SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), completed a project to update the packaging rules of the Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health qualification and to update the content of nine Units of Competency included within the qualification to meet the current and future skills needs of Indigenous Environmental Health workers in communities.
The update was to ensure that the qualification aligned to job roles in regional and remote Indigenous communities. Further, it will reduce barriers for people in these communities in regard to skills development and allow for the upskilling of current and future workers.
The following key areas had been considered during the Training Package update process:
- The environmental health requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- The broader health needs within remote communities across a range of real and practical issues in respect to practices associated with rubbish, sewerage, pest control, dog health and germ theory
- The early detection of issues that can lead to significant health and hygiene risks
- The appropriate referral processes for such issues
- Processes to reduce incidences of community sickness.
Consultation involving a range of stakeholders working in or with Indigenous communities had been conducted to identify and validate the exact nature of the skills needs in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.
As a result, stakeholders had proposed the following changes:
- Packaging rules for the qualification had been revised to include Units of Competency relevant to the role of the Indigenous Environmental Health Worker
- The Unit CHCDIV002 Promote Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety has been moved to the elective section from the core section of the qualification
- HLTPOP003 Monitor and maintain water supply has been updated to focus on household issues relating to water supply rather than community issues
- HLTPOP008 Develop and implement disease prevention and control measures has been updated to match the requirements of a Certificate II-level job role
- HLTPOP009 Provide information and support on environmental health issues has been moved to the elective section from the core section
- A new skill set targeted at plumbers with a restricted plumbing licence, who have been identified as a primary target group able to contribute to Indigenous Environmental Health, has been developed with the inclusion of the following Units of Competency:
o HLTPOP025 Provide basic repairs and maintenance to health hardware and fixtures
o HLTPOP026 Monitor and maintain sewerage systems
o HLTPOP027 Monitor and maintain water supply.
We thank everyone who provided feedback via the feedback forum, email and attended webinars to inform this project to date.
The Community Sector and Development IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:
Project Status – Approved and Published
The final Training Package Products, Companion Volume Implementation Guide and Case for Endorsement were submitted to the AISC and considered at its October 2020 meeting. The submission was approved and is now published on training.gov.au.
For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.