Discussion Paper Released for Comment ─ Review of BSB07 Business Services Training Package OHS Qualifications

Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 10:00
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Discussion Paper Released for Comment ─ Review of BSB07 Business Services Training Package OHS Qualifications

Industry consultation has commenced - Now is the time to make a difference!

All SIA Ltd Members,

Further to the Project Update of 12 August 2011, Innovation Business Skills Australia (IBSA) has commenced industry consultation as part of its review of the Occupational Health and Safety Qualifications in the BSB07 Business Services Training Package with a Discussion Paper. Folks - The time for comment and input has now arrived. Apologies for the late release of the Discussion Paper but a number of external factors delayed its final approval for release.


The project's focus is on the following suite of qualifications:
•    BSB30707 Certificate III in Occupational Health and Safety
•    BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety
•    BSB51307 Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety
•    BSB60607 Advanced Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

The imperative to review the Training Package is twofold. One, the harmonisation of Commonwealth, State and Territory WHS legislation; secondly, the findings of the 2010 IBSA Scoping Review. Current and emerging issues from those processes are more fully explained within the Discussion Paper itself or in the Scoping Review at: Scoping Review Final Report

Why this is important to you: 

The SIA’s focus in this review is educating for change (theory and practice/knowledge and skills) over the next 5-10 years. We are not about educating for the status quo in VET. It is about improving safety practice in the VET sector as we have many challenges ahead not the least being the implementation of model WHS legislation and the required requisite knowledge and skills.

The Review also takes into account the SIA’s OHS professional certification process to be implemented from July 2012 which has three levels of certification including Certified OHS Practitioner which requires a VET OHS Diploma.  

The Review will shape the future of vocational OHS training and assessment across Australia and provide improved approaches to achieving better OHS training and assessment practice and is to be commended.

Next Steps:

IBSA is seeking feedback from stakeholders and will be undertaking National consultations commencing 19 September 2011 in Brisbane. See Table below for venues and dates. If you would like to attend one of the workshops listed below, click here to register. Registration closes 3 days prior to each workshop.




Monday 19 September

1.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Room 253, Department of Education and Training, 1 Cordelia Street South Brisbane QLD 4101.

Wednesday 21 September

9.30 am to 12.30 pm



Thursday 22 September

9.30 am to 12.30 pm


State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Monday 26 September

9.30 am to 12.30 pm


Business Skills Victoria, Second Floor, 116 Queensbury Street, Carlton South VIC 3053

Tuesday 27 September

9.30 am to 12.30 pm



Wednesday 28 September

9.00 am to 12.00 pm


Financial, Administrative & Professional Services Training Council Incorporated

1st Floor, 38 O'Malley Street, Osborne Park WA 6017

Tel: (08) 9445 9000

What can SIA members do now?

Members are requested to familiarise themselves with the Discussion Paper including the impact of harmonised legislation, the cross-industry nature of work health and safety, the changing operating environment and the implications on vocational roles and skills requirements. Progress of the Review is discussed including work undertaken, issues raised in the BSB Scoping Review, re-coding of units of competence and proposed structural changes. A second area of the Discussion Paper calls for comments and levels of satisfaction on draft WHS generic units as well as a number of proposed new units. Please take the time to read carefully and comment accordingly.

The Discussion Paper, draft qualifications and units of competency are now available as an MS Word document by clicking here or visiting the IBSA website.

If you need to view the units of competence as part of your pre-reading, please utilise the Feedback Hub link at the IBSA website above.

How do SIA members participate and make comment?

The OHS Education Chapter - Vocational & Workplace Training Group is coordinating a consolidated submission to IBSA through PJ Fleming FSIA, Project Lead. Safety Institute of Australia members are strongly encouraged to provide comment and feedback to these important developments, particularly on the consultation draft WHS qualifications and the proposed changes to each qualification level. A number of questions are posed for each qualification and you are asked to agree/disagree and/or comment upon each.

While IBSA has its own methodology for responding directly to them about the Discussion Paper, the SIA is requesting that members respond via its consolidated submission process thereby enabling a louder and stronger membership voice to issues by speaking as one voice from the profession.

Instructions to Follow:
For input to the SIA’s consolidated submission you are requested to follow these steps:

1.    Download the entire Discussion Paper from the IBSA website (428KB, 48 pages);
2.    Utilise track changes to insert comments at the relevant sections provided within the document;
3.    Save and email your completed Discussion Paper document with comments with the specific subject heading of IBSA OHS Review to PJ Fleming at by COB 3rd October 2011.

(Note: A number of IT constraints have necessitated this approach.)

On behalf of the Vocational & Workplace Training Group we look forward to your input and comment on this important Discussion Paper.

Should you have any queries or concerns, contact me PJ Fleming on 0439 605 217.
Many thanks for your time and contributions.

PJ Fleming FSIA SIA NPRG Representative
SIA Education Chapter
Vocational & Workplace Training Group  

Safety Institute of Australia Ltd  
Mob: 0439 605 217