Qualification details

LGA40708 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning) (Release 2)


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DeletedDeleted from LGA04 Local Government Training Package09/Feb/2021
Supersedes and is equivalent to LGA40704 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning)14/Aug/2009

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 11/Sep/2012
(View details for release 1) 13/Aug/2009

Units of competency

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LGACOM404B - Establish cooperative arrangements with other organisationsEstablish cooperative arrangements with other organisationsN/A
LGAPLEM409A - Draft planning permits and conditionsDraft planning permits and conditionsN/A
LGACOMP024A - Develop community relationsDevelop community relationsN/A
LGAPLEM411A - Conduct initial assessments of minor planning applicationsConduct initial assessments of minor planning applicationsN/A
LGACORE602B - Promote and facilitate organisational performancePromote and facilitate organisational performanceN/A
LGAPLEM408A - Process building permitsProcess building permitsN/A
LGAPLEM412A - Support the planning application, notification and appeals processSupport the planning application, notification and appeals processN/A
LGACOM502B - Devise and conduct community consultationsDevise and conduct community consultationsN/A
LGACOM501B - Develop and organise public education programsDevelop and organise public education programsN/A
LGAREGS402B - Provide evidence in courtProvide evidence in courtN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 511112 Program Or Project Administrator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3292 Project And Program Administrators 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0401 Architecture And Urban Environment 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Local Government Planning 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Technical Administration Officer,Recreation Planner,Planning Officer (Local Government) 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 511112 Program Or Project Administrator 13/Aug/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3292 Project And Program Administrators 13/Aug/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0401 Architecture And Urban Environment 13/Aug/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 13/Aug/2009 
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The Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning) reflects the role of employees in local government who perform a broad range of skilled applications, including the requirement to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices and provide some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • Engaging in discussions with others who may be internal or external to the organisation
  • Responding to queries and requests for information
  • Using clear verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Reading and interpreting a range of information relevant to job/role
  • Writing to suit audience needs, e.g. providing written notification to affected parties
  • Sharing knowledge and information with others
  • Participating in consultations with clients and stakeholders
  • Communicating the need for support
  • Negotiating effectively
  • Establishing and maintaining consultative processes
  • Developing and maintaining effective relations with the community
  • Conducting consultations and interviews with applicants
  • Explaining rights and responsibilities
  • Preparing reports
  • Responding to customer feedback


  • Working cohesively with others
  • Liaising with relevant personnel
  • Understanding the roles of team members and referring applications where necessary
  • Working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Establishing links with other organisations to enhance council performance
  • Engaging and working with specialist advisors

Problem solving

  • Resolving work-related problems
  • Establishing contingency plans and responding to contingencies
  • Forming and testing assumptions in an effort to resolve problems
  • Implementing conflict resolution strategies
  • Anticipating and responding to potential sources of conflict
  • Determining breaches in compliance and rectifying causes
  • Performing calculations
  • Resolving customer complaints

Initiative and enterprise

  • Identifying need to refer tasks that fall outside scope of job/role to others
  • Being proactive
  • Identifying sources of information and using them effectively
  • Adjusting quickly to changing situations
  • Identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • Developing strategies to enhance effective community relations
  • Generating a range of options when advising council

Planning and organising

  • Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes
  • Planning and organising own work tasks
  • Time management
  • Participating in priority and goal setting
  • Gathering and organising information in order to complete set tasks
  • Organising schedules to ensure work is completed on time
  • Coordinating tasks and processes
  • Analysing information and data to support work objectives
  • Monitoring, assessing and evaluating trends that impact on council
  • Undertaking relevant research and evaluation
  • Analysing documents and drawings for compliance
  • Arranging inspection times and meetings
  • Assisting in site inspections

Self management

  • Monitoring own work and adjusting accordingly to meet agreed standards and expectations
  • Managing own work area
  • Undertaking self-development opportunities where necessary


  • Attending relevant on and off-the-job training sessions
  • Taking responsibility for own learning
  • Contributing to learning in the workplace
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of policies, procedures and legislation that impact on council and individual performance
  • Obtaining feedback to improve ongoing activities


  • Using technology relevant to the job/role, such as GIS, CAD, desktop publishing, desktop mapping, multimedia, graphic animation, plotters, printers and terminals
  • Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate

Packaging Rules

12 units of competency are required for the award of this qualification.

Choose 12 elective units from the lists below, including:

  • 3 or more units from Group A
  • a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 9 units from Group B (Specialist Planning)
  • Up to 3 elective units from Group C (General Elective) or  from elsewhere within this Training Package, or  another endorsed Training Package or  Accredited Course


  • No more than 1 elective unit may be drawn from an AQF level below or above the AQF level of this qualification.
  • No specialist, general elective or imported elective units used in the packaging of a qualification are to be included in the packaging of subsequent qualifications undertaken by the candidate.
  • Only 3 Group A units used in the packaging of a qualification for a candidate can be used in the packaging of a subsequent and higher level qualification for the candidate.
  • The inclusion of additional electives may need to be considered to meet the specific needs of a State or Territory.

Group A elective units 


Interpret and apply authority to act


Develop community relations


Manage a local government project


Provide team leadership


Follow defined OHS policies and procedures


Work effectively in local government


Work with others in local government


Monitor council procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation

Group B  (Specialist Planning ) elective units 


Undertake assessments of domestic scale building applications


Assess minor applications for use or development


Attend requests for building and planning information and advice


Prepare and present geographic information systems data


Provide assistance in carrying out building inspections


Analyse the natural and built environment


Read and interpret titles, covenants and the local planning scheme


Process building permits


Draft planning permits and conditions


Provide service and information in preparing a development application


Conduct initial assessments of minor planning applications


Support the planning application, notification and appeals process


Conduct site inspections to check accuracy of plan and application documentation


Enforce legislation to achieve compliance


Provide evidence in court


Read and interpret plans and specifications

Group C  (General Elective ) elective units 


Conduct public educational presentations


Establish cooperative arrangements with other organisations


Implement and monitor the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and programs within the work group or section


Manage finances within a budget


Develop and organise public education programs


Devise and conduct community consultations


Prepare a budget


Coordinate and facilitate a change process


Develop, implement and review policies and procedures


Provide quality and timely advice to council


Develop, implement and review operational plans


Promote and facilitate organisational performance


Represent council's role and value in the community


Apply the principles of ecologically sustainable development to council decisions


Assess applications for the use of land in council care, control and management


Undertake research of the natural and built environment