Unit of competency details

BSBATSIL512A - Be a leader in the community (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBATSIL508B - Be a community leaderNew unit. Supersedes BSBATSIL508B, changes to performance criteria and elements to clarify requirements. Changes made to required skills and knowledge, context and method of assessment 11/Mar/2009
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBATSIL512 - Be a leader in the communityUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

Training packages that include this unit

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080307 Organisation Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080307 Organisation Management  03/Aug/2011 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake a leadership role as a board member.

Some aspects of governance activities may be subject to legislation, rules, regulations and codes of practice relevant to different job roles and jurisdictions.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals with a broad knowledge of the business or core functions of organisations who contribute their skills and knowledge to monitoring and guiding the activities of the organisation.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Lead by example

1.1. Identify the qualities of effective community leaders

1.2. Analyse own leadership style and performance

1.3. Use knowledge and skills to communicate effectively and demonstrate respect for community values 

1.4. Identify changes that may affect the organisation and the community and discuss their implications

1.5. Implement change in a culturally sensitive way

1.6. Identify how personal actions can impact on others 

2. Access information about the community

2.1. Gather and analyse information on social , cultural and economic needs  of all sections of the community

2.2. Follow protocols for information sharing 

3. Encourage others to participate in the organisation's activities

3.1. Encourage the involvement of members of the community in the governance of the organisation

3.2. Encourage active community participation in the organisation

3.3. Promote a team and community approach to the activities of the organisation

4. Determine the big picture on community issues

4.1. Form opinions after researching the background to community issues

4.2. Consider and discuss regional and national issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider community

4.3. Consult Elders, traditional owners, government departments and others regarding community issues

5. Provide directions and make decisions

5.1. Identify and document options to address community and organisational issues

5.2. Present options for community discussion

5.3. Consider and evaluate other points of view when making clear, rational decisions  that reflect community wishes

5.4. Promote consensus where there is a difference of opinion

5.5. Inform Elders, traditional owners and others about how and why decisions are made

5.6. Implement and follow decisions made by the board

6. Negotiate with others to promote community interests

6.1. Give priority to community interests in dealing with government, business and other organisations

6.2. Represent the views of the board to others

6.3. Negotiate and document outcomes that represent the best possible solutions for the community at the time

7. See both sides of community issues

7.1. Analyse points of view expressed on an issue in terms of their impact on the community and the organisation

7.2. Include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander points of view when making decisions

7.3. Support decisions that reflect the long-term wellbeing of the whole community

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communication, teamwork and negotiation skills to:
  • gather and present information
  • work cooperatively with other board members, management and staff of the organisation, members, community and key stakeholders
  • culturally appropriate communication skills to relate to people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities
  • facilitation and communication skills to:
  • effectively communicate information to others
  • represent the board and community to others
  • mentoring, motivation and networking skills to encourage others to participate
  • problem-solving skills to identify and manage real and perceived conflict of interest between parties
  • leadership skills required to provide direction and guidance to the community
  • research, evaluation and decision-making skills to:
  • gather information
  • monitor and review information presented to the board
  • enact decisions

Required knowledge 

  • change management processes
  • characteristics of effective community leadership
  • concept of community control of organisations and how it may impact on community leadership
  • cultural context in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boards operate, including their role in upholding traditional and cultural values, and how that might impact on community leadership
  • current issues that might impact on the organisation, its members and community
  • geographic, social, economic and political contexts in which particular organisations operate and how these may impact on community leadership
  • information about the community and its needs
  • information on government policy and other factors that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • leadership styles
  • relevant protocols and cultural responsibilities that impact on community leadership
  • traditional and current leadership models and theories

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 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • identify community needs, government policies and other factors that have an impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • evaluate ideas and opinions, and make decisions based on the best interests of the community
  • provide direction and leadership to ensure involvement and community wellbeing

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • participation on an actual or simulated board
  • access to examples of community issues relevant to boards of governance
  • knowledge and performance are assessed over time to confirm consistency in performance.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of performance on a board or simulated board
  • direct questioning combined with reflection of practical board performance by the candidate
  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge
  • observation of performance in role plays
  • analysis of feedback from other board members, staff, community or other stakeholders regarding performance.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • BSBATSIW514C Represent your organisation.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Community values  may include:

  • caring for country
  • importance of family, kin and community
  • maintenance of culture and heritage
  • respect for others.

Others  may include:

  • community members
  • Elders
  • staff
  • traditional owners.

Social , cultural and economic needs  may include:

  • education and health
  • employment
  • housing
  • law, lore and ceremony.

Protocols for information sharing  may relate to:

  • confidentiality and privacy
  • land matters
  • men and women's business
  • storage and transfer of information.

Processes for making decisions  may include:

  • communicating decisions
  • consultation with Elders and traditional owners
  • consensus
  • decision by authority
  • majority voting.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Regulation, licensing and risk - ATSI governance

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units