Vocational Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management reflects and supports the role of senior managers in local government who perform wide-ranging tasks and provide leadership for the organisation.

The qualification supports the responsibilities of councils' senior managers for the management and leadership of staff, strategic planning, effective management of processes and operations, and the development and engagement of the community.

Some units are also designed to be of value to elected members of councils.


To satisfy the requirements of the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management the candidate needs to demonstrate competency in 4 units of competency drawn from the Vocational Graduate Certificate units listed below.


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Govern councils

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Manage the human resources process in local government

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Lead and develop local government staff

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Lead the strategic planning process for local government

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Manage and improve the organisation's processes

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Develop risk management systems

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Use financial and economic information for strategic decision making

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Develop, lead and build community capacity

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Build business opportunities and community initiatives

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Manage contracts and contractors

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Manage complex projects

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Develop and manage an asset management plan


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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:


Consulting with and engaging community members, business leaders, customers, staff and others who may be internal or external to the organisation

Researching, preparing and presenting high-level reports and plans for diverse audiences

Using clear and insightful verbal and non-verbal communication

Reading and interpreting a range of information relevant to job/role, including strategic and operational plans, regulations, Acts, legislation and policies

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

Communicating the need for support

Engaging stakeholders and fostering change

Negotiating effectively, including contract negotiation

Establishing and maintaining consultative processes

Developing and maintaining effective relations with the community


Managing teams

Leading team efforts towards identified goals

Managing formal human resource processes

Liaising with relevant personnel

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

Working with people from diverse backgrounds

Engaging and working with specialist advisors

Problem solving

Identifying long-term community needs and matching policy responses to address those needs

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 business opportunities and fostering community initiatives

Harnessing the energy and commitment of community members and staff to major projects

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

Leading business strategies and planning processes

Planning and organising

Leading planning processes

Facilitating and leading community planning processes

Managing risks

Managing contracts, contractors and projects

Planning and organising own work tasks and those of a team

Planning and organising resources to meet deadlines

Time management

Establishing departmental and organisational priorities

Determining schedules to ensure work is completed on time

Coordinating tasks and processes

Undertaking relevant research and evaluation to support work objectives

Self management

Demonstrating capacity to be a self-starter and self-motivated

Demonstrating entrepreneurship

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

Managing own work area

Undertaking self-development opportunities where necessary


Taking responsibility for own learning

Contributing to learning in the workplace

Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of policies, procedures and legislation which impact on council and individual performance

Obtaining feedback to identify ways to improve ongoing activities


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

conducting online research

using applications to manage contracts and projects

using in-house applications to manage finances

planning and reporting processes

Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate