Assessor Resource

Develop new networks

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: June 2019

The skills described in this unit may be applied across a range of community services workplace contexts

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to setup formal networks to benefit the organisation and clients

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Not Applicable

Employability Skills

This unit contains Employability Skills

Evidence Required

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The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this unit of competency:

The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills

This unit is most appropriately assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of workplace conditions
This may include the use of languages other than English and alternative communications systems

Access and equity considerations:

All workers in community services should be aware of access, equity and human rights issues in relation to their own area of work

All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

In recognition of particular issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Context of and specific resources for assessment:

This unit can be assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other community services units of competency is encouraged

Resource requirements for assessment of this unit include access to:

an appropriate workplace where assessment can be conducted or simulation of realistic workplace setting for assessment

Method of assessment:

Assessment may include observations, questioning and evidence gathered from the workplace environment

Method of assessment:

In cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral questioning on 'What if?' scenarios

Assessment of this unit of competence will usually include observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on Essential knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes

Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a 'period of time' and/or in a 'number of locations', any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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

Essential knowledge:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

These include knowledge of:

Power relationships within and between organisations

The values and limitations of networks

The dynamics of networks

Processes of initiating and supporting community development planning

Strategic planning

Existing relevant networks

Lobbying in the context of organisation protocols

Essential skills:

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

Ensure networks developed meet the needs of the organisation and its clients

In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

These include the ability to:

Demonstrate application of skills in:


reporting and record-keeping


dealing with diverse and/or specific cultural groups

Utilise relevant information technology effectively in line with occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Networks may include formal networks such as:

Key people

Local organisations

Interest and support groups

Lobby groups

Regional specialist and peak associations

Advisory committees



Law enforcement agencies

Government ministers/departments

Networks may serve the purpose of:

Achieving corporate objectives

Accessing the services and resources of other organisations

Promotion of organisation and/or programs

Strategic planning

Encouraging coordination amongst organisations and workers

Enhancing service delivery

Networking needs may be as a result of, or leading to:

New government policies

New or reviewed strategic plan

New organisations/services starting up

Restructuring of organisation

Enhanced service delivery

Funding imperatives

Strategies to develop effective new networksmay include:

Liaison with relevant government, community, business and other representatives

Participating and managing formal network committees

Negotiating with relevant organisations for network participation

Liaison with other network organisations

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Identify and prioritise organisation, professional and individual networking needs and established new networks as required to meet client needs and organisation objectives 
Incorporate significant cultural practices, needs and traditions into the networking strategy and its development 
Implement strategies to develop effective new networks in consultation with key people and in accordance with organisation objectives 
Make available information about new network to other staff and others as appropriate 
Develop and implement processes for engaging relevant community members to collect and disseminate information as appropriate to ensure effective operation of the network 
Identify potential discrimination or culturally based obstacles to effective networks and develop and implement strategies to avoid them 
Value cultural difference and diversity as a resource in networks and integrate into practices, relationships and strategies where relevant 
Where individual relationships interfere with the effective operation of networks, take timely remedial action in accordance with organisation procedures, to ensure maximum benefit to clients 
Regularly evaluate effectiveness and relevance of networks against organisation goals and client needs in consultation with key people, and modify appropriately as necessary 
In evaluating effectiveness of networks, consider issues related to cultural expectations, client needs and organisation's philosophy 


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