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

sport development manager.


20 units must be completed:

11 core units

9 elective units, which may be selected from the electives in this qualification or from units which are first packaged at AQF level 4, or 5 within add topic SIS10 ; up to 4 elective units may be selected from any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be units which are first packaged at AQF level 5.

In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units

add topic BSBADM502B

Manage meetings

add topic ICAICT308A

Use advanced features of computer applications

add topic SISSSCO306

Provide drugs in sport information

add topic SISSSCO307

Provide nutrition information to athletes

add topic SISSSCO308

Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology

add topic SISXCAI306A

Facilitate groups

add topic SISXCCS403A

Determine needs of client populations

add topic SISXIND404A

Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

add topic SISXIND406A

Manage projects

add topic SISXRSK502A

Manage organisational risks

add topic SISXWHS402

Implement and monitor work health and safety policies

General elective units

add topic AHCHBR306A

Prevent and treat equine injury and disease

add topic BSBFIM501

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBMGT517

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBMKG501

Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

add topic BSBMKG502

Establish and adjust the marketing mix

add topic BSBMKG514

Implement and monitor marketing activities

add topic BSBSUS501

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic CUAWHS501

Maintain a high level of fitness for performance

add topic FNSACC502

Prepare tax documentation for individuals

add topic FNSACC503

Manage budgets and forecasts

add topic FNSACC504

Prepare financial reports for corporate entities

add topic FNSACC505

Establish and maintain accounting information systems

add topic FNSACC506

Implement and maintain internal control procedures

add topic SISOEQO408A

Determine nutritional requirements for horses

add topic SISOEQO515A

Manage stable maintenance

add topic SISSAFL406A

Teach the intermediate skills of Australian Football

add topic SISSAFL407A

Teach the intermediate tactics of Australian Football

add topic SISSCNO407A

Teach the advanced skills and tactics of slalom canoeing

add topic SISSSCO101

Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices

add topic SISSSCO303

Plan and deliver coaching programs

add topic SISSSCO304

Customise coaching for athletes with specific needs

add topic SISSSCO305

Implement selection policies

add topic SISSSCO409

Work collaboratively with support personnel

add topic SISSSCO410

Implement a talent identification program

add topic SISSSCO411

Apply self-management to intermediate level coaching

add topic SISSSCO512

Assist athletes to prevent and manage injury and illness

add topic SISSSCO513

Plan and implement high performance training and recovery programs

add topic SISSSDE502

Design and implement strategies to increase participation

add topic SISSSDE503

Develop volunteer management policies

add topic SISSSOF101

Develop and update officiating knowledge

add topic SISSSOF304

Roster officials

add topic SISSSOF305

Officiate in a high performance environment

add topic SISSSOF306

Apply self-management to enhance high performance officiating

add topic SISSSOF307

Coach officials

add topic SISSSPA505A

Coordinate team or group management

add topic SISSSPA506A

Coordinate team or group administration

add topic SISXFAC404A

Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance

add topic SISXFAC506A

Manage stock supply and purchase

add topic SISXIND402

Analyse legal knowledge for organisation governance

add topic SISXIND507A

Manage education initiatives

add topic SISXRES403A

Use resources efficiently

add topic SITXEVT505

Manage on-site event operations

add topic SITXEVT602

Develop event concepts

add topic SITXEVT603

Determine event feasibility

add topic SITXGLC501

Research and comply with regulatory requirements

add topic SITXHRM402

Lead and manage people

add topic SITXMGT501

Establish and conduct business relationships

add topic SITXMPR501

Obtain and manage sponsorship


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway, however is not suitable for School Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislation, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification of the endorsement.

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 qualification 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.

Problem Solving

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 organisation

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.