Unit of competency details

LGACORE103B - Provide service to local government customers (Release 1)


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DeletedDeleted from LGA04 Local Government Training Package09/Feb/2021
Supersedes LGACORE103A - Provide service to customers in a local government environment12/Aug/2009

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

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Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
LGA30104 - Certificate III in Local GovernmentCertificate III in Local Government1-2 
LGA10104 - Certificate I in Local GovernmentCertificate I in Local Government1-2 
LGA30304 - Certificate III in Local Government (Operational Works)Certificate III in Local Government (Operational Works)1-2 
LGA20104 - Certificate II in Local GovernmentCertificate II in Local Government1-2 
LGA20204 - Certificate II in Local Government (Operational Works)Certificate II in Local Government (Operational Works)1-2 
LGA30208 - Certificate III in Local Government (Health and Environment)Certificate III in Local Government (Health and Environment)1-2 
LGA30404 - Certificate III in Local Government (Regulatory Services)Certificate III in Local Government (Regulatory Services)1-2 
LGA10204 - Certificate I in Local Government (Operational Works)Certificate I in Local Government (Operational Works)1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080901 Secretarial And Clerical Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080901 Secretarial And Clerical Studies  03/Jun/2004 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit outlines the competencies required when providing customer service in a local government environment, including identification of customer needs and the use of effective communication skills. It requires an ability to understand and work with a diverse range of customer groups and is appropriate for all areas of council.

Application of the Unit

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.


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Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

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 Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify customer needs and expectations 

1.1. Customer needs and expectations are clarified and agreed upon with customers.

1.2. Effective communication is used that is appropriate to the relationship with the customer and the purpose of the interaction.

1.3. Bilingual or other assistance is accessed as required.

1.4. Opportunities to enhance quality of service are identified and appropriate action is taken.

2. Respond to customer needs and expectations 

2.1. Council's position and the extent of assistance that can be provided, including arrangements and costs, are identified and clarified with the customer.

2.2. Requests for information are actioned or the customer is referred to appropriate information source for further assistance.

2.3. Referrals made to other people or departments are conducted in such a way as to minimise inconvenience to the customer.

2.4. Any necessary documentation is obtained, completed and processed according to council procedures.

2.5. Council's policies and procedures relating to privacy and confidentiality are adhered to.

3. Communicate effectively with the public 

3.1. Communication with the public is conducted in a courteous manner appropriate to the age, culture and linguistic background of the individual or group and in accordance with council policy.

3.2. Relevant council policies, procedures, works and restrictions are clarified to the public in a comprehensive and courteous manner.

3.3. Information provided to the public is accurate and timely.

3.4. A positive image of council is presented and maintained in all dealings with the public.

3.5. Opportunities for customer feedback are provided.

4. Manage difficult customer situations 

4.1. Council procedures are followed when dealing with difficult customer situations.

4.2. In the event of a complaint, corrective action is taken where possible or a resolution process is mutually agreed upon.

4.3. Customer feedback is reviewed in consultation with work group and changes or improvements are considered.

4.4. A calm and conciliatory approach to difficult customer situations is demonstrated with a focus on constructive problem solving.

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Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required Skills 

  • conflict resolution
  • listening, questioning and other relevant communication skills
  • working effectively with different ages, genders and races
  • negotiation, including providing supporting reasons and considering suggestions of others
  • locating information
  • reading selectively and summarising information
  • working individually and as part of a team
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • time management
  • planning and managing own work priorities
  • self-assessment of service level provided
  • using software and technology appropriate to position.

Required Knowledge 

  • council policies and procedures relevant to customer service and information
  • council's anti-discrimination guidelines
  • local area community profile
  • local community cultures
  • functions of local government
  • major regulatory functions of council
  • council services, facilities and activities
  • council organisation and structure.

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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:

  • locate, interpret and provide relevant information to customer requests
  • seek assistance when necessary in an effort to provide service to customers
  • complete appropriate workplace records when responding to customer requests
  • deal appropriately with difficult customer situations
  • communicate consistently and effectively with members of the public
  • work in accordance with council policies and procedures.

Context of assessment 

On the job or in a simulated workplace environment.

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

Prerequisite units: nil.

Co-requisite units: nil.

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 will need to be gathered over time across a range of variables.

Resource implications 

Access to a workplace or simulated role-play process involving a range of customer enquiries and complaints relating to council issues.

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.

Customers may include :

  • colleagues
  • council executives
  • elected members
  • community/citizens
  • residents and rate payers
  • contractors
  • other agencies and government departments
  • developers.

Communication with customers may include :

  • spoken: face to face and telephone
  • written: electronic, forms and letters
  • non-verbal: gestures and body language
  • displays of information: photographs.

Effective communication may include :

  • clear, sequenced explanations and instructions
  • paraphrasing and negotiating meaning
  • checking back on details and summarising
  • speaking clearly and directly
  • using another language where necessary or seeking the services of an interpreter.

Effective communication may include :

  • listening and understanding others
  • empathising
  • being assertive
  • behaving professionally
  • writing to suit audience needs.

Other organisations may include :

  • government departments
  • community services
  • community groups.

Requests for information may include :

  • written: involving reading, selecting and extracting relevant information
  • spoken: involving questioning appropriate personnel and relaying information to the customer.

Completion of necessary documentation may include :

  • independent or assisted form filling
  • recording events in the sequence they happened.

Council procedures may include :

  • as documented in procedures manuals
  • standardised operations.

Procedures for dealing with difficult customers may include :

  • seeking assistance
  • referring to other personnel.

Opportunities for customer feedback may include :

  • customer satisfaction forms
  • suggestion box
  • customer surveys
  • complaints department
  • dispute-resolution processes.

Review of feedback includes :

  • review of complaint database
  • discussion in work group.

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