Unit of competency details

PSPGOV511A - Provide leadership (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 01/Nov/2012
(View details for release 2) Replaced07/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced05/May/2009

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to PSPGEN053 - Provide leadershipUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. Assessment Requirements created drawing upon specified assessment information from superseded unit. 06/Mar/2016
Supersedes PSPGOV501A - Coordinate a workgroup 04/May/2009

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training PackageTransport and Logistics Training Package 1.0-5.0 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
FNS - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-2.1 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI60215 - Advanced Diploma of Deployment LogisticsAdvanced Diploma of Deployment Logistics 1-2 
TLI60210 - Advanced Diploma of Deployment LogisticsAdvanced Diploma of Deployment Logistics 1-3 
TLI50515 - Diploma of Deployment LogisticsDiploma of Deployment Logistics 
TLI50510 - Diploma of Deployment LogisticsDiploma of Deployment Logistics 1-3 
TLI50215 - Diploma of Materiel LogisticsDiploma of Materiel Logistics 
TLI50210 - Diploma of Materiel LogisticsDiploma of Materiel Logistics 1-2 
PUA51106 - Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Paralegal Services)Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Paralegal Services) 
PSP52612 - Diploma of Government (Road Transport Compliance)Diploma of Government (Road Transport Compliance) 
PSP52212 - Diploma of Government (Trade Measurement)Diploma of Government (Trade Measurement) 
PSP52210 - Diploma of Government (Trade Measurement)Diploma of Government (Trade Measurement) 1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 24/May/2005 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit covers achievement of operational results and effective working relationships through leadership, feedback and support of individuals in a workgroup that may exist in the workplace, be formed for a special purpose or project, or consist of community members, volunteers, inter-agency members, etc. It includes facilitating commitment to objectives and required standards; contributing to the development of a cooperative, high performance workgroup; giving and receiving feedback on performance; supporting and participating in development activities; and providing leadership, direction and guidance in the workgroup.

In practice, leading a workgroup may overlap with other generalist or specialist public sector work activities such as acting ethically, complying with legislation, providing client service, developing policy, building community relationships, improving workplace legislative performance, providing technical expertise, etc.

This is one of 6 units in the Working in Government and Management Competency Fields that deal with working with others. Related units are:

  • PSPGOV302B Contribute to workgroup activities
  • PSPGOV404B Develop and implement work unit plans
  • PSPGOV516A Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • PSPGOV604A Foster leadership and innovation
  • PSPMNGT701B Provide strategic direction

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements are the essential outcomes of the unit of competency.

Together, performance criteria specify the requirements for competent performance. Text in bold italics  is explained in the Range Statement following.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1 . Facilitate commitment to objectives and required standards 

1.1 The organisation's vision, strategic objectives and required standards of performance are discussed and clarified with others in accordance with the needs, communication and learning styles of workgroup members.

1.2 Establishment of the purpose, objectives, roles and responsibilities in the workgroup  is facilitated in accordance with organisational requirements and objectives.

1.3 Commitment to objectives and standards is modelled to provide leadership and develop workgroup commitment.

1.4 Equal employment opportunity, occupational health and safety, diversity management and participative work practices are modelled and promoted within the workgroup in accordance with legislation, policy and procedures .

2 . Contribute to the development of a co-operative , high performance workgroup 

2.1 Work contributions or suggestions are encouraged, acknowledged and considered constructively.

2.2 Workgroup members are supported to use, share and develop their skills according to work requirements.

2.3 Work allocation  is facilitated within the group on the basis of current skills and development needs.

2.4 Implementation of new work practices is undertaken in consultation with workgroup members.

2.5 Conflict and other issues which affect the performance of the workgroup  are resolved within the workgroup wherever possible, or referred in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

3 . Give and receive feedback on performance 

3.1 Feedback is obtained from others outside the workgroup on personal and workgroup performance, and open and constructive responses to feedback are given.

3.2 Regular constructive feedback on all aspects of work performance is gathered from and provided to the workgroup.

3.3 Performance is assessed and addressed in a fair and timely manner and where possible notable performance is recognised/rewarded in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

3.4 Under-performance of self and others is addressed in accordance with relevant legislation, guidelines and procedures.

3.5 Feedback is used to continuously improve performance and outcomes.

4 . Support and participate in development activities 

4.1 An action plan to meet individual  and group learning and development needs is developed, agreed and implemented.

4.2 Individuals are supported to identify their specific learning/development needs.

4.3 Workgroup members are encouraged and supported to take advantage of development opportunities in accordance with their needs and organisational requirements.

4.4 Learning and development opportunities  are accessed to continuously improve own leadership skills and other identified development needs.

4.5 On-the-job learning opportunities are provided for in accordance with individual needs and to the required standard.

4.6 Workgroup members are encouraged and supported in applying new skills and knowledge in the workplace.

5 . Provide leadership , direction and guidance in the workgroup 

5.1 Participative decision making is used routinely in developing, implementing and reviewing the work of the group and the distribution of responsibilities, where appropriate.

5.2 Opportunities and encouragement are given to workgroup members to develop new and innovative work practices and strategies.

5.3 Workgroup members are provided with the support, leadership, advice and policy direction necessary to perform work safely and effectively.

5.4 Tasks are allocated in accordance with the competencies of workgroup members, and autonomy and authority are delegated as appropriate.

5.5 Leadership and guidance strategies are varied to meet changing priorities and situations, and take into account the differing needs and skills of individuals and the requirements of the tasks and workplace.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Skill requirements 

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • applying legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • providing leadership, supervision and performance feedback
  • undertaking problem solving in a team environment
  • using transparent decision making
  • communicating with a diverse workplace including listening, facilitating, negotiating, mentoring
  • responding to diversity, including gender and disability

Knowledge requirements 

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge and understanding of:

  • legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines relating to the public sector
  • principles of effective team operation
  • principles of facilitation and empowerment
  • group processes
  • group dynamics
  • range of leadership styles and the application of these to suit different groups and tasks
  • learning and development in the workplace
  • equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity principles
  • occupational health and safety and environment legislation in the context of leading a workgroup

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide specifies the evidence required to demonstrate achievement in the unit of competency as a whole. It must be read in conjunction with the Unit descriptor, Performance Criteria, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Public Sector Training Package.

Units to be assessed together 

  • Pre-requisite units that must  be achieved prior  to this unit:Nil
  • Co-requisite units that must  be assessed with  this unit:Nil
  • Co-assessed units that may  be assessed with this unit to increase the efficiency and realism of the assessment process include, but are not limited to:
  • PSPETHC501B Promote the values and ethos of public service
  • PSPGOV503B Coordinate resource allocation and usage
  • PSPGOV504B Undertake research and analysis
  • PSPGOV505A Promote diversity
  • PSPGOV506A Support workplace coaching and mentoring
  • PSPGOV507A Undertake negotiations
  • PSPGOV508A Manage conflict
  • PSPGOV512A Use complex workplace communication strategies
  • PSPGOV514A Facilitate change
  • PSPGOV517A Coordinate risk management
  • PSPLEGN501B Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector
  • PSPOHS501A Monitor and maintain workplace safety
  • PSPWPI502B Facilitate improvement in workplace legislative performance

Overview of evidence requirements 

In addition to integrated demonstration of the elements and their related performance criteria, look for evidence that confirms:

  • the knowledge requirements of this unit
  • the skill requirements of this unit
  • application of Employability Skills as they relate to this unit
  • provision of leadership in a range of (3 or more) contexts (or occasions, over time)

Resources required to carry out assessment 

These resources include:

  • legislation, policy, procedures and protocols relating to the public sector
  • case studies and workplace scenarios to capture the range of situations likely to be encountered when providing leadership to a workgroup

Where and how to assess evidence 

Valid assessment of this unit requires:

  • a workplace environment or one that closely resembles normal work practice and replicates the range of conditions likely to be encountered when providing leadership to a workgroup, including coping with difficulties, irregularities and breakdowns in routine
  • provision of leadership in a range of (3 or more) contexts (or occasions, over time).

Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands, such as literacy, and the needs of particular groups, such as:

  • people with disabilities
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • women
  • young people
  • older people
  • people in rural and remote locations.

Assessment methods suitable for valid and reliable assessment of this competency may include, but are not limited to, a combination of 2 or more of:

  • case studies
  • demonstration
  • observation
  • portfolios
  • projects
  • questioning
  • scenarios
  • simulation or role plays
  • authenticated evidence from the workplace and/or training courses

For consistency of assessment 

Evidence must be gathered over time in a range of contexts to ensure the person can achieve the unit outcome and apply the competency in different situations or environments.

Range Statement

The Range Statement provides information about the context in which the unit of competency is carried out. The variables cater for differences between States and Territories and the Commonwealth, and between organisations and workplaces. They allow for different work requirements, work practices and knowledge. The Range Statement also provides a focus for assessment. It relates to the unit as a whole. Text in bold italics  in the Performance Criteria is explained here.

Workgroup  may include:

  • an existing team
  • business unit
  • group formed for a special purpose or project
  • group of community members
  • volunteers
  • inter-agency members
  • client group, such as employees on a safety committee
  • group of employers
  • members of the public in a special interest group etc

Issues affecting the workgroup  may include:

  • legislation
  • plans
  • industrial awards and agreements
  • organisation policies, plans, procedures and protocols
  • performance management systems
  • quality standards
  • efficiency indicators

Legislation , policy and procedures  may include:

  • State/Territory and Commonwealth legislation and regulations such as:
  • public sector management acts
  • financial management acts
  • privacy legislation
  • equal employment opportunity, anti-discrimination and harassment legislation
  • occupational health and safety legislation
  • consumer legislation
  • environment legislation.
  • risk management guidelines
  • ethics and accountability standards
  • public sector standards
  • fraud control standards
  • government security standards
  • organisational policy, procedures and protocols

Work allocation  may include:

  • procedures and systems for team functioning
  • procedures to identify development requirements

Individual  learning needs includes:

  • needs of self and others
  • self-awareness

Learning and development opportunities  may include:

  • formal course participation
  • on-the-job training
  • work experience
  • staff exchanges
  • mentoring
  • coaching
  • external study
  • conference and seminar attendance
  • induction
  • job rotation
  • projects
  • secondment
  • opportunities to act in higher positions

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Competency field

Working in Government.

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