Certificate IV in Defence Paralegal Services

Not applicable.


11 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

6 elective units

Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the Group A or B lists below, of which 1 unit must be from Group A.

Choose the remaining 3 elective units from the Group A or B elective lists below, or elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The elective units should be selected from the units that most closely align to an individuals occupational outcomes.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units

add topic BSBCMM402A

Implement effective communication strategies

add topic BSBLEG304A

Apply the principles of confidentiality and security within the legal environment

add topic BSBLEG305A

Use legal terminology in order to carry out tasks

add topic PSPGOV201B

Work in a public sector environment

add topic PSPPROC303A

Carry out basic procurement


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)


Provide support in service discipline matters


Provide support in administrative law matters


Provide support in criminal law matters


Provide support in legal assistance matters


Group B Elective Units (General)


Obtain information from a client

add topic BSBADM406B

Organise business travel

add topic BSBADM502B

Manage meetings

add topic BSBINM302A

Utilise a knowledge management system

add topic BSBLEG308A

Assist in prioritising and planning activities in a legal practice

add topic BSBLEG412A

Interpret and apply legislation

add topic BSBLEG418A

Produce complex legal documents

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBCMN311B

Maintain workplace safety

add topic PSPGOV303B

Build and maintain internal networks

add topic PSPGOV402B

Deliver and monitor service to clients

add topic PSPGOV406B

Gather and analyse information

add topic PSPGOV418A

Develop internal and external networks

add topic PSPLEGN401A

Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector

add topic TAEASS301B

Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL404A

Mentor in the workplace


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF42812 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.

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.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


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 nonverbal 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