Unit of competency details

AHCBUS404A - Operate within a budget framework (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCBUS404 - Operate within a budget frameworkThis unit is equivalent to AHCBUS404A Operate within a budget framework. 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTC4911A - Operate within a budget framework21/Jul/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Jun/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
AHC40910 - Certificate IV in Conservation and Land ManagementCertificate IV in Conservation and Land Management1-4 
AHC40710 - Certificate IV in Retail NurseryCertificate IV in Retail Nursery1-2 
AHC31110 - Certificate III in Production NurseryCertificate III in Production Nursery1-2 
SFI40111 - Certificate IV in AquacultureCertificate IV in Aquaculture1-5 
AHC40110 - Certificate IV in AgricultureCertificate IV in Agriculture1-5 
AHC40610 - Certificate IV in Production NurseryCertificate IV in Production Nursery
AHC41010 - Certificate IV in AgribusinessCertificate IV in Agribusiness1-2 
AHC40410 - Certificate IV in HorticultureCertificate IV in Horticulture1-3 
AHC41112 - Certificate IV in IrrigationCertificate IV in Irrigation
AHC40310 - Certificate IV in Production HorticultureCertificate IV in Production Horticulture1-4 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080101 Accounting  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080101 Accounting  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers operating within a budget framework and defines the standard required to: obtain and confirm the operational budget has been allocated; review projected income and expenditure and compare to budget; record transactions and allocate to cost and income categories; identify and report budget variations; review production and expenditure plans to meet financial targets.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to supervisors and managers in agriculture, horticulture and land management enterprises who have responsibility to participate in formulation of a budget, and supervise and monitor financial transactions.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Participate in formulation of a cash flow budget

1.1. Budget consultation is followed in line with enterprise policy.

1.2. Budget variations are requested to suit enterprise needs.

2. Supervise financial transaction

2.1. Expenditure is arranged within budget delegations.

2.2. Transactions are recorded to meet taxation and accounting requirements according to enterprise practices.

2.3. Actual sales and expenditure are compared to the enterprise budget.

2.4. Financial reports are checked to ensure operations are within forecast limits.

2.5. Expenditure is adjusted to meet financial targets as required.

2.6. Actual and potential variations in budgeted income are reported to the manager according to enterprise requirements.

2.7. Recommendations to address budget variations are developed.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • arrange income and expenditure
  • record transactions
  • monitor income and expenditure
  • compare budgeted figures to actuals
  • participate in formulation of a budget
  • use literacy skills to read, interpret and follow organisational policies and procedures, develop sequenced written instructions, record accurately and legibly information collected and select and apply procedures to a range of tasks
  • use oral communication skills/language competence to fulfil the job role as specified by the organisation including questioning, active listening, asking for clarification, negotiating solutions and responding to a range of views
  • use numeracy skills to estimate, calculate and record routine and more complex workplace measures and data
  • use interpersonal skills to work with others and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities.

Required knowledge 

  • income and expenditure categories
  • budgeting procedures and templates
  • taxation and accounting requirements for recording financial transactions
  • costing mechanisms
  • forecasting mechanisms
  • banking routines
  • cash flow analyses and records
  • recording systems
  • records of receipts and expenditure
  • work reports
  • factors that impact upon the timing of sales and purchases (taxation, GST, market conditions).

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:

  • obtain and confirm the operational budget has been allocated
  • review projected income and expenditure and compare to budget
  • record transactions and allocate to cost and income categories
  • identify and report budget variations
  • review production and expenditure plans to meet financial targets.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.

Budget documentation may include:

  • projected expenditure by item
  • projected income by source
  • cash flow budgets
  • budget delegations
  • variation and review procedures
  • credit and credit limits
  • security measures
  • reporting mechanisms
  • additional funds for particular projects
  • self-generated funds
  • fundraising requirements
  • project grants
  • funds received for winning tenders
  • enterprise procedures and policies.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 


Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field