Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services

Not applicable.


8 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

2 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


Run a file

add topic BSBLEG418A

Produce complex legal documents


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)


Provide high level support on service discipline matters


Provide high level support on criminal law matters


Provide high level support on administrative law matters


Provide high level support on operations law matters


Provide high level support on legal assistance matters


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic BSBADM406B

Organise business travel

add topic BSBADM502B

Manage meetings

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic PSPGOV414A

Provide workplace mentoring

add topic PSPGOV415A

Provide workplace coaching

add topic PSPGOV418A

Develop internal and external networks

add topic PSPGOV503B

Coordinate resource allocation and usage

add topic PSPGOV504B

Undertake research and analysis

add topic PSPGOV506A

Support workplace coaching and mentoring

add topic PSPGOV516A

Develop and use emotional intelligence

add topic PSPLEGN401A

Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector

add topic PSPOHS401B

Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

add topic PSPPROC411A

Plan procurement

add topic PSPPROC412A

Develop and distribute requests for offers

add topic PSPPROC413A

Select providers and develop contracts


    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 DEF52612 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.

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

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