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PUA50120 - Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

Course Details

Course Summary

Advance your career in Emergency and Disaster Management with the Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management). This diploma qualification will equip you with industry-wide knowledge and skills, such as communication and emergency procedures, and areas specific to the roles and functions of public safety such as Prevention/Mitigation, Preparation, Response and Recovery. The course is suitable for current or aspiring paid professionals or volunteers alike.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for credits towards higher level courses in Emergency Management.

Entry Requirements


Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level.

Digital Literacy - The student will need to have access to the internet and the ability to:

  • Use search engines to search the internet
  • Navigate websites
  • Download and upload documents
  • Confidently manage files and documents on their computer, including organising their documents into folders, moving, copying and renaming documents
  • Type and format documents in Word, including working with tables,
  • Manage text (i.e. cut/copy/paste)

VET Student Loan Information

VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units.

For more information or to check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan, please visit our VET Student Loans webpage or contact us .

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Full Fee $8,940.00 (2023)
$9,480.00 (2024)
Fee for service per unit $894.00 (2023)
$948.00 (2024)
TAFE Priority Training Program fee per unit $670.00 (2023)
$5.00 (2024)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Now
Study Area
  • Transport and Safety Sciences
Skill Area
  • Public Sector
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Career opportunities and occupations include:

  • Local Government – Emergency Management Officer, Community Engagement Officer
  • State Emergency Services – Region Controller/Manager, Emergency Management Officer, Training Officer, Community Engagement Officer, Volunteer Support Officer, Community Resilience Coordinator
  • Country / Rural Fire Service – Emergency Management Officer, Training Officer, Community Engagement Officer
  • Health Services – Emergency Management Officer
  • Police Services – Emergency Management Officer
  • Mining / Oil / Gas Industries – Emergency Services Manager / Superintendent
  • Essential Utility Services – Emergency Management Coordinator / Supervisor

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 core units
  2. Complete 5 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

Select a course structure below to view the delivery details, including the different study modes offered for each structure.

Online Course Structure

18 Months full time.  This program is delivered online.

  • Online

Students must complete cluster 1 before enrolling into cluster 2

PUACOM007 Liaise with other organisations More Information Details
BSBSTR603 Develop business continuity plans More Information Details
PUAEMR038 Work within an emergency management context More Information Details

Students must complete cluster 2 before enrolling into cluster 3

PUAOPE017 Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident More Information Details
PUAOPE023 Manage operations for a level 2 incident More Information Details
PUAOPE025 Manage planning for a complex incident More Information Details
PUAOPE022 Manage logistics for complex incident More Information Details
PUAOPE003 Manage the public information function at an incident More Information Details
PUAMAN005 Manage projects More Information Details
PUAEMR032 Design emergency management exercises More Information Details

Unit Sequence

Please refer to the VET Course Planners for the recommended study sequence of this course. Please enrol in your units as per those instructions.

Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Course Learning Outcomes
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Domestic 2022 Availabilities

Online Course Structure

March: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time

Domestic 2023 Availabilities

Online Course Structure

February: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
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