Animal Incident Management Project

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Case for change

Incidents such as bushfires and floods in urban and rural areas have driven the need for expertise in dealing with large animals, such as horses, cattle and sheep, and large groups of animals. More workers across a number of sectors need to be properly trained in how to safely respond to these incidents in order to help minimise the risk of injury to people involved, to improve the welfare outcomes for the animals, and minimise losses.

“Knowledge of and ability to apply large animal rescue techniques in various natural or anthropogenic disasters, emergencies or accidents” was identified as a priority skill in the 2017-2020 IRC Skills Forecast and proposed Schedule of Work. A subsequent Case for Change demonstrated the reasoning for this project, setting out evidence for proposed changes to the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package, including the scope of the research, analysis and industry engagement undertaken to collate the evidence base.

In addressing this skill priority, this project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package to provide workers with high level skills to respond to incidents involving animals, including skills in animal first aid.

Skills Impact and the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

 

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Project Plan

This project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package to address skill needs for workers who respond to incidents involving large animals, and large groups of animals.  A focus of the project will be to develop qualifications, skill sets and units that help learners be properly trained in how to safely respond to these incidents in order to help minimise the risk of injury to people involved, to improve the welfare outcomes for the animals, and minimise any losses. This also includes developing and reviewing units around animal first aid.  

Scroll down to view the units that will be developed to cover gaps in job roles and skilled activities around animal first aid, and responding to incidents involving animals.  

As part of the development process, Skills Impact will conduct a number of activities to support industry involvement, including engaging with Subject Matter Experts, facilitating face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars, and conducting site visits.  

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Relevant occupations
  • Animal rescue operators
  • Emergency response operators
  • Firefighters
  • Veterinary nurses
  • Farmers
  • Transporters
Key deliverables

Development of qualifications, skill sets and units of competency to provide workers with high level skills to respond to incidents involving animals, including skills in animal first aid. 

 

Timeline

July – August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018 – February 2019
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

March – April 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – May 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

April – May 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Danni McDonald Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact, dmcdonald@skillsimpact.com.au
Diana McNaughton National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact, diana@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

The Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Qualifications, skill sets and units

Below is a list of qualifications, skill sets and units proposed for development, and the units that may be impacted by this project.

Qualifications that may be reviewed or developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to): 

Skill sets that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

  • ACMSSXXXX1 Assist in large animal rescue involved in road accidents
  • ACMSSXXXX2 Animal First Aid

This project seeks to provide workers with high level skills to respond to incidents involving animals. The following skills and knowledge requirements have been identified, which may provide the basis of new units of competency.  

  • General Animal Rescue 
  • Animal Behaviour Awareness 
  • Apply advanced knowledge of Horse and Cattle Behaviour 
  • Transport an injured animal 
  • Manage large distressed a solo animal 
  • Manage large number of distressed herd animals 
  • Lead and Coordinate workers during animal rescue procedures 
  • Coordinate and lead remote animal rescue activities 
  • Provide assistance to manage a deceased large animal 
  • Manual handling of recumbent and compromised large animals 
  • Post rescue – follow instructions for management of the animal casualty 
  • Coordinate and lead the rescue of wild animals 
  • Undertake large scale humane killing of animals 
  • Coordinate herds or flock incidents on public roads during emergencies. 
  • Work as a team member on an incident involving an animal 
  • Perform complex large animal rescue techniques 
  • Calculate risks when undertaking large animal rescue 
  • Coordinate interagency animal rescue 
  • Establish and coordinate animal evacuation sites and procedures 

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units. 

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us. 

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project. 

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts in March and April 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link above. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Danni on 03 9321 3526 or dmcdonald@skillsimpact.com.au.

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