Defence Public Affairs
11 units of competency are required for this qualification including:
4 core units
7 elective units
Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the Group A elective list below.
Choose a minimum of 1 elective unit from the Group B elective list below.
Choose the remaining 3 elective units from either the 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.
Persuade and influence opinion
Manage public affairs
Provide public affairs advisory service
Manage media relationships
Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)
Apply government systems
Establish and maintain strategic networks
Prepare high-level/sensitive written materials
Coordinate public affairs events and activities
Manage policy implementation
Group B Elective Units (General)
Provide strategic direction
Formulate business strategies
Maintain and enhance confidence in public service
Develop a business case
Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.
Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF60912 Advanced Diploma of Defence Public Affairs 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 Skills Statement
clarify the ethical aspects of decisions/actions and advice
communicate and encourage the professionalism required of public servants in ways suited to the diversity of the workforce
document promptly and in accordance with organisational policy and procedures, issues relating to ethical problems
encourage reporting of suspected unethical conduct, deal with in a confidential manner and act on promptly, and in accordance with policy and procedures
establish effective communication channels to exchange strategic information for the mutual benefit of network members
interpret and explain complex, formal documents and assist others to apply them in the workplace
prepare written advice and reports requiring precision of expression
provide guidance on more complex ethical problems
provide objective and impartial advice to government regarding policy decisions relating to the public interest
source information from inside and outside the organisation, and confirm its authenticity and reliability
use a variety of words and language structures to explain complex ideas to different audiences
confirm staff understanding of legislation, guidelines and action to address professional development needs is timely
encourage staff to discuss, clarify and meet legislative requirements
encourage staff to raise ethical dilemmas, provide them with frameworks for ethical decision making and policy setting, and coach in their application
identify key stakeholders and their needs, expectations and roles
manage participative arrangements in consultation with employees and their representatives in accordance with occupational health and safety legislation, internal agreements, and consistent with the organisationâ€™s overall process for consultation
model ethical conduct and reinforce in others
use a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the linkages between governments in taking decisions, advice and actions
deal with ambiguity and machinery of government changes
discard redundant information/version control
identify misunderstandings and conflict situations, and address constructively in accordance with principles of conflict resolution
interpret legislation and evaluate compliance outcomes
undertake analysis of the political, social and economic environment that takes into account emerging trends, and current and possible future goals of the organisation
undertake consideration of relevant facts comprehensively, and give unbiased, transparent and defensible weightings to competing interests
use decision making processes transparently and document accountably and reasoning/grounds for decisions in accordance with policy and procedures
Initiative and enterprise
apply procedures or protocols for reporting unethical conduct
develop initiatives and resources to address barriers to equal employment opportunity within the organisation or adopt in accordance with the diversity strategy
establish new network links between self and key internal and external stakeholders and use effectively
identify inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control, and seek resources enabling implementation of new measures and/or provide according to appropriate procedures
structure advice to include strategies for dealing with sensitive situations while maintaining confidentiality, and handling consequences if confidentiality is breached
Planning and organising
develop or review organisational processes and practices to ensure they meet the requirements of procedural fairness and accountability
identify features of required strategic networks, identify or establish network links with key stakeholders and build strategic relationships
identify organisational linkages between government organisations and with quasi-government organisations and non-government organisations, and regularly reassess to maintain currency of information
include risk management strategies in processes and ensure they meet client, staff and organisational needs for transparency and accountability
provide staff with opportunities to develop skills in identifying and resolving situations requiring ethical judgment
take decisions, advice and actions making effective use of a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of these organisational linkages
undertake risk assessment planning relating to legislative compliance to establish the risk of non-compliance and develop/implement mitigation strategies in accordance with organisational policy and procedures
acquire, retain, recall and communicate information
employ a range of leadership styles to facilitate intercultural management and to manage diverse teams
ensure professionalism, which may include ethical conduct, commitment, diligence, courtesy, respect for others, conduct free of cultural and gender bias
maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the current political environment and reflect in decisions, advice and actions taken
resolve conflict in a strategic networking context
use a range of communication methods with diverse strategic networks including consultation, liaison, negotiation, building influence and reputation, transparency
use formal and informal industry communication channels
use personal conduct to demonstrate a commitment to compliance with legislation, policy and guidelines
learn about legislation related to privacy, freedom of information, human rights, whistleblower protection
learn about local, national and international public sector structures and protocols, equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity principles
learn about public sector ethics, organisational code of ethics/conduct
access legislation and codes of practice electronically or in hard copy
apply communication technology
liaise with electronic media
prepare written advice and reports requiring precision of expression
review insecure internet/fax access
use qualitative data and analysis
use technology to access legislation and guidelines
use telephone contact and/or electronic mail