Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning)

The Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning) 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 or more units from Group A

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

Up to 3 elective units, at Certificate IV level, from Group C (General Elective) 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.

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.

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.

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 LGACOMP024A

Develop community relations

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

add topic LGAGOVA410B

Monitor council procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation

Unit Code

Group B (Specialist Planning) Elective Units

add topic BCGBC4012A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic LGAPLEM404A

Prepare and present geographic information systems data

add topic LGAPLEM405C

Provide assistance in carrying out building inspections

add topic LGAPLEM406B

Analyse the natural and built environment

add topic LGAPLEM407A

Read and interpret titles, covenants and the local planning scheme

add topic LGAPLEM408A

Process building permits

add topic LGAPLEM409A

Draft planning permits and conditions

add topic LGAPLEM410A

Provide service and information in preparing a development application

add topic LGAPLEM411A

Conduct initial assessments of minor planning applications

add topic LGAPLEM412A

Support the planning application, notification and appeals process

add topic LGAPLEM413A

Conduct site inspections to check accuracy of plan and application documentation

add topic LGAREGS303B

Enforce legislation to achieve compliance

add topic LGAREGS402B

Provide evidence in court

Unit Code

Group C (General Elective) Elective Units

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 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 LGALAND401A

Apply the principles of ecologically sustainable development to council decisions

add topic LGALAND403A

Assess applications for the use of land in council care, control and management

add topic LGALAND404A

Undertake research of the natural and built environment

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 relevant to job/role

Writing to suit audience needs, e.g. providing written notification to affected parties

Sharing knowledge and information with others

Participating in consultations with clients and stakeholders

Communicating the need for support

Negotiating effectively

Establishing and maintaining consultative processes

Developing and maintaining effective relations with the community

Conducting consultations and interviews with applicants

Explaining rights and responsibilities

Preparing reports

Responding to customer feedback


Working cohesively with others

Liaising with relevant personnel

Understanding the roles of team members and referring applications where necessary

Working 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

Determining breaches in compliance and rectifying causes

Performing calculations

Resolving customer complaints

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

Adjusting quickly to changing situations

Identifying opportunities not obvious to others

Developing strategies to enhance effective community relations

Generating a range of options when advising council

Planning and organising

Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

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

Coordinating tasks and processes

Analysing information and data to support work objectives

Monitoring, assessing and evaluating trends that impact on council

Undertaking relevant research and evaluation

Analysing documents and drawings for compliance

Arranging inspection times and meetings

Assisting in site inspections

Self management

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

Managing own work area

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 that impact on council and individual performance

Obtaining feedback to improve ongoing activities


Using technology relevant to the job/role, such as GIS, CAD, desktop publishing, desktop mapping, multimedia, graphic animation, plotters, printers and terminals

Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate