Qualification details

DEF50417 - Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes DEF52612 - Diploma of Defence Paralegal ServicesCore units decreased from 6 to 5 16/Aug/2017

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Aug/2017


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 599214 Law Clerk 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0909 Law 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Defence Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A No Specific Job Role 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 599214 Law Clerk 12/Oct/2017 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0909 Law 12/Oct/2017 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 17/Aug/2017 
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Modification History

Release 1.  This qualification was released in DEF Defence Training Package Release 2.0 and meets the Standards for Training Packages.

Supersedes but is not equivalent to DEF52612 Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services.

  • Core and elective packaging rules changed
  • Core units increased from 2 to 5
  • Elective units decreased from 6 to 3
  • DEF unit codes and titles updated
  • Imported units updated
  • Removal of imported units from Group B

Qualification Description

This qualification allows for the attainment of competencies in the provision of complex paralegal services and the coordination of general Defence paralegal services.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Packaging Rules

8 units of competency are required for this qualification comprising:

  • 5 core units listed below, plus
  • 3 elective units.

Choose a minimum of 2 elective units from the list below, of which 1 must be taken from Group A.

Choose the remaining 1 elective unit from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units chosen from outside this qualification must support the learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.

Elective units chosen must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification. 

Where imported units are selected, care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisite units specified are complied with.

Core units  


Produce complex legal documents


Manage and analyse a legal file


Address complex legal and ethical issues in a Defence environment


Interpret policy, legislation and regulations


Coordinate resource allocation and usage

Group A: Specialisation elective units 


Provide high-level support on service discipline matters


Provide high-level support on criminal law matters


Provide high-level support on administrative law matters


Provide high-level support on operations law matters


Provide support in legal assistance matters

Group B: General elective units 


Organise business travel


Develop and nurture relationships


Maintain and enhance professional practice


Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment


Treat risk within Defence at an operational level


Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 1. This qualification supersedes but is not equivalent to DEF52612 Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services.


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