Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment)

The Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment) reflects the role of personnel working in local government who perform tasks involving a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of resources, roles and techniques for themselves and others. Personnel in this role are required to implement and frequently oversee specific practices to ensure the implementation of management systems, plans and policies. They demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, coordination and planning skills.


10 units of competency are required for the award of this qualification.

Choose 10 elective units from the lists below, including:

3 or more units from Group A

a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 from Group B (Specialist Health and Environment)

up to 2 elective units from Group C (General Elective) or from elsewhere within this Training Package, or another endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course


No more than 1 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 3 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.

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

Group B (Specialist Health and Environment) elective units

add topic LGAEHRH502B

Implement immunisation programs

add topic LGAEHRH506B

Monitor premises to minimise the spread of infectious diseases

add topic LGAEHRH510A

Contribute to public health emergency management plan

add topic LGAEHRH604B

Develop and implement environmental health education promotion and awareness strategies

add topic LGAEHRR402A

Respond to environmental health complaints

add topic LGAEHRR501C

Implement council's responsibilities in food safety

add topic LGAEHRR509A

Undertake environmental and nuisance controls

add topic LGAEHRW503B

Implement programs for disposal and containment of waste

add topic LGAEHRW507A

Plan and coordinate a waste collection or recycling service

add topic LGAEHRW508A

Undertake education programs to achieve reduction, reuse and recycling of waste

add topic LGAEHRW601B

Conduct waste management audits and assess needs

add topic LGAEHRW603B

Coordinate the implementation of council's waste management strategy

add topic PSPGOV517A

Coordinate risk management

add topic PUAEMR008A

Contribute to an emergency risk management process

Group C (General 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


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Establishing and maintaining networks

Conducting internal and external consultations

Writing to suit audience needs, including preparing submissions, writing reports and documenting audit results

Public presentation skills

Negotiating effectively


Working with people from diverse backgrounds and demographics

Establishing cooperative links with other organisations

Problem solving

Managing problems or contingencies ethically, professionally and in conjunction with relevant personnel

Initiative and enterprise

Developing and implementing strategies

Identifying opportunities not obvious to others

Developing entrepreneurial programs

Planning and organising

Establishing goals, objectives and criteria for health and environment education promotion and awareness programs and waste management programs

Gathering, researching and analysing relevant information, including information regarding waste samples

Reviewing strategies

Planning and monitoring performance of programs

Determining resource requirements to achieve budget objectives

Analysing qualitative and quantitative data and research

Implementing, monitoring and reviewing waste management practices

Self management

Reviewing and evaluating own performance through a variety of means, including self-reflection

Sourcing reliable feedback to evaluate education programs delivered


Contributing to the development of educational and information strategies

Contributing to the learning community within and outside the workplace

Ensuring feedback forms are available for use in future program development

Managing own learning


Using a range of office technology that supports presentations, including computers and software

Adapting to changes in technology