Unit of competency details

PUAOPE015A - Conduct briefings and debriefings (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUAOPE004B - Conduct briefings/debriefings 10/Feb/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to PUAOPE015 - Conduct briefings and debriefings 15/Jul/2019

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

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

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PUA60612 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Management)Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Management)Superseded1-2 
PUA40212 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)Superseded1-2 
DEF30417 - Certificate III in Defence Public AffairsCertificate III in Defence Public AffairsCurrent
PUA42612 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)Superseded1-2 
DEF53115 - Diploma of Electronic ForensicsDiploma of Electronic ForensicsSuperseded
PUA50110 - Diploma of Public Safety (Police Search Rescue - Coordination)Diploma of Public Safety (Police Search Rescue - Coordination)Superseded
DEF33012 - Certificate III in Defence Public AffairsCertificate III in Defence Public AffairsSuperseded
PUA42610 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)Superseded
PUA41012 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)Superseded1-2 
PUA52412 - Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management)Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management)Superseded1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080301 Business Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080301 Business Management  03/Sep/2012 
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Modification History


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PUA12 V1

Layout adjusted.


PUA00 V8.1

Primary release on TGA.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to lead and manage a briefing and a debriefing.

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

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to people who are required to conduct briefings and debriefings in operational and non-operational situations in a range of environments.

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. Plan and prepare for the briefing and debriefing 

1.1 Content and format  for briefing and debriefing are determined.

1.2 Briefing and debriefing plan is prepared in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

1.3 Relevant personnel  involved in the activity  are identified and informed of briefing and debriefing requirements.

1.4 Safe and appropriate location  for the briefing and debriefing is selected.

2. Conduct the briefing and debriefing 

2.1 Purpose and structure of the briefing and debriefing is outlined to incident personnel.

2.2 Understanding is sought and clarifications are provided, where required.

2.3 Contributions from personnel during the debriefing and evaluation by personnel of their anticipated or actual roles in the activity is encouraged.

2.4 Briefing and debriefing is conducted  in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

2.5 Briefing and debriefing checklist  is used as appropriate.

3. Conclude the briefing and debriefing 

3.1 Contributions of personnel are acknowledged in a positive way.

3.2 Briefing and debriefing follow -up action  is identified and acted upon in a timely manner.

3.3 Debriefing activity is reviewed against the policies, practices and training of the organisation to identify opportunities for continuous improvement and to identify lessons learnt.

3.4 Briefing and debriefing findings are summarised and recorded, if appropriate, in a format suitable for subsequent action  by appropriate personnel.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • communicate clearly in a group setting
  • lead and manage group processes
  • prepare briefing and debriefing plans
  • provide feedback and encourage contributions from group members

Required Knowledge 

  • organisational policies
  • organisational procedures for activity briefing and debriefing
  • practices and training processes in relation to activity

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

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

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

  • communicate effectively with personnel
  • elicit and encourage contributions to the briefings and debriefings in a constructive and positive way

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed conducting briefings and debriefings in a variety of actual and/or simulated workplace contexts.

Specific resources for assessment 

There are no specific resource requirements for this unit.

Method of assessment 

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an industry-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

  • direct observation
  • interviewing the candidate
  • journals and workplace documentation
  • third party reports from supervisors
  • written or oral questions

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.

Content and format for briefing and debriefing  may include:

  • Collaborative
  • Descriptive illustrative
  • Facilitator led
  • Level of language used
  • Predetermined (SMEAC)
  • Problem based

Briefing and debriefing plan  may include:

  • Appropriate incident information collected prior to undertaking operational activities
  • Location
  • Methodology
  • Participants
  • Purpose
  • Subject matter
  • Timing

Organisational policies and procedures  may include:

  • Briefing and debriefing formats
  • Legislation relevant to the operation/incident/response
  • Legislation relevant to the organisation
  • Operational, corporate and strategic plans
  • Operational performance standards
  • Operational policies and procedures
  • Organisational personnel and occupational health and safety practices and guidelines
  • Organisational quality standards
  • Organisation's approach to environmental management and sustainability

Relevant personnel  may include:

  • Contractors
  • Local, state/territory and federal government employees
  • Operations personnel
  • Support personnel
  • Volunteers
  • Other agency personnel

Activity  may include:

  • Incidents
  • Meetings
  • Public safety campaigns

Safe and appropriate locations  may vary according to:

  • Ambient conditions (noise, light, smell)
  • Distractions
  • Timing of the briefing and debriefing which may be before, during or following an activity
  • Weather
  • Whether briefing and debriefing is under operational or non-operational conditions

Briefing and debriefing  may be conducted:

  • After a meeting/event
  • As soon as possible following an incident
  • At convenient time after the incident
  • At regular intervals
  • At shift change over
  • Immediately after the incident
  • Prior to undertaking training
  • Prior to undertaking workplace projects and other work related activities
  • When incident personnel have been relieved
  • When personnel return to their home base
  • When significant changes are anticipated at an incident

Briefing and debriefing checklist  may include:

  • Control and command
  • Communications
  • Damage
  • Equipment and plant
  • Fatalities
  • First aid and medical
  • Incident background
  • Incident response
  • Injuries
  • Loss
  • Resources committed to the incident
  • Strategies to improve response
  • Stress
  • Supporting organisations
  • Welfare

Briefing and debriefing follow-up action  may include

  • Action taken to address issues identified
  • Informing participants on the outcomes of the debriefing

Subsequent action  may include

  • Reporting to appropriate supervisor or agency
  • Reviewing procedures

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.