Qualification details

LGA50712 - Diploma of Local Government (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by LGA50120 - Diploma of Local GovernmentThis qulaification is superseded by and not equivalent to LGA50120. Revised qualification structure. Number of units required for completion reduced from 14 to 12. Specialisations added. 09/Feb/2021

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/Sep/2012

Units of competency

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PSPPROC506A - Plan to manage a contractPlan to manage a contractSupersededElective
PSPPROC510A - Conduct and manage coordinated procurementConduct and manage coordinated procurementSupersededElective
LGADMIN525A - Undertake business planningUndertake business planningDeletedElective
LGACOM404B - Establish cooperative arrangements with other organisationsEstablish cooperative arrangements with other organisationsDeletedElective
CPCCSV5014A - Apply building surveying procedures to residential buildingsApply building surveying procedures to residential buildingsDeletedElective
LGAGOVA618A - Resolve valuation and property services disputesResolve valuation and property services disputesDeletedElective
LGACOMP008A - Apply conflict resolution strategiesApply conflict resolution strategiesDeletedElective
LGAGOVA508A - Recommend rates and chargesRecommend rates and chargesDeletedElective
LGADMIN421A - Participate in negotiationsParticipate in negotiationsDeletedElective
LGACOMP024A - Develop community relationsDevelop community relationsDeletedElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 511112 Program Or Project Administrator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3292-11 Project Or Program Administrator 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0803 Business And Management 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Water Monitoring and Treatment 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Building Surveying Support Officer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 511112 Program Or Project Administrator 20/Feb/2013 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3292-11 Project Or Program Administrator 20/Feb/2013 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0803 Business And Management 20/Feb/2013 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 11/Sep/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



LGA04 V3

New qualification.


The Diploma of Local Government qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

Personnel involved in these roles are required to develop specific practices to ensure the implementation of management systems, plans and policies. They demonstrate the application of a broad range of managerial, coordination, governance, representation and planning skills.

Additional qualification advice 

This qualification has been designed to allow for maximum flexibility in the choice of elective units for achievement of a number of defined specialist occupational outcomes. The general stream offers free choice of specified electives, or selection of other imported elective units from within the same training package, another endorsed training package or accredited course. Packaging can be customised to meet of a wide range of occupational outcomes within the Local Government sector. Where a specialist stream has been achieved, the resultant testamur can reflect the stream as a field of study in accordance with Australian Qualifications Framework guidelines.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skills

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


  • demonstrating clear open communication and consultation with the community and stakeholders
  • Managing stakeholder relationships using a range of communication techniques to assess their needs and expectations. consultation may involve participation in and facilitation of committees
  • writing to suit audience needs which may include report writing and documenting marketing strategies in an acceptable format
  • engaging in a range of high level communications which may include providing timely advice to council and staff
  • networking within council to ensure dissemination of information and advice regarding changes to employment legislation
  • reading and interpreting a range of information relevant to job/role which may include legislation and its impacts on council operations
  • developing agreements with others in council to ensure consistency in interpretation and application of legislation
  • presenting information to wide range of audiences and so being able to modify language to suit audience needs


  • achieving effective working relationships which demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds and across all sections of the organisation
  • liaising with and deferring to specialists from outside the organisation as appropriate. these may include associations, consultants and other levels of government
  • providing team leadership, monitoring and supervising the performance of a team where required

Problem solving

  • problem solving and managing feedback
  • identifying staff needs and obtaining required support

Initiative and enterprise

  • being able to think and operate strategically including the ability to develop strategies which reflect business objectives and which are in line with council or departmental strategies
  • being able to undertake business planning for a department or business unit, using strategic thinking and forward planning
  • identifying and investigating opportunities for growth
  • modifying existing systems and processes or introducing new processes to ensure ongoing evaluation of systems and processes

Planning and organising

  • undertaking high level planning activities which may include scoping and developing business plans in conjunction with others
  • undertaking or evaluating research and analysis using a range of techniques, to support the development of business plans. the ability to source, collate and analyse statistical data, trends and patterns may be required
  • conducting analysis of community needs, legislation and resources where required
  • establishing measurable key performance indicators and targets with relevant parties, to assist in monitoring and managing departmental performance including customer satisfaction levels
  • employing effective time management techniques
  • analysing and evaluating a range of options in terms of their contribution to council objectives
  • planning, resourcing, managing and evaluating projects where/when required. resource management may include identifying relevant human and financial resources required and engaging in appropriate planning and control processes to achieve required resources

Self management

  • monitoring own work and adjusting accordingly to meet agreed standards and expectations
  • managing work priorities and commitments
  • undertaking self-development opportunities where necessary


  • contributing to the learning community at the workplace through recognition of individual and team leaning needs
  • engaging in activities which promote own on-going learning requirements which may include maintaining current knowledge of legislation and common law
  • undertaking formal training when required
  • accessing appropriate forms of informal training and development including attending relevant seminars, reading appropriate newsletters and participating in committees


  • using technology relevant to the job/role which may include the use of computers and other relevant office technology
  • adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate

Packaging Rules

14 units of competency are required for the award of this qualification. This qualification may be undertaken as a general stream or a specialist stream qualification.

At least 4 units must be LGA coded.

A maximum of 2 imported elective units may be selected from an AQF qualification level above or below this qualification.

All remaining imported elective units must be selected from the same AQF qualification level as this qualification.

Units selected should not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification. 

General stream: 

  • Choose a minimum of 3 units from the Group A Common unit selection
  • Choose 11 elective units from the electives listed below, or from elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package or accredited course.

Specialist Stream: 

When a qualification is linked to a specialist stream outcome as listed below, the resultant testamur can be titled: Diploma of Local Government (Field of study/discipline), e.g. Diploma of Local Government (Elected Members).

  • Choose a minimum of 3 units from Group A Common unit selection
  • Choose a minimum of 6 units from one of the specialist stream elective groups listed below:
  • Group B: Building surveying support
  • Group C: Rates
  • Group D: Elected members
  • Group E: Management
  • Group F: Procurement
  • Group G: Land management

Choose the remaining units from elsewhere within this Training Package, or  another endorsed Training Package or  Accredited Course.

Group A: Common 


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


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


Provide quality and timely advice to council


Represent council’s role and value in the community


Perform the role of an elected member

Group B: Building surveying support 

This specialist stream provides an entry point to a career in building and surveying. The resultant Diploma will enable graduates to provide assistance and support to accredited building surveyors in carrying out building inspections.


Assess the construction of domestic scale buildings


Apply legislation to urban development and building controls


Apply building control legislation to building surveying


Interact with clients in a regulated environment


Apply building codes and standards to residential buildings


Apply building surveying procedures to residential buildings


Investigate alleged breaches of legislation and prepare documentation


Provide assistance in carrying out building inspections


Provide service and information in preparing a development application


Conduct initial assessments of minor planning applications


Support the planning application, notification and appeals process


Enforce legislation to achieve compliance

Group C: Rates 

This specialist stream covers the competencies required for customer service personnel and others in local government who deal with rates enquiries.


Prepare accounts for rates


Assist customers with rate enquiries


Administer the electoral roll


Implement debt recovery procedures


Maintain property rates and records


Prepare rate notice forms


Recommend rates and charges


Resolve valuation and property services disputes

Group D: Elected members 

This specialist stream covers the competencies required of elected members in undertaking councillor roles and responsibilities in Local Government.

*LGAGENE501A, LGAGENE502A and LGAGENE303A are recommended for selection if not previously undertaken.


Manage conflict


Manage self as a Board Member


Implement board member responsibilities


Analyse financial reports and budgets


Use targeted communication skills to build relationships


Establish cooperative arrangements with other organisations


Apply conflict resolution strategies


Govern councils


Develop, lead and build community capacity


Contribute to effective decision making


Contribute to council teams


Undertake councillor roles and responsibilities


Provide leadership within the council and community

Group E: Management 

This specialist stream covers the competencies required of personnel involved in a range of management roles within Local Government.


Manage people performance


Develop and implement strategic plans


Undertake business planning


Manage policy development


Manage finances within a budget


Prepare a budget


Coordinate and facilitate a change process


Develop, implement and review policies and procedures


Conduct effective council meetings


Monitor council procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation

Group F: Procurement 

This specialist stream covers the competencies required for personnel responsible for procurement and contracting activities within Local Government.


Manage a supply chain


Participate in negotiations


Develop and maintain supplier relationships


Manage finances


Establish purchasing networks to ensure council is resource effective


Monitor council procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation


Manage procurement risk


Plan to manage a contract


Plan for procurement outcomes


Make procurement decisions


Participate in budget and procurement review process


Conduct and manage coordinated procurement

Group G: Land management 

This specialist stream covers competencies required for personnel dealing with environmental and land management issues within local government.


Conduct public educational presentations


Develop and organise public education programs


Devise and conduct community consultations


Coordinate and facilitate a change process


Identify environmental assets and prioritise environmental issues


Identify native title issues relevant to local government context and functions


Develop agreements with native title holders/traditional owners


Undertake effective consultation with Indigenous people on matters of cultural heritage


Assist in developing an environmental management system for the organisation


Develop ecologically sustainable land management systems


Manage council parking system


Protect heritage and cultural assets

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