Certificate IV in Defence Paralegal Services

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 15 units

All 8 core units plus 1 unit from the specialisation elective units plus 6 general elective units

Specialisation elective units should be selected from the fields that most closely align to an individual's occupational outcomes.

The general elective units may be taken from the general elective units listed below, or may include 2 units taken from within this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package at the same qualification level or at a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic BSACS301A

Apply the principles of confidentiality and security within the legal environment

add topic BSALC301A

Use legal terminology in order to carry out tasks

add topic BSALPP301A

Apply knowledge of the legal system to complete tasks

add topic PSPGOV201B

Work in a public sector environment

add topic PSPGOV202B

Use routine workplace communication techniques

add topic PSPGOV302B

Contribute to workgroup activities

add topic PSPOHS201B

Follow workplace safety procedures


Specialisation Elective Units

add topic DEFPL001B

Provide support in service discipline and criminal law matters

add topic DEFPL003B

Provide support in administrative law matters

add topic DEFPL005B

Provide support in operations law matters

add topic DEFPL007B

Provide support in contract law matters

add topic DEFPL009B

Provide support in environmental law matters

add topic DEFPL011B

Provide support in legal assistance matters

add topic DEFPL012B

Assess civil claims


General Elective Units

add topic BSACS401A

Provide non-legal advice

add topic BSALC401A

Interact with other parties

add topic BSALC402A

Research, locate and provide legal and other information in response to requests

add topic BSALF301A

Maintain records for time and disbursements in a legal practice

add topic BSALLG401A

Arrange documents and list exhibits for litigation support

add topic BSALO301A

Assist in prioritising and planning activities in a legal practice

add topic BSALPP302A

Carry out search of the public record

add topic BSALPP303A

Deliver court documentation

add topic BSALPP501A

Obtain information from a client

add topic BSALR301A

Handle receipt and despatch of information

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic PSPGOV422A

Apply government processes

add topic DEFEQ002B

Supervise equity and diversity in the workplace

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF41512 Certificate IV in Defence Paralegal Services

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF41512 Certificate IV in Defence Paralegal Services have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.


compile reports on equity and diversity issues

comply with organisational policies and practices including legislative requirements and standard procedures

develop techniques for giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner

identify and communicate equity and diversity strategies to team members

provide feedback on equity and diversity strategies to managers

use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including body language, language style and active listening


apply techniques to support others

foster and promote equity and diversity practices

provide assistance to maximise individual contribution to the attainment of the team objectives

supervise and monitor equity and diversity processes within the workplace

understand team dynamics, aims and objectives

understand the composition, roles and responsibilities of team members

Problem solving

analyse and solve problems

deal with minor incidents

resolve grievances and complaints without bias

take action to correct inappropriate behaviour

Initiative and enterprise

translate research and analysis into clear advice to stakeholders

Planning and organising

apply processes to resolve grievance and complaints

determine and manage the constraints and risks relevant to the task

identify sources of information on equity and diversity in accordance with legislative requirements, and organisational policies and practices

understand and apply throughout the operation, occupational health and safety requirements and recognised safety precautions, including those contained in Australian Defence Force procedures


act independently

ensure that the individual decision making process is conducted in accordance with standard procedures


develop an understanding of equity and diversity strategies and techniques


use appropriate information technology and software