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Monday, 15 June 2020

Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol Draft 1

Open for Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new qualification, Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol.

This qualification will align with Community Safety Patrol job roles such as a Day Patrol Officer, Night Patrol Officer and Youth Patrol Officer. These officers assist vulnerable people, refer them to other services for ongoing assistance, ensure children and youth are safe, and work in partnership with local police to adhere to the requirements of the criminal justice system. They promote and raise awareness of safety in the community.

The development of this qualification is being ‘fast-tracked’ in order to provide urgent skills and knowledge acquisition in line with the needs of remote communities, in the light of the impacts of COVID-19.

A widespread multi-channel consultation to involve a range of stakeholders is now being conducted.

National consultation for Draft 1 will be open from Monday, 15 June 2020 to Friday, 10 July 2020 (4 weeks). During this period input will be sought on the following Training Package Products:

  • One new qualification – Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol

This is a new qualification aligned to a previous nationally accredited course which was implemented in the Northern Territory and expired in 2018. The previous course consisted of existing Units of Competency from various national Training Packages and, for the purposes of Draft 1 consultation, the proposed new qualification includes the Units that comprised the accredited course.

During consultation it must be considered whether that structure and content now, and in the future, remain the most appropriate to the job roles. The course was accredited in 2013 and the nature of the roles may have changed, requiring changes to both the qualification’s structure and content.
In addition, there are now Community Patrol Programs in place in other States and Territories, and the development of a national qualification will enable consideration of how to better meet the needs of these work groups which play a critical role in the communities of which they are a part.
Employment opportunities in local communities will be enhanced by a national qualification which provides a clear pathway supporting skills development specifically aligned with the functions of community safety patrols.
Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

SkillsIQ will conduct webinars through June and July to engage industry stakeholders and gain feedback and input for the development of Draft 2. To register for a webinar, please click here.

For more information, or to discuss, please contact Marianne Wehby at, or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100.

Best regards,
The SkillsIQ Team

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