Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)

The Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works) reflects the role of personnel working in Local Government who perform tasks that are broad, specialised, complex and technical and include strategic areas and initiating activities. They are responsible for the establishment of the site management systems, plans and policies and are required to demonstrate self-directed application of theoretical and technical knowledge and initiate solutions to technical problems or management requirements.


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

Choose 12 elective units from the list below, including:

4 or more units from Group A

3 unitsfrom Group B (Specialist Operational Works)

5 units fromelsewhere within this Training Package, or another endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course

NOTE:No more than 1 elective unit may be drawn from an AQF level below the AQF level of this qualification.

Group A 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

Group B (Specialist Operational Works) elective units

add topic LGAWORK601A

Monitor and finalise works projects

add topic LGAWORK602A

Supervise establishment of works projects

add topic LGAWORK603A

Determine and prioritise a council works program


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Consulting with customers, staff and 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 including plans, maps, instructions, level sheet charts and specifications, regulations, acts, legislation and policies

Writing to suit audience needs which may include issuing final acceptance notifications, preparing appraisal pro-formas, documenting suggested design improvements, preparing reports on works/projects

Presenting information to others at briefings and via other forms of communication

Communicating the need for support

Negotiating effectively

Establishing and maintaining consultative processes

Developing and maintaining effective relations with the community


Working cohesively with others

Liaising with relevant personnel

Understanding the roles of team members, defining lines of delegation and authority and referring tasks to others where appropriate

Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds

Engaging and working with specialist advisors

Leading and supervising a team

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

Quantifying the benefits of options and performing calculations to assist in solving problems

Initiative and enterprise

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

Thinking and acting proactively to solve problems and generate improved work practices and productivity

Identifying relevant sources of information and using them effectively

Adjusting quickly to changing situations

Identifying opportunities not obvious to others

Contributing to business strategies and planning

Planning and organising

Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

Planning and organising own work tasks and those of a team

Planning and organising resources to meet deadlines

Time management

Monitoring works projects including project costs to ensure work is carried out within financial constraints

Establishing works priorities

Determining schedules to ensure work is completed on time

Undertaking testing of works in progress in accordance with legislation, regulations and policy requirements

Coordinating tasks and processes

Undertaking relevant research and evaluation to support work objectives

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 which impact council and individual performance

Obtaining feedback to identify ways to improve ongoing activities


Using technology relevant to the job/role which may include updating asset management systems, interpreting three-dimensional designs and reading reports

Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate