Certificate IV in Local Government (Health and Environment)

The Certificate IV in Local Government (Health and Environment) 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 from the lists below, including:

3 units from Group A

a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 9 units from Group B (Specialist Health and Environment)

up to 3 remaining elective units, at Certificate IV level, from Group B (Specialist General Elective) units, or from elsewhere within this Training Package or another endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course


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

Only three Group A units used in the packaging of a qualification for a candidate can be used in the packaging of a subsequent and higher level qualification for the candidate. No specialist, general elective or imported elective units used in the packaging of a qualification are to be included in the packaging of subsequent qualifications undertaken by the candidate.

The inclusion of additional electives may need to be considered to meet the specific needs of a State or Territory.

Unit Code

Group A Elective Units

add topic LGACOM411A

Interpret and apply authority to act

add topic LGACOMP025A

Manage a local government project

add topic LGACOMP026A

Provide team leadership

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

Core Unit Code

Group B(Specialist Health and Environment) ElectiveUnits

add topic LGAEHRH302B

Undertake water sampling and routine reporting

add topic LGAEHRH403A

Operate waste transfer, collection station or landfill facility

add topic LGAEHRH404A

Coordinate and support the delivery of health services

add topic LGAEHRH405A

Conduct routine inspections of food premises

add topic LGAEHRR301B

Monitor and control standards of accommodation

add topic LGAEHRR302B

Monitor and control standards of public swimming pools

add topic LGAEHRR401A

Conduct routine inspections of non-food premises

add topic LGAEHRR504C

Implement public education programs to improve community compliance

add topic LGAEHRW505B

Implement strategies to minimise the impact of waste on the environment

add topic LGAREGS406A

Support programs to enforce compliance

add topic PMLOHS302A

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

add topic PMLTEST200A

Conduct routine site measurements

Unit Code

Group C (Specialist General Elective) ElectiveUnits

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 LGACOMP024A

Develop community relations

add topic LGAGOVA410B

Monitor council procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation

add topic LGAREGS402B

Provide evidence in court

add topic NWP315B

Investigate and report breaches of water industry legislation

add topic NWP429B

Coordinate, implement and report trade waste monitoring procedures

add topic NWP430A

Evaluate, implement and monitor standard low-risk trade waste discharge approvals

add topic NWP431A

Investigate, rectify and report on trade waste incidents

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 and requests for information

Using clear verbal and non-verbal communication

Reading and interpreting a range of information at a level which is relevant to the job/role and which may include parts of legislation, policies and procedures

Writing to suit audience needs

Sharing knowledge and information with others, which may include providing feedback and motivating others

Participating in consultations with clients and stakeholders

Communicating the need for support

Identifying and clarifying work requirements and performance expectations with team

Negotiating effectively

Establishing and maintaining consultative processes

Conducting effective presentations for members of the public and others, which serve to improve community compliance


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

Engaging and working with specialist advisors

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 and rectifying breaches in compliance

Initiative and enterprise

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

Being proactive

Identifying sources of information and using them effectively

Identifying causes of conflict

Adjusting quickly to changing situations

Identifying opportunities not obvious to others, including opportunities for collaborative arrangements

Developing strategies to enhance team performance

Generating a range of options when advising council

Selecting appropriate consultation strategies that encourage community involvement

Planning and organising

Planning and organising own work tasks

Planning and coordinating waste collection services

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

Reviewing policies

Monitoring, assessing and evaluating trends which impact on council

Monitoring outputs against agreed performance expectations

Undertaking research

Self management

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

Managing own work area

Identifying need for additional support to enhance own performance

Evaluating own response to situations of conflict and managing own emotions

Undertaking self-development opportunities where necessary


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 impact council and individual performance


Using technology relevant to the job/role, which may include:

using office computers and software

manipulating graphics and models

using various media in the conduct of presentations

Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate