Unit of competency details

LGAREGS304A - Apply regulatory powers (Release 2)


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


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091103 Legal Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091103 Legal Studies  27/Apr/2005 
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Modification History

LGAREGS304A Release 2: Layout adjusted.

LGAREGS304A Release 1: Primary release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit examines the application of regulatory powers conferred by legislation or regulation, including local laws.

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.


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



1 Apply enabling legislation or regulation 

1.1 Current version of the legislation  or regulation is accessed, used and maintained.

1.2 Powers conferred under the legislation and associated boundaries are identified and confirmed.

1.3 Compliance requirements of the legislation, related regulations, codes of practice and operating policy are identified and confirmed.

1.4 Acts and omissions that comprise offences or non-compliance under the legislation are identified and confirmed.

1.5 Application of the legislation is consistent with the boundaries and powers contained therein.

1.6 Changes in legislation are monitored for further application.

2 Access and use complementary legislation 

2.1 Other legislation or precedents that impact on powers are identified and applied.

2.2 Apparent conflict in legislative directions is resolved in accordance with council or authority policies and procedures.

2.3 Legislation is considered during development of procedural response.

3 Work with other organisations or departments 

3.1 Organisational protocols and procedures are agreed upon and followed when working with other organisations  in joint or overlapping jurisdictions.

3.2 Agreement as to the lead agency in joint operations or defined breaches is reached and protocols are developed and followed.

3.3 Networks and contacts with other agencies are developed to remain up to date on issues of joint concern.

4 Educate staff in legislative and regulatory requirements 

4.1 Information needs are determined to educate supporting, operational and seconded staff.

4.2 Procedures and programs are developed to ensure staff members are informed and updated.

4.3 Feedback from staff is sought to improve education and procedures.

5 Maintain records 

5.1 Appropriate records reflecting the application of legislation are maintained in accordance with legislative and organisational requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • scanning techniques to locate information
  • negotiating strategies to clarify understanding
  • communication and teamwork
  • cross-cultural competency
  • analytical
  • research
  • information technology
  • using an Internet web browser
  • working with others in a team
  • reading complex written materials such as legislation, regulations, codes of practice and legal precedents and applying them to work practices and discussion involving complex exchanges of oral information

Required Knowledge 

  • aspects of criminal law, administrative law, industrial law and contract law
  • organisational protocols and procedures
  • equal employment opportunity and equity and diversity principles

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 

Knowledge of principles affecting legislation, regulations and codes of conduct.

Demonstrated capacity to reflect the application of the intent of the legislation and regulations as bound by interpretation, precedent and feedback in meeting community expectations.

Strategic skills to update and educate other staff in the application and implementation of legislation and regulations.

Context of assessment 

On the job or in a simulated work environment.

Written or oral test.


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 collected over time across a range of variables.

Resource implications 

Access to a workplace or simulated environment with access to:

  • compliance issues
  • legislation
  • procedures

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.

Legislation , including complementary legislation,  may include:

  • state or territory and commonwealth legislation
  • local laws
  • other legislation including aspects of:
  • common law
  • contract law
  • administrative law
  • animal welfare
  • animal and feral animal control
  • food legislation
  • health
  • vector and pest control
  • immunisation
  • industrial relations law
  • land management
  • water and wastewater
  • conservation
  • coastal management
  • environmental protection
  • planning
  • privacy
  • construction
  • transport
  • traffic
  • education
  • children's services
  • electoral act
  • emergency response
  • employment and vocational education and training
  • financial audit act
  • equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination
  • workers compensation
  • occupational safety and health
  • workplace relations

Other organisations or departments  may include:

  • commonwealth, state or territory and local government instrumentalities
  • other departments within council or authority

Unit Sector(s)

Regulatory Services