Unit of competency details

TLIA4032A - Organise transport of freight or goods (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to TLIA3207C - Organise transport of freight or goods06/Mar/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to TLIA4032 - Organise transport of freight or goodsUpdated to align with the Standards for Training Packages. 28/Feb/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 07/Mar/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
AUR50105 - Diploma of Automotive ManagementDiploma of Automotive ManagementSuperseded
AUR40105 - Certificate IV in Automotive ManagementCertificate IV in Automotive ManagementSuperseded
TLI42010 - Certificate IV in LogisticsCertificate IV in LogisticsSuperseded1-5 
MSF30613 - Certificate III in Soft FurnishingCertificate III in Soft FurnishingCurrent
TLI31310 - Certificate III in International Freight Forwarding (Operator)Certificate III in International Freight Forwarding (Operator)Superseded
TLI41610 - Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding (Senior Operator)Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding (Senior Operator)Superseded1-3 
MSF40413 - Certificate IV in Glass and GlazingCertificate IV in Glass and GlazingSuperseded1-2 
TLI40410 - Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Rail Operations)Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Rail Operations)Superseded
TLI41810 - Certificate IV in Warehousing OperationsCertificate IV in Warehousing OperationsSuperseded1-4 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 089901 Purchasing, Warehousing And Distribution  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 089901 Purchasing, Warehousing And Distribution  02/Sep/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to organise the transport of freight or goods, including planning the transport operations, organising the transport of the freight, completing the required documentation and finalising the organisational process. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

Work must be carried out in compliance with the relevant codes of practice and regulations for the transport of freight or goods.

It is performed under general supervision, with some accountability and responsibility for self and others in achieving the prescribed outcomes.

Work involves the application of routine principles and procedures to organise the transport of freight or goods prior to shipment.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Not Applicable

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. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Plan transport operations 

1.1 Knowledge of product to be freighted and workplace procedures are applied to the analysis of the transportation process

1.2 Domestic and international regulations, codes and procedures for the transport of freight are identified

1.3 Resources including manual handling equipment, employees competencies, storage areas, goods management equipment and transportation equipment are identified to match the task

1.4 Work processes are planned to meet agreed timelines

1.5 Types of transportation required for the freight or goods is identified to match customer requirements, freight type and delivery time

1.6 Multiple transport modes are identified where applicable

1.7 Goods transfer methods between modes of transport are selected where appropriate

Organise the transport of freight 

2.1 Employees, equipment and temporary storage areas (if required) are allocated and supervised

2.2 Freight is secured ensuring no damage to contents

2.3 Handling methods suitable to the goods and transport method are selected

2.4 Individuals are informed of work requirements and timelines

2.5 Work processes are monitored to ensure that resources, both human and equipment, are maintained at productive levels and according to workplace and OH&S requirements

2.6 Discrepancies in freight are noted and action undertaken in accordance with workplace procedures

Complete organisational process 

3.1 Monitoring processes to track the movement of freight are implemented

3.2 Reporting requirements are communicated to appropriate personnel

3.3 Workplace documents and records are checked for completion and are filed/stored in accordance with workplace procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required knowledge :

  • Codes of practice and legislative requirements relevant to the organisation of the transport of freight and goods
  • Relevant OH&S and environmental procedures and regulations
  • Procedures for the calculation/estimation of weight, volumes and dimensions
  • Procedures for the identification and evaluation of information needed to facilitate the transport of freight
  • Procedures for assessing storage and transport requirements and options
  • Procedures for electing transport/storage equipment and systems
  • Procedures for organising any required permits
  • Procedures for coordinating the transfer and storage of goods including multi-modal transport
  • Procedures for the completion of transport documentation
  • Problems that may occur when organising the transport of freight and goods and appropriate action that can be taken
  • Sources of information and documentation needed when organising the transport of freight and goods
  • Customer service policies and procedures

Required skills :

  • Communicate effectively with others when organising the transport of freight and goods
  • Read and interpret instructions, procedures and labels relevant to the organisation of the transport of freight and goods
  • Interpret and follow operational instructions and prioritise work
  • Complete documentation related to the organisation of the transport of freight and goods
  • Work collaboratively with others when organising the transport of freight and goods
  • Establish effective working relationships with colleagues and clients
  • Plan own work including prioritisation of work activities, predicting consequences and identifying improvements
  • Adapt appropriately to cultural differences in the workplace, including modes of behaviour and interactions with others
  • Promptly report and/or rectify any identified problems that may arise during the organisation of the transport of freight and goods in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • Apply precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during work activities
  • Monitor work activities in terms of planned schedule
  • Modify activities depending on differing operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
  • Work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment
  • Select and use communication, computers and systems required for the organisation of the transport of freight and goods
  • Operate and adapt to differences in equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required knowledge and skills, the range statement and the assessment guidelines for this Training Package.

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

  • The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria of this unit and include demonstration of applying:
  • the underpinning knowledge and skills
  • relevant legislation and workplace procedures
  • other relevant aspects of the range statement

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

  • Performance is demonstrated consistently over a period of time and in a suitable range of contexts
  • Resources for assessment include:
  • a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or other simulated practical and knowledge assessment, and/or
  • access to an appropriate range of relevant operational situations in the workplace
  • In both real and simulated environments, access is required to:
  • relevant and appropriate materials and equipment, and
  • applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals

Method of assessment 

  • Assessment of this unit must be undertaken by a registered training organisation
  • As a minimum, assessment of knowledge must be conducted through appropriate written/oral tests
  • Practical assessment must occur:
  • through activities in an appropriately simulated environment at the registered training organisation, and/or
  • in an appropriate range of situations in the workplace

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.

Organisation of the transport of freight/goods may include movement of:

  • goods
  • equipment
  • materials
  • vehicular traffic

Customers may be:

  • internal or external

Operations may be conducted:

  • by day or night

Freight/goods to be transported may include:

  • dangerous, hazardous, perishable, fragile, packaged goods
  • in liquid or solid form

Storage areas may be:

  • existing, temporary or permanent

Transport modes may include:

  • road, air, rail, sea or combinations

Information needed to facilitate the organisation of the transport of freight/goods may include:

  • type, capacity and compatibility of freight/goods
  • agreed delivery times and routing schedules
  • pick-up and drop-off points
  • specified mode of transport
  • agreed cost structure

Requirements for work may include:

  • site restrictions and procedures
  • use of safety and personal protective equipment
  • communications equipment
  • specialised lifting and/or handling equipment
  • incident/accident breakdown procedures
  • authorities and permits
  • hours of operations
  • noise restrictions
  • additional gear and equipment
  • Australian standards and guidelines for manual handling

Hazards may include:

  • hazardous or dangerous materials
  • contamination of, or from, materials being handled
  • noise, light, energy sources
  • stationary and moving machinery, parts or components
  • dust/vapours
  • spills, leakages, ruptures
  • service lines

Consultative processes may involve:

  • other employees and supervisors
  • suppliers, potential customers and clients
  • relevant authorities and institutions
  • management and union representatives
  • industrial relations and OH&S specialists
  • other maintenance, professional or technical staff

Depending on the type of organisation concerned and the local terminology used, workplace procedures may include:

  • company procedures
  • enterprise procedures
  • organisational procedures
  • established procedures

Information/documents may include:

  • Australian and international codes of practice and regulations relevant to the transport of freight
  • operations manuals, job specifications and procedures and induction documentation
  • Australian and international regulations and codes of practice for the handling and transport of dangerous goods and hazardous substances
  • competency standards and training materials
  • manufacturers/client specifications, instructions
  • workplace operating procedures and policies
  • supplier and/or client instructions
  • Australian and International standards, criteria and certification requirements
  • communications technology equipment, oral, aural or signed communications
  • quality assurance procedures
  • emergency procedures

Applicable procedures and codes may include:

  • relevant regulations for the import and export of cargo
  • Australian and international regulations and codes of practice for the handling and transport of dangerous goods and hazardous substances, including:
  • Australian and International Dangerous Goods Codes
  • Australian Marine Orders and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
  • IATA Dangerous Goods by Air regulations
  • Australian and International Explosives Codes
  • Australian and international standards and certification requirements
  • international transport regulations, codes and procedures
  • relevant state/territory OH&S legislation
  • relevant state/territory environmental protection legislation

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable

Competency Field

Competency Field 

A - Handling Cargo/Stock