Unit of competency details

PUAOPE020A - Lead a crew (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to PUAOPE020 - Lead a crew 15/Jul/2019

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

Qualifications that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080399 Business And Management, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080399 Business And Management, N.e.c.  03/Dec/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



PUA12 V1

Layout adjusted.


PUA00 V8.1

Primary release on TGA.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to lead a small team to perform operational tasks at an incident.

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

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to personnel who are responsible for ensuring that tasks allocated to their team are effectively and efficiently carried out.

This work is typically undertaken under the supervision of an Operations Officer, Sector Commander, Strike Team Leader or Task Force Leader.

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. Prepare crew for tasks 

1.1 Initial briefing is obtained from Operations Officer or other designated supervisor in accordance with the Incident Action Plan (IAP).

1.2 Additional information, equipment and resources  are obtained as required.

1.3 Crews are briefed and tasks are allocated.

2. Lead crew to perform tasks 

2.1 Tasks are implemented as directed by Operations Officer or other designated supervisor in accordance with the IAP.

2.2 Progress towards completion of tasks is monitored  and tasking are adjusted as necessary.

2.3 Reports  are provided to supervisor as per instruction.

2.4 Communication is maintained  with supervisor, crew members and other personnel in the work area.

2.5 Safety, health and well being of crew members is monitored and appropriate action is taken where required.

3. Conclude tasks 

3.1 Completion of tasks is reported to designated supervisor.

3.2 Crew and equipment are made ready for further tasks.

3.3 Crew is debriefed in accordance with organisational requirements.

3.4 Documentation  is completed in accordance with organisational requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • brief and debrief crew members
  • communicate effectively with crew members
  • identify and correctly use equipment
  • perform relevant operational tasks
  • provide reports
  • use communication equipment

Required Knowledge 

  • agency work practices and guidelines
  • communication flow requirements of sector to operations officer or sector personnel
  • organisational command structure
  • organisational policies and procedures (such as relevant legislation; 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)
  • reporting requirements
  • resource management responsibilities and systems (safe deployment and recording)
  • risk assessment principles
  • occupational health and safety (OH&S) requirements and procedures

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:

  • understand briefings and communication requirements and convey these to crew members
  • allocate tasks to crew members to achieve required outcomes
  • monitor and report on progress

Consistency in performance 

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

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.

Equipment and resources  may include:

  • Communication devices
  • Consumable materials
  • Food and drink
  • Machinery
  • Response equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Vehicles

Monitoring of progress  may include:

  • Progress against plan
  • Utilisation of resources and incident behaviour
  • Welfare of personnel

Reports  may include:

  • Changes in incident behaviour
  • Incident situation
  • Progress of tasks
  • Safety risks

Incidents  may include:

  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Hazardous materials
  • Landslip
  • Severe storm

Communication  may be maintained by:

  • Mobile data terminal
  • Radio
  • Signalling
  • Talking face-to-face
  • Telephone

Documentation  may include:

  • Completion of logs
  • Input to debriefs
  • Work times of crew members

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.