Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 13 units

All 5 core units plus 1 unit from the specialisation elective units plus 7 general elective units

Specialist 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 a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFEQ002B

Supervise equity and diversity in the workplace

add topic BSALC501A

Run a file

add topic BSALPP401A

Prepare and produce complex legal documents

add topic BSALPP502A

Draft legally binding documents

add topic PSPOHS401B

Implement workplace safety procedures and programs


Specialisation Elective Units

add topic DEFPL002B

Provide advice on service discipline and criminal law matters

add topic DEFPL004B

Provide advice on administrative law matters

add topic DEFPL006B

Provide advice on operations law matters

add topic DEFPL008B

Provide advice on contract law matters

add topic DEFPL010B

Provide advice on environmental law matters

add topic DEFPL013B

Provide advice on civil claims


General Elective Units

add topic BSALLG501A

Assist with the discovery process

add topic BSALLG502A

Appear in court

add topic BSALLG503A

Attend pre-trial negotiations

add topic BSALPL501A

Cost complex files

add topic BSBADM406A

Organise business travel

add topic BSBADM502A

Manage meetings

add topic BSBFLM501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBFLM503B

Manage effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBFLM511B

Develop a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic FNSACCT501A

Provide financial and business performance information

add topic FNSACCT609A

Evaluate financial risk

add topic PSPGOV503B

Coordinate resource allocation and usage

add topic PSPGOV511A

Provide leadership

add topic DEFEQ003B

Manage equity and diversity

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic TAAASS401C

Plan and organise assessment

add topic TAAASS402C

Assess competence

add topic TAAASS404B

Participate in assessment validation

add topic TAADEL301C

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF51112 Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF51112 Diploma of 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

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