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Unit of competency details

CHCAD603B - Provide systems advocacy services (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to CHCAD603A - Provide systems advocacy servicesISC upgrade changes to remove references to old OHS legislation and replace with references to new WHS legislation. Formatting and grammatical corrections. Changes to Essential Knowledge, Essential Skills and Range Statement. 06/May/2012
Is superseded by CHCADV005 - Provide systems advocacy servicesSignificant changes to performance criteria. New evidence requirements for assessment including volume and frequency requirements. Significant changes to knowledge evidence. 05/Aug/2015

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 07/May/2012

Qualifications that include this unit

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CHC40808 - Certificate IV in Community DevelopmentCertificate IV in Community Development
CHC50812 - Diploma of Social HousingDiploma of Social Housing
CHC50612 - Diploma of Community Services WorkDiploma of Community Services Work
CHC80108 - Graduate Diploma of Community Sector ManagementGraduate Diploma of Community Sector Management
HLT61307 - Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)
CHC52108 - Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)
HLT50113 - Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health CareDiploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care1-3 
HLT51012 - Diploma of Population HealthDiploma of Population Health
HLT51112 - Diploma of Indigenous Environmental HealthDiploma of Indigenous Environmental Health
CHC41012 - Certificate IV in Community Services AdvocacyCertificate IV in Community Services Advocacy
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091103 Legal Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091103 Legal Studies  02/Oct/2012 
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Modification History

CHC08 Version 3 

CHC08 Version 4  

Comments 

CHCAD603A Provide systems advocacy services

CHCAD603B Provide systems advocacy services

ISC upgrade changes to remove references to old OHS legislation and replace with references to new WHS legislation.Formatting and grammatical corrections. Changes to Essential Knowledge, Essential Skills and Range Statement.

Unit Descriptor

Descriptor 

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to advocate to ensure that the rights and needs of consumers and clients issues are maintained within the broader rights and needs of the general community

Application of the Unit

Application 

This unit may apply to work undertaken across a range of sectors involved in delivery of community services

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains Employability Skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements define the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

The Performance Criteria specify the level of performance required to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Terms in italics are elaborated in the Range Statement.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Obtain, analyse and document information relevant to the needs of clients as a community of interest within the general community

1.1 Obtain and analyse relevant documented information about particular issues

1.2 Obtain and analyse relevant statistical and research data

1.3 Conduct consultations with consumers, carers, and other stakeholders to identify and describe issues of concern

1.4 Conduct other research as appropriate

1.5 Synthesise relevant information into forms appropriate for communicating with, and providing to, relevant agencies and stakeholders

2. Work with consumers, service users, services and other stakeholders to develop strategies to address identified needs

2.1 Develop and maintain close working relationships/ networks with relevant stakeholders

2.2 Organise formal meetings, working groups and other activities to develop policy statements, action plans, projects, and programs to address identified needs

2.3 Participate in meetings, working groups and other activities aimed at developing relevant strategies

2.4 Prepare strategic/action/project plans in forms that are appropriate to the needs and roles of relevant stakeholder organisations

3. Advocate for, and facilitate the implementation of, strategies developed to address the needs of clients with specific needs

3.1 Identify and pursue relevant opportunities for communicating formally and informally about the needs of clients

3.2 Prepare submissions for resources to implement identified projects and action plans

3.3 Where appropriate, contribute to relevant government policy development

3.4 Work with consumers and other stakeholders to implement relevant projects and action plans

3.5 Pursue opportunities and provide comments on policy documents, legislation, project plans and other relevant documents regarding the needs of clients

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

These include knowledge of:

  • An understanding of the context and relationship of client issues to community, society and government policy
  • Broad knowledge of relevant range of issues affecting the client group
  • Key stakeholders and how to access them
  • Knowledge specific to the client/consumer group
  • Knowledge specific to working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Political lobbying processes, including electronic campaigning
  • Relevant agencies and services which may assist in promoting and advocating
  • Relevant regulatory, legislative and legal requirements
  • Social policies relevant to the service delivery at national, state/territory and local level
  • Structural, political and other social factors which operate to maintain discrimination against clients, consumers and service users
  • Structural, political and other social factors which can be addressed to improve promotion activities, such as:
  • age and
  • culture
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • language
  • socioeconomic status
  • Understanding of the balance between the rights of the general community and the rights of people with specific issues
  • Use of media for advocacy purposes

Essential skills:

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply high level-skills when advocating or representing client issues within broad social, political and community structures

The candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

These include the ability to:

  • Apply skills in written and oral communication
  • Undertake research and analysis
  • Apply skills in:
  • consultation
  • electronic campaigning
  • policy development
  • networking
  • strategic planning
  • negotiation
  • lobbying
  • Undertake representation

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

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

  • The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills
  • This unit is best assessed on the job or in a simulated workplace under the normal range of conditions
  • Consistency in performance should consider specific workplace and advocacy practices and requirements

Access and equity considerations:

  • All workers in community services should be aware of access, equity and human rights issues in relation to their own area of work
  • All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) environments
  • In recognition of particular issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Context of and specific resources for assessment:

  • This unit can be assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other community services units of competency is encouraged
  • Resources required for assessment include:
  • access to appropriate workplace where assessment can take place
  • simulation of realistic workplace setting for assessment

Method of assessment:

  • In cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral questioning on 'What if?' scenarios
  • Assessment of this unit of competency will usually include observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on essential knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes
  • Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a 'period of time' and/or in a 'number of locations', any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons

Range Statement

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. Add any 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.

Relevant agencies and stakeholders include:

  • Consumers and consumer organisations
  • General health and welfare services
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Non-government organisations
  • Media
  • Politicians
  • Commercial enterprises

Activities may be:

  • Informal
  • Formal

Strategies may include:

  • Public meetings
  • Electronic campaigning
  • Interviews
  • Questionnaires
  • Monitoring trends in the general community/media towards clients
  • Development of policy/issues papers
  • Media management
  • Public relations

Issues of concern may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental illness
  • Alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD)
  • Housing
  • Child protection
  • Domestic violence
  • Disability issues
  • Gambling

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable