Unit of competency details

CHCNET503C - Develop new networks (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 25/Mar/2011

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Supersedes and is equivalent to CHCNET3B - Develop new networksEquivalent outcome 24/Mar/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to CHCNET503D - Develop new networksUnit updated in V4. ISC upgrade changes to remove references to old OHS legislation and replace with references to new WHS legislation. No change to competency outcome. 06/May/2012

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PUA51012 - Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety) 1-2 
HLT51112 - Diploma of Indigenous Environmental HealthDiploma of Indigenous Environmental Health 
HLT51107 - Diploma of Indigenous Environmental HealthDiploma of Indigenous Environmental Health 
HLT51012 - Diploma of Population HealthDiploma of Population Health 
HLT51007 - Diploma of Population HealthDiploma of Population Health 
CHC60108 - Advanced Diploma of Disability WorkAdvanced Diploma of Disability Work 
CHC52208 - Diploma of Community Services CoordinationDiploma of Community Services Coordination 
CHC51508 - Diploma of Youth JusticeDiploma of Youth Justice 
CHC51408 - Diploma of Youth WorkDiploma of Youth Work 
CHC50708 - Diploma of Community DevelopmentDiploma of Community Development 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 02/Feb/2009 
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Unit Descriptor


This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to setup formal networks to benefit the organisation and clients

Application of the Unit


The skills described in this unit may be applied across a range of community services workplace contexts

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. Develop and maintain appropriate networks 

1.1 Identify and prioritise organisation, professional and individual networking needs  and established new networks as required to meet client needs and organisation objectives

1.2 Incorporate significant cultural practices, needs and traditions into the networking strategy and its development

1.3 Implement strategies to develop effective new networks  in consultation with key people and in accordance with organisation objectives

1.4 Make available information about new network to other staff and others as appropriate

1.5 Develop and implement processes for engaging relevant community members to collect and disseminate information as appropriate to ensure effective operation of the network

2. Reflect social and cultural awareness in developing and maintaining networks

2.1 Identify potential discrimination or culturally based obstacles to effective networks and develop and implement strategies to avoid them

2.2 Value cultural difference and diversity as a resource in networks and integrate into practices, relationships and strategies where relevant

2.3 Where individual relationships interfere with the effective operation of networks, take timely remedial action in accordance with organisation procedures, to ensure maximum benefit to clients

2.4 Regularly evaluate effectiveness and relevance of networks against organisation goals and client needs in consultation with key people, and modify appropriately as necessary

2.5 In evaluating effectiveness of networks, consider issues related to cultural expectations, client needs and organisation's philosophy

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:

  • Power relationships within and between organisations
  • The values and limitations of networks
  • The dynamics of networks
  • Processes of initiating and supporting community development planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Existing relevant networks
  • Lobbying in the context of organisation protocols

Essential skills :

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure networks developed meet the needs of the organisation and its clients

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:

  • Demonstrate application of skills in:
  • negotiation
  • reporting and record-keeping
  • lobbying
  • dealing with diverse and/or specific cultural groups
  • Utilise relevant information technology effectively in line with occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines

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 most appropriately assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of workplace conditions
    This may include the use of languages other than English and alternative communications systems

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
  • Resource requirements for assessment of this unit include access to:
  • an appropriate workplace where assessment can be conducted or simulation of realistic workplace setting for assessment

Method of assessment :

  • Assessment may include observations, questioning and evidence gathered from the workplace environment

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.

Networks may include formal networks such as :

  • Key people
  • Local organisations
  • Interest and support groups
  • Lobby groups
  • Regional specialist and peak associations
  • Advisory committees
  • Associations
  • Businesses
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Government ministers/departments

Networks may serve the purpose of :

  • Achieving corporate objectives
  • Accessing the services and resources of other organisations
  • Promotion of organisation and/or programs
  • Strategic planning
  • Encouraging coordination amongst organisations and workers
  • Enhancing service delivery

Networking needs may be as a result of , or leading to :

  • New government policies
  • New or reviewed strategic plan
  • New organisations/services starting up
  • Restructuring of organisation
  • Enhanced service delivery
  • Funding imperatives

Strategies to develop effective new networks may include :

  • Liaison with relevant government, community, business and other representatives
  • Participating and managing formal network committees
  • Negotiating with relevant organisations for network participation
  • Liaison with other network organisations

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable

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