Certificate IV in Local Government

The Certificate IV in Local Government reflects the role of employees in Local Government who perform a broad range of skilled applications including the requirement to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices and provide some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills.


12 units of competency are required for the award of this qualification

Choose 12 elective units:

4 or more from the elective units listed below

The remaining units, at Certificate IV level, from elsewhere within this Training Package or another endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course


No more than four elective units may be imported.

No more than one elective unit may be drawn from an AQF level below or above the AQF level of this qualification.

Unit Code

Elective Units

add topic LGACORE102B

Follow defined OHS policies and procedures

add topic LGACORE104B

Work effectively in local government

add topic LGACORE105B

Work with others in local government

add topic LGACORE501B

Provide quality and timely advice to council

add topic LGACORE601B

Develop, implement and review operational plans

add topic LGACORE602B

Promote and facilitate organisational performance

add topic LGACORE603B

Represent council's role and value in the community

add topic LGACOM403B

Conduct public educational presentations

add topic LGACOM404B

Establish cooperative arrangements with other organisations

add topic LGACOM405B

Implement and monitor the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and programs within the work group or section

add topic LGACOM407B

Manage finances within a budget

add topic LGACOM501B

Develop and organise public education programs

add topic LGACOM502B

Devise and conduct community consultations

add topic LGACOM503B

Prepare a budget

add topic LGACOM602B

Coordinate and facilitate a change process

add topic LGACOM603B

Develop, implement and review policies and procedures

add topic LGAGOVA410B

Monitor council procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation

add topic LGACOMP024A

Develop community relations

add topic LGACOMP025A

Manage a local government project

add topic LGACOMP026A

Provide team leadership

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Prerequisite Unit/s


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Engaging in discussions with others who may be internal or external to the organisation

Responding to queries from others

Using clear verbal and non-verbal communication

Reading and interpreting a range of information relevant to job/role

Writing to suit audience needs

Sharing knowledge and information with others which may include providing feedback on policy development needs

Participating in consultations with clients and stakeholders

Applying negotiation techniques to defuse and resolve conflicts and negotiating with a range of personnel

Establishing and participating in networks


Working cohesively with others

Liaising with relevant personnel

Understanding the roles of team members and referring tasks to others where appropriate

Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds

Establishing links with other organisations to enhance council performance

Problem solving

Resolving work related problems

Establishing contingency plans and responding to contingencies

Forming and testing assumptions in an effort to resolve problems

Implementing conflict resolution strategies

Anticipating and responding to potential sources of conflict

Identifying and responding to deviations in budgeted figures

Determining breaches in compliance and rectifying breaches

Initiative and enterprise

Identifying the need to refer tasks which fall outside scope of job/role to others

Being proactive

Identifying sources of information and using them effectively

Identifying causes of conflict

Ability to adjust quickly to changing situations

Identifying opportunities not obvious to others including opportunities for collaborative arrangements

Assisting in business planning

Planning and organising

Planning and organising own work tasks

Time management

Participating in priority and goal setting

Gathering and organising information in order to complete set tasks

Organising schedules to ensure work is completed on time

Identifying and accessing required resources

Coordinating tasks and processes

Analysing information and data to support work objectives

Determining performance indicators

Evaluating progress of projects

Undertaking research and evaluation which may include conducting cost-benefit analyses

Self management

Monitoring own work and adjusting accordingly to meet agreed standards and expectations

Managing own work area

Identifying the need for additional support to enhance own performance

Evaluating own response to situations of conflict and managing own emotions


Attending relevant on and off the job training sessions

Taking responsibility for own learning

Contributing to learning in the workplace

Maintaining up to date knowledge of policies, procedures and legislation which impacts council and individual performance


Using technology relevant to the job/role which may include using computers, various software, accessing and updating databases, internet usage

Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate