol orders, operational requirements and standard procedures

1.4 Patrol rehearsals  are carried out in accordance with patrol orders operational requirements and standard procedures

2. Apply patrolling techniques 

2.1 Patrol is inserted  and extracted  in accordance with the patrol orders and standard procedures

2.2 Patrol security  is maintained in accordance with patrol orders, operational requirements and standard procedures

2.3 Formations  are adhered to in accordance with patrol requirements and standard procedures

2.4 Patrol drills and procedures  are conducted in accordance with operational requirements, orders and standard procedures

2.5 Navigational techniques  are applied in accordance with patrol requirements and standard procedures

2.6 Sign  is detected and reported in accordance with patrol requirements and standard procedures

2.7 Threat  is located, identified and monitored when present within designated areas in accordance with standard procedures

3. Finalise patrolling activities 

3.1 Post patrol activities  are conducted in accordance with patrol orders and standard procedures

3.2 Post patrol administration  is conducted in accordance with patrol orders and standard procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required Skills 

  • apply administrative requirements
  • apply battlecraft aggressively
  • apply fieldcraft skills
  • apply navigation techniques
  • apply operational safety
  • apply patrol drills
  • apply first aid
  • apply preventative health measures
  • employ relevant patrol equipment
  • employ weapon effects safely
  • work in a team

Required Knowledge 

  • administrative requirements
  • assimilate orders
  • battlecraft
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of patrol weapons
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant patrol equipment
  • current operational environment
  • fieldcraft
  • first aid
  • navigation techniques
  • operational safety
  • patrol drills
  • preventative health measures
  • team work

Evidence Guide


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

Assessment must confirm the ability to receive and apply orders; to prepare and use patrol equipment; and to apply fieldcraft and battlecraft.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over a range of actual or simulated patrolling contexts that could be expected in the workplace.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in operations or in a simulated operational environment.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to a training or operational setting, weapons and equipment required for patrolling.

Guidance information for assessment 

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

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.

A surveillance patrol team is 

A grouping of up to ten personnel (for infantry this would be a section)

Information may include 

Changes in patterns of normalcy

Characteristics of infrastructure and facilities

Sign of activity

Strength and disposition of threat

Patrolling may be required 

By day or by night in all weather conditions and across all terrain

On foot, in vehicles, in watercraft and in aircraft

In order to:

  • locate threats
  • obtain details of threat protective measures and other obstacles
  • observe threat habits and traffic
  • locate obstacle crossing points
  • collect topographical information on features, track systems and the state of the ground
  • identify normalcy and changes to normalcy patterns

Orders may include 

Warning orders

Snap orders

Deliberate orders

And may be:

  • formal or informal
  • written or oral

Equipment may include 


Body armour

Communication equipment

Day and night vision equipment

Encryption devices

Load carrying equipment



Specialist equipment


Checking and assembling equipment may include 

Cleaning weapons

Removing non-essential items

Securing loose items to reduce noise

Test firing weapons

Testing and assembling patrol equipment

Standard procedures may include 

Australian Standards

Defence Instructions

Doctrinal pamphlets

Job guides, other publications

Manufacturers' handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions

Occupational health and safety (OH&S) regulations

Organisational policies and procedures

Procedure manuals

Reengagement procedures

Relevant local government by-laws

Relevant state/territory or federal legislation

Routine Orders

Standing Operating Procedures

Standing Orders

Written and verbal orders

Personal preparation may include 

Applying camouflage


Operational security

Preventative health measures


Patrol rehearsals may include 

Actions to achieve patrol mission

Actions on unexpected incidents

Actions with other organisations



Insertion and extraction of the patrol may be by 




Patrol security may include 

Camouflage and concealment


Maintaining formations

Methods of movement

Observing arcs

Protection at the halt

Searching ground

Weapon readiness states

Formations may include 




Open file

Single file

Staggered file

Patrol drills and procedures may include 

Basic drill

Break contact drill

Contact drill

Counter ambush drills

Harbour drills

Insertion and extraction drills

Mine incident drills

Observation post routine

Obstacle crossing drills

Rendezvous and marry-up procedures

Short halts

Navigational techniques may include 

Following compass bearings

Pacing and estimating distance

Operating global positioning systems

Relating map to ground

Sign may include 

Patterns of human movement

Physical evidence of movement

Visual evidence

Threats may include 

Hostile forces

Illegal activity such as:

  • people, drug or weapon smuggling
  • exporting of protected flora and fauna
  • unauthorised entry
  • unauthorised fishing and hunting
  • drug cultivation or manufacture
  • terrorists

Post patrol activities may include 

Handing over personnel and equipment

Participating in patrol debrief

Posting patrol reports

Preparing for debriefs

Processing detainees

Providing information

Reviewing standard procedures

Post patrol administration may include 

Equipment cleaning

Maintenance of personal hygiene

Returning patrol equipment

Reconstituting patrol

Weapon cleaning

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /


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