Unit of competency details

PUAEMR022 - Establish context for emergency risk assessment (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 17/Aug/2012

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUAEMR001B - Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteriaPUAEMR001B deleted and replaced by PUAEMR022 16/Aug/2012

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PUA50412 - Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management) 1-2 
PUA40313 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision) 1-2 
DEF55115 - Diploma of Range ManagementDiploma of Range Management 
DEF52312 - Diploma of Work Health SafetyDiploma of Work Health Safety 
DEF52215 - Diploma of Explosive Ordnance ManufactureDiploma of Explosive Ordnance Manufacture 
DEF52115 - Diploma of Explosive OrdnanceDiploma of Explosive Ordnance 
DEF50712 - Diploma of Range ManagementDiploma of Range Management 
DEF50317 - Diploma of ComplianceDiploma of Compliance 
DEF42415 - Certificate IV in Explosive Ordnance OperationsCertificate IV in Explosive Ordnance Operations 
DEF42315 - Certificate IV in Explosive Ordnance ManufactureCertificate IV in Explosive Ordnance Manufacture 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080313 Public And Health Care Administration  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080313 Public And Health Care Administration  03/Dec/2012 
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Modification History


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PUA12 V1

First release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the outcomes required to determine an emergency risk assessment s objectives, scope, stakeholders, and risk criteria.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to people required to initiate an emergency risk assessment with a community or part of a community. Such assessments are conducted at local, regional or state level by local governments, emergency management committees, public safety agencies, major event managers or other organisations that need to understand emergency risk to a community.

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

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. Identify objectives and scope by research and consultation 

1.1 Objectives and scope are identified using emergency risk management standards and guidelines. 

1.2 Stakeholder  roles and required inputs are determined in accordance with policies and procedures. 

1.3 Budget, timeframe and schedule for research and consultation are determined.

1.4 Information about communities is obtained.

2. Identify and consult with stakeholders 

2.1 Stakeholders are identified.

2.2 Existing and potential liaison networks are identified and evaluated for relevance.

2.3 Stakeholder networks are developed using a range of strategies.

2.4 Communication and consultation are established.

2.5 Communication options are selected to develop a communication plan.

3. Clarify roles and requirements with stakeholders 

3.1 Stakeholders roles and the need for their input are clearly defined and emphasised in seeking their cooperation.

3.2 Stakeholders are informed of the aims, objectives, risk management context and structure within which they must operate.

3.3 Stakeholders needs are determined and conflicting needs identified and noted.

4. Develop risk criteria with stakeholders 

4.1 Social, environmental, financial and timeframe needs are identified in consultation with stakeholders.

4.2 Legal, technical and political considerations are identified in consultation with stakeholders.

4.3 Reasons for, and selection of, criteria are negotiated with stakeholders and agreed upon.

4.4 Risk criteria  are recommended which take into account practical constraints  and the community s acceptance of risk.

4.5 Community expectations of acceptable risk are established.

5. Monitor and review 

5.1 Context and evaluation criteria are monitored in accordance with policies and procedures.

5.2 Context and evaluation criteria are reviewed in accordance with standards and guidelines.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • stakeholder analysis
  • communication and consultation in a group context
  • facilitation of group processes
  • negotiation
  • problem solving
  • project management
  • research skills to conduct geographic, demographic and socio-economic analysis

Required Knowledge 

  • emergency risk management concepts and principles included in the current National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines
  • legislative and regulatory requirements relevant to emergency risk management
  • problem solving and decision making techniques

Evidence Guide

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

Stakeholders are comprehensively identified and consulted to establish a clear context, which includes objectives, scope and risk criteria.

Consistency in performance 

Candidates should be expected to present evidence from at least two different contexts, one of which may be simulated.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Evidence of competence in this unit may be collected in a simulated environment and a real environment, often as part of a larger project with concurrent assessment of other emergency risk management competencies.

Specific resources for assessment 

For the demonstration of competence in this unit it will be necessary to participate in a real-world project.

Underpinning knowledge may be assessed through written assignments, project reports, debriefings and action learning projects in real or simulated environments.

Guidance information for assessment  

This unit contains many transferable skills, such as communication, consultation, research and analysis skills that can be applied in the emergency risk management context. Assessors should use formative assessment strategies in a simulated environment to contextualise underpinning knowledge. Summative assessment requires application of the unit in a real-world project, often in an action-learning context.

This unit may be assessed with other units that address other parts of the emergency risk management process.

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.

Standards and guidelines  may include:

  • AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009, Risk management Principles and Guidelines
  • HB 327:2010, Communicating and consulting about risk
  • ISO Guide 73:2009, Risk management Vocabulary
  • National Emergency, Management Committee (2010), National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines
  • jurisdictional or organisational emergency risk management policies and procedures

Stakeholders  may include:

  • staff
  • client groups
  • decision makers
  • members of the public
  • community groups
  • industry groups
  • public and private sector organisations
  • non-government organisations
  • elected officials

Policies and procedures  may include:

  • arrangements specified in legislation
  • organisational or jurisdictional emergency risk management policies or procedures
  • existing disaster plans, agreements or memoranda of understanding

Information about communities  may include:

  • demographic measures
  • socio-economic measures
  • local economy and industry makeup and interdependencies
  • cultural makeup and mix

Risk criteria  may include:

  • the nature and types of causes and consequences that can occur and how they will be measured
  • how likelihood will be defined
  • the timeframe(s) of the likelihood and/or consequence(s)
  • how the level of risk is to be determined
  • the views of stakeholders
  • the level at which risk becomes acceptable or tolerable
  • whether combinations of multiple risks should be taken into account and, if so, how and which combinations should be considered

Practical constraints  may include:

  • arrangements, roles and responsibilities set down in existing emergency management plans
  • availability of technical expertise, technology, equipment
  • budgets, time, availability and capability of people
  • land use planning policy, authority and regulation
  • legislation covering emergency management, environmental management, safety standards, local government regulations
  • limited community knowledge of emergency risk management processes and benefits
  • political, social and cultural considerations

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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