Work Safely Around Animals (Infection Control)

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Case for change

Work safely around animals (infection control) was identified as a skill priority in the 2017 Animal Care and Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see page 36). In addressing the need for new infection control units, the project will review and strengthen (as required) infection control outcomes in four existing animal care and management workplace health and safety units and one infection control unit.

Skills Impact and the Animal Care and Management IRC will take will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 36)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review five existing units of competency (listed below) from within the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package, to ensure infection control outcomes reflect the needs of workers in the animal care and management industry.

A key focus of the project is to define the skills and knowledge to minimise the transfer of disease from animals to workers in this industry. The project will research and develop up to six new units of competency to address:

  • basic infection control for volunteers in wildlife rescue, dog walking business and puppy day care
  • infection control in remote indigenous communities that have community animals
  • how to develop infection control protocols for a community organisation
  • infection control in veterinary clinics and practitioners
  • Equine specific infection control covering diseases such as:
    • Q Virus
    • Hendra Virus
    • Psittacosis
    • Herpes
    • Strangles

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Timeline

Early February 2018
Scoping and research

Mid-February to March 2018
Development of draft materials

Early to mid – March 2018
Industry consultation of draft materials (2 weeks)

Early April to mid-April 2018
Industry validation of final drafts (2 weeks)

Late April 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

May 2018
Edit and Equity review of Training Package components, and Independent Quality Assurance

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Evan Cooper Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact
ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au
Tom Vassallo Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Industry Skills Standards Contractor, Focus on Skills suehamilton@focusonskills.com.au

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Below is a list of the current and existing units that will be reviewed as part of this project. Use the links below to view the components on training.gov.au.

We invite you to provide your input on the current units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry, particularly how the current units can better reflect the skills and knowledge to minimise the transfer of disease from animals to workers in this industry.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications and units.

 

To provide feedback, please email Tom Vassallo – tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

 

 

 

Development

Subject Matter Experts are currently being consulted to draft revised units of competency and skill set for the Work Safely Around Animals (Infection Control) Project. Feedback from industry on the existing documents is also being considered as part of this process.

Consultation Webinars

15 March, 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm AEDT – Webinar – register here

15 March, 2018, 1:30pm – 3:30 AEDT – Webinar – register here

 

 

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Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft skill set and 12 units of competency.  The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website for download and feedback from 5 – 20 March 2018, with two consultation webinars also taking place.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft skill set and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. The feedback will inform the work on the final drafts, which will be available for industry validation in April 2018.

The draft skills set and units that were available for industry review and feedback are listed below.

 

 

Skill Set

ACMSS000XX Promote Animal Health in Remote Communities skill set Download draft skill set

 

 

Units of Competency

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ACMINFXXX Oversee site biosecurity and infection controls working with animals Download draft unit
ACMINF20X Handle companion animals safely following infection control guidelines Download draft unit
ACMINF30X Implement infection control in the handling and care of native wildlife Download draft unit
ACMINF3XX Follow equine biosecurity and infection control procedures Download draft unit
ACMINF3XX Promote environmental health and safety for community animals in remote communities Download draft unit 
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work Download draft unit 
ACMINF50X Manage equine biosecurity and infection control Download draft unit
ACMINF50X Develop organisational animal infection control guidelines Download draft unit

 

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ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes Download draft unit
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes Download draft unit
ACMWHS401 Maintain workplace health and safety processes Download draft unit
ACMWHS501 Manage workplace health and safety processes Download draft unit

 

 

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft skill set and units of competency, including the new entry level infection control unit.

All final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project, which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, before the final drafts will be forwarded to the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the skill set and units are logical and factually accurate.

The final draft skill set and units that were available for industry validation are listed below.

New Entry Level Unit

This new unit was available for industry validation between 26 April – 10 May 2018.

This new unit was developed in response to industry feedback that was received during the consultation stage for the draft ACMSS000XX Promote animal health in remote communities skill set and related units. Feedback from industry was that there was a need for an entry level unit to address the skills required for responsible pet/animal ownership, for learners with low levels of language, literacy and numeracy.

A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period (29 March – 16 April 2018) and a description of its consideration and application in this final draft can be downloaded below.

New unit – Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions

ACMINF101 Take responsibility for the health and welfare of animals in own care Download final draft unit

 

 

Changes to this unit include:

  • Minor changes to performance criteria 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.4, 4.1 and 4.3.
  • Performance evidence modified to remove add list of infection control activities and personal hygiene.
  • Minor changes to the knowledge evidence to increase clarity of diseases and to add training methods for companion animals.

Download draft unit that was available for consultation between 29 March – 16 April 2018.

Skill Set & Units

The final draft skill set and units that were made available for industry validation, between 29 March – 16 April 2018, are listed below. Thank you to those who participated in the validation process.

A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period (between 5 – 20 March 2018) and a description of its consideration and application in these final drafts can be downloaded below.

Skill set and units – Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions

Comments and feedback on these final drafts is being collated for consideration by the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC). After final quality assurance of the drafts, and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, the final drafts will be forwarded to the IRC for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

There are no changes to this skill set as there was no additional feedback received during previous consultation.

ACMSS000XX Promote animal health in remote communities skill set Download final draft skill set

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
ACMINF201 Handle companion animals safely following infection control guidelines Changes made throughout the unit and assessment requirements to better reflect AQF level 2.

Element 6 deleted.

Download final draft unit
ACMINF301 Comply with biosecurity and infection control policies and procedures in animal care work Minor changes to Performance Criteria, Foundation skills, performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions Download final draft unit
ACMINF302 Follow equine biosecurity and infection control procedures Performance Criteria (PC) deleted from Element 2. Minor changes to several PCs in Elements 1 to 6.

Changes made to Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit
ACMINF303 Implement infection control in the handling and care of native wildlife Regulatory statement added to the Application. Minor changes to Performance Criteria (PC) in Elements 1 to 6. Numeracy Foundation Skill modified.

Animal groups added to the Performance Evidence. Changes made to Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit
ACMINF304 Promote environmental health and safety for community animals in remote communities Title amended. Minor changes in the Application.

Performance Criteria (PC) 1.3 and 1.4 deleted. Minor changes to Performance Criteria (PC) in Elements 1 to 5. Minor changes to Foundation skills, Performance Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Significant changes to the Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
ACMINF401 Oversee site biosecurity and infection controls working with animals Minor changes in the Application.

Performance Criteria (PC) 1.2 added. Minor changes to Performance Criteria (PC) in Elements 1 to 4. Minor changes to Performance Evidence. Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit
AACMINF501 Develop organisational infection control guidelines for animal care workplaces Title amended. Minor change in the Application.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria (PC) in Elements 1 to 5. Minor changes to Foundation skills, Performance Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Significant changes to the Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
ACMINF502 Manage equine biosecurity and infection control Minor change in the Application.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria (PC) in Elements 2 to 4. Minor changes to Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes Minor changes throughout the unit and its assessment requirements to replace the acronym WHS and with workplace health and safety. Download final draft unit
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes Minor changes throughout the unit and its assessment requirements to replace the acronym WHS and with workplace health and safety. Download final draft unit
ACMWHS401 Maintain workplace health and safety processes Minor changes throughout the unit and its assessment requirements to replace the acronym WHS and with workplace health and safety. Download final draft unit
ACMWHS501 Manage workplace health and safety processes Minor changes throughout the unit and its assessment requirements to replace the acronym WHS and with workplace health and safety. Download final draft unit

 

 

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Finalisation

The final draft skill set and units of competency are currently undergoing an edit and equity and independent quality assurance process. Part of this process involves the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) providing support for the final documents. Once this process has been completed, the skill set and units will be forwarded to the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs) for their consideration and to seek their support for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Comments from the STAs/TTAs will be reviewed before the final drafts are forwarded to the Animal Care and Management IRC. After consideration and signoff by the IRCs, the final drafts will be submitted to the AISC as part of the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package version 2.0 Case for Endorsement, for their consideration. This Case for Endorsement also includes skill sets and units reviewed as part of the Farriery Project.

The Case for Endorsement will provide information about what changes have been made to the Training Package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units, skill sets and qualifications. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are. 

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide is also being produced as part of this project. It will contain key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units and skill set, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

 

What is involved in the Edit and Equity and Quality Assurance Process? 

The final draft units of competency and skill set are reviewed to ensure they are of high quality and comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy and the Training Package Development and endorsement Process Policy. This process ensures that any barriers to training have been identified, acknowledged, addressed and reduced as far as possible, to enable people to gain the skills required to participate in the workforce and society.  

This process also ensures the Companion Volume Implementation Guide provides key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units and skill set, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications. 

Once submitted to the AISC, the final draft documents will be made available for download below. 

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