Diploma of Sport Development

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual intending to pursue a career in sport development. Occupational outcomes for this qualification can vary from managing competitions, sports venues and facilities and identifying and developing athletes. Work at this level would be undertaken with a high degree of autonomy.

Job roles

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

competition manager

program developer

talent development manager


20 units must be completed:

11 core units

9 elective units, which may be selected from the units listed or from SIS10; up to 4 of these units may be selected from any current accredited course or other Training Package at AQF level 4 or 5.

In all cases selection of electives must relate to the core function or role of the candidate's current or intended work environment, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core (11)

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Manage meetings

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Use advanced features of computer applications

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Determine needs of client populations

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Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

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Manage projects

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Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies

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Manage organisational risk

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Provide drugs in sport information

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Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology

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Develop nutritional strategies

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Facilitate groups

Electives (9)


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Teach the intermediate skills of Australian Football

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Teach the intermediate tactics of Australian Football

Coaching General Principles

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Implement selection policies

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Implement recovery programs

Competitive Canoeing

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Teach the advanced skills and tactics of slalom canoeing

Sports Administration

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Coordinate team or group management

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Coordinate team or group administration

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Develop volunteer management policies

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Conduct individualised long term training programs

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Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance

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Manage stock supply and purchase

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Use resources sufficiently

Outdoor Recreation - Equestrian

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Determine nutritional requirements for horses

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Manage stable maintenance


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Manage budgets and financial plans

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Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

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Establish and adjust the marketing mix

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Implement and monitor marketing activities

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Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

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Prepare income tax returns

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Manage budgets and forecasts

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Prepare financial reports for a reporting entity

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Establish and maintain accounting information systems

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Implement and maintain internal control procedures

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Prevent and treat equine injury and disease

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Obtain and manage sponsorship


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the sport industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicating with stakeholder groups to identify specific needs; liaising with volunteers, program and competition staff; preparing accurate records or reports on competitions or program outcomes; clarifying instructions to participants and other staff in clinics, competitions or talent development programs; effectively using body language and demonstration to reinforce technique instruction to athletes.


Providing leadership to a group of volunteers; monitoring performance and providing assistance where necessary; providing guidance to officials, facility and sport personnel to achieve agreed goals; promoting compliance with legal obligations; recognising factors that may cause interpersonal relationship problems and assisting appropriately to avoid or overcome the identified problems; acknowledging accountability to sport management and other sport or facility stakeholders.


Managing organisational risks; clarifying the extent of, and resolving problems through negotiating with stakeholders in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner; dealing with equipment breakdowns, lack of officials, weather issues or facility unavailability; planning, strategy and resource allocation to design and deliver sport development or talent identification programs and competitions.

Initiative and enterprise

Responding to change and demonstrating leadership in change management; identifying clear priorities for action; actively engaging with sport stakeholders to build relationships; seeking and acting on feedback from colleagues and clients to improve service delivery; monitoring activities and programs for emerging risks.

Planning and organising

Collecting, recording and analysing information to provide efficient planning for sport development programs and competitions; managing multiple tasks and resources simultaneously to coordinate staff and volunteer work activities to meet deadlines; setting of priorities for preparing fixtures and scheduling competitions; leading processes which contribute to the establishment of key directions for the organisation; implementing selection policies; developing and monitoring occupational health and safety policies.


Understanding and complying with the legal and ethical responsibilities that apply to own role within sports development and operating autonomously within limits of authority; critically reviewing own strengths and weaknesses; assessing feedback on own performance and determining strategies for improvement; building sport networks to regularly update knowledge and skills.


Identifying and accessing sources of research on sport development; contributing to a learning environment through openly sharing knowledge and experiences; identifying and accessing internal and external professional development opportunities; updating knowledge and skills to accommodate changes in sport development and competition management.


Understanding and utilising the operating capability of computer systems and software for sport programming and competition management; assessing new technologies for suitability for own situation; using information technology to assist in communication and support management and planning functions.