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Unit of competency details

LGACOMP024A - Develop community relations (Release 2)

Summary

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

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Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
LGA60104 - Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works) 1-2 
LGA50712 - Diploma of Local GovernmentDiploma of Local Government 
LGA50604 - Diploma of Local Government (Regulatory Services)Diploma of Local Government (Regulatory Services) 1-2 
LGA50508 - Diploma of Local Government (Planning)Diploma of Local Government (Planning) 1-2 
LGA50404 - Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works) 1-2 
LGA50304 - Diploma of Local Government (Land Management)Diploma of Local Government (Land Management) 
LGA50208 - Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment)Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment) 1-2 
LGA50104 - Diploma of Local Government AdministrationDiploma of Local Government Administration 1-2 
LGA40708 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning)Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning) 1-2 
LGA40604 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Land Management)Certificate IV in Local Government (Land Management) 1-2 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120301 Social And Interpersonal Skills Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120301 Social And Interpersonal Skills Programmes 27/Apr/2005 
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Modification History

LGACOMP024A Release 2: Layout adjusted.

LGACOMP024A Release 1: Primary release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers developing relationships with the community and liaising effectively with individuals and the community. The unit covers areas such as community networking, developing strategies, promoting the council and organization to the community and developing ongoing relationships. The unit is appropriate to employees in all areas of the organisation who need to develop and maintain community relationships.

Application of the Unit

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in councils of all sizes. Knowledge of the legislation and regulations within which councils must operate is essential. The unique nature of councils, as a tier of government directed by elected members and reflecting the needs of local communities, must be appropriately reflected.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Develop and maintain community networks 

1.1 Appropriate network strategies  are used to establish and maintain community relationships that promote organisational objectives.

1.2 Network opportunities are identified and pursued to maximise a range of community contacts.

1.3 Information regarding new networks is communicated to inform individuals and colleagues of potential benefits to the organisation.

1.4 Professional networks  and associations are participated in to obtain and maintain personal knowledge and skills.

2. Establish community relationship strategies 

2.1 Relevant community groups and individuals are identified.

2.2 Community group/individual profile is assessed to determine strategy.

2.3 A range of community relationship strategies are identified and analysed to determine appropriate strategies that meet organisational requirements.

2.4 Community relationship strategies are developed to foster trust and confidence of individuals and the community and to promote benefits consistent with organisational requirements.

3. Maintain and improve ongoing community relationships 

3.1 Strategies are developed to establish processes for obtaining ongoing feedback from community groups or individuals.

3.2 Management systems are assessed to ensure that they support community relationships.

3.3 Feedback obtained is used to develop and implement strategies to maintain and improve relationships with clients.

3.4 Difficult situations are identified and solutions are negotiated using collaborative problem-solving techniques.

4. Promote the organisation to the community 

4.1 Strategies are developed to represent and promote the organisation's interests and requirements.

4.2 Appropriate presentation skills are used to communicate the goals and objectives of the organisation.

4.3 Issues, policies and practices of the organisation are effectively communicated to a range of individuals and community groups.

4.4 Feedback  is obtained to identify and develop ways to improve promotional activities within available opportunities.

5. Promote the community relationship 

5.1 Strategies  are developed that promote relationships between council and the community.

5.2 Issues, policies and practices of the community, group or individual are effectively communicated to a range of individuals and the wider community.

5.3 Feedback is obtained to identify opportunities and develop ways to improve ongoing activities.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit

Required Skills 

  • literacy
  • proofreading and editing
  • communication
  • evaluation
  • problem solving
  • negotiation
  • leadership
  • networking
  • time management
  • planning and managing own work priorities
  • organisational
  • proactive thinking and initiative
  • using and maintaining appropriate technology and software
  • relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities

Required Knowledge 

  • knowledge of the organisation's policies, plans and procedures
  • principles of effective communication in relation to listening, questioning and non-verbal communication
  • techniques for building relationships of trust including with people from different cultures
  • understanding techniques for facilitating mutually acceptable outcomes
  • methods and techniques to prepare and present information to promote the organisation
  • knowledge of related organisations, agencies and networks
  • understanding the principles and operation of networks

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment requirements 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to perform the outcomes described in the Elements to the required performance level detailed in the Performance Criteria. The knowledge and skill requirements described in the Range Statement must also be demonstrated. For example, knowledge of the legislative framework and safe work practices that underpin the performance of the unit are also required to be demonstrated.

Critical aspects of evidence to be considered 

The demonstrated ability to:

  • identify opportunities for networking and participate in networks to develop relationships with individuals and the community
  • establish and create strategies to foster and improve community relationships
  • provide information in a variety of written and oral formats to a range of community forums

Context of assessment 

Competency is demonstrated by performance of all stated criteria, with particular attention to the critical aspects of evidence and the knowledge and skills elaborated in the Evidence Guide, and within the scope of the Range Statement.

Assessment must take account of the endorsed Assessment Guidelines in the Local Government Training Package.

Assessment of the performance requirements in this unit should be undertaken in an actual workplace or simulated environment.

Assessment should reinforce the integration of the key competencies for the particular AQF level. Refer to the key competency levels at the end of this unit.

Relationship to other units (prerequisite or co-requisite units )

To enable holistic assessment this unit may be assessed with other units that form part of the job role, in particular:

  • LGADMIN417A Conduct community consultations

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are suggested:

  • observation of the learner performing a range of workplace tasks over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies
  • written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
  • completion of workplace documentation
  • third-party reports from experienced practitioners
  • completion of self-paced learning materials including personal reflection and feedback from trainer, coach or supervisor

Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance 

Evidence should be collected over a set period of time that is sufficient to include dealings with an appropriate range and variety of situations.

Resource implications 

The learner and trainer should have access to appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace.

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. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Network strategies  may include:

  • regular meetings
  • distribution of materials
  • individual marketing
  • maintaining regular contacts
  • association and interest group memberships
  • workshops and seminars

Professional networks and associations  may include:

  • work teams
  • other organisations
  • committees
  • internal and external stakeholders
  • government agencies
  • professional or occupational associations
  • community groups
  • project-specific ad hoc consultative or reference groups
  • advisory committees
  • local inter-agency groups
  • specific interest or support groups

Feedback on ways to improve promotional activities  may include:

  • accuracy and sufficiency of information
  • benefits to the organisation
  • benefits to the community
  • use of media
  • liaison with networks
  • appropriateness of audience
  • participation of individuals and groups

Relationship strategies  may include:

  • informal and formal regular meetings
  • forums
  • feedback sessions
  • online media
  • events, including cultural events
  • sponsorship

Unit Sector(s)

Common