Unit of competency details

CHCCD401D - Support community participation (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to CHCCD1C - Support community participationEquivalent outcome 04/May/2009
Is superseded by and equivalent to CHCCD401E - Support community participationUpdated Health Promotion legislation in Essential Knowledge. ISC upgrade changes to remove references to old OHS legislation and replace with references to new WHS legislation. 06/May/2012

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 05/May/2009

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

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HLT32307 - Certificate III in Indigenous Environmental HealthCertificate III in Indigenous Environmental HealthSuperseded
CHC40808 - Certificate IV in Community DevelopmentCertificate IV in Community DevelopmentSuperseded
HLT20907 - Certificate II in Population HealthCertificate II in Population HealthSuperseded
PSP40104 - Certificate IV in GovernmentCertificate IV in GovernmentSuperseded1-2 
CHC52208 - Diploma of Community Services CoordinationDiploma of Community Services CoordinationSuperseded
CUV40511 - Certificate IV in Arts AdministrationCertificate IV in Arts AdministrationSuperseded
CHC41808 - Certificate IV in Youth WorkCertificate IV in Youth WorkSuperseded
PUA31404 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)Superseded
CHC40708 - Certificate IV in Community Services WorkCertificate IV in Community Services WorkSuperseded
HLT21007 - Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental HealthCertificate II in Indigenous Environmental HealthSuperseded
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

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30978QLD - Certificate IV in Primary Health and Community Care (Multicultural)Certificate IV in Primary Health and Community Care (Multicultural) Non-Current
30992QLD - Certificate IV in Creative Arts in Christian MinistryCertificate IV in Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Non-Current
10035NAT - Certificate IV in Ministry (Insert Stream)Certificate IV in Ministry (Insert Stream) Non-Current
30935QLD - Certificate IV in Prayer Ministry TrainingCertificate IV in Prayer Ministry Training Non-Current
30772QLD - Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and TheologyCertificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology Non-Current
10016NAT - Certificate IV in Leadership (Insert Stream)Certificate IV in Leadership (Insert Stream) Non-Current
10036NAT - Diploma of Ministry (Insert Stream)Diploma of Ministry (Insert Stream) Non-Current


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 090599 Human Welfare Studies And Services, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 090599 Human Welfare Studies And Services, N.e.c.  02/Feb/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor


This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide a range of opportunities for community groups and individuals to participate and design cooperative arrangements for addressing common concerns

Application of the Unit


This unit is intended for application within a community work or community development work context

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


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



1. Work with individuals and the community to promote participation

1.1 Undertake work to identify key community issues to be addressed

1.2 Undertake planning to address community issues to ensure:

  • appropriate policies and strategies  are developed
  • adequate resourcing is identified
  • key people  are consulted
  • identified needs are addressed

1.3 Ensure processes are forward looking and proactive

1.4 Use appropriate interpersonal and networking skills to enlist support from key people  and groups

1.5 Provide opportunities  for community input to planning provision of services

1.6 Guarantee community input and participation in services

2. Support existing community activities

2.1 Undertake appropriate review of the relevance of existing community activities, based on changing community needs

2.2 Provide relevant support and assistance to existing community activities to obtain additional resources required for effective operation

2.3 Provide support to community groups to monitor and evaluate processes, progress and outcomes of activities

2.4 Provide appropriate support to community groups to become self managing in the implementation of plans

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:

  • Community development methods and their principles and practices
  • Funding sources and their policies and strategies for encouraging community input and participation
  • budget and funding allocation
  • Local, state and federal strategies/legislation
  • Health promotion (as per Ottawa Charter)

Essential skills :

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate the capacity to undertake a range of activities to ensure appropriate participation by groups and individuals in community based activities

In addition, 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:

  • Work with key people or stakeholders in the community
  • Demonstrate application of skills in:
  • research relating to the community
  • policy development
  • report writing, including effective use of relevant information technology in line with occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines
  • evaluating effectiveness of community based activities
  • budgeting
  • negotiation, liaison, networking
  • marketing
  • facilitation

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 will be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace under the normal range of workplace conditions

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 diverse environment
  • 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 structures, people or organisations for assessment of ability to work with key people or stakeholders in the community

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 competence 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


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.

Working with the community may include activities associated with :

  • Health promotion
  • Community service delivery
  • Community projects
  • Community development
  • Community action
  • Community planning
  • Consultative and planning committees
  • Sector development structures

Opportunities for community members and groups to participate may include :

  • Systems within and outside the organisation
  • Activities at program, operative and management levels
  • Formal and informal systems
  • Focus groups on relevant issues
  • Inviting community participation on organisation committees e.g. quality assurance committees, ethics committees
  • Through publications
  • Group facilitation
  • Peer education/training
  • Seminars and workshops

Key people may include :

  • Advocacy groups
  • Policy and decision-makers in the specific community
  • Individuals, groups or communities most likely to be affected by strategies or action plans
  • Community leaders
  • People with formal and informal representative roles

Strategies which the worker may develop may include :

  • Development of new business, employment opportunities for individuals
  • Establishment of advocacy groups
  • Health promotion activities
  • Development of community facilities
  • Strategies to increase access to facilities, services or decision-making
  • Providing direction, advice and information

Information and resources may include :

  • Equipment
  • Staff skills and time
  • Provision of facilities
  • Educational materials
  • Funding
  • Skills/administrative support
  • Physical, transport, venues, material, equipment
  • Developmental training
  • Financial

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable