Prepare a budget

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver LGACOM503B, 'Prepare a budget'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Collect and collate relevant data

1.1.Data required for budget preparation is identified and accessed.

1.2.Previous budgets and the financial implications of council's current activities and plans are analysed and evaluated.

1.3.Relevant people are consulted and given the opportunity to contribute to the budget planning process.

1.4.Possible changes of circumstance that will impact on the budget are identified.

1.5.Any anomalies in the information received are checked with the appropriate person.

2. Justify proposals for expenditure

2.1.Estimates of costs and benefits are made that are supported by valid and relevant information.

2.2.Assessments of alternative courses of action are considered in making the final recommendations.

2.3.Appropriate members of staff are encouraged to contribute to the recommendations.

2.4.The net benefits likely to be achieved from the expenditure are clearly indicated.

2.5.Possible future variations in levels of activity are taken into account.

2.6.Recommendations are presented clearly, concisely and in an appropriate format.

2.7.Where challenges to the proposal are made, further explanation is given to promote acceptance.

2.8.Estimates are compared with actual costs and benefits and used to improve future calculations.

3. Seek out alternative or additional financial opportunities

3.1.Effective and comprehensive methods for discovering alternative or additional sources of funding or income are employed.

3.2.Sources of funding or income are assessed to ensure they comply with council objectives and policies.

3.3.Management/council approval for funding submission or income-generating activity is obtained where necessary.

3.4.Funding proposals are prepared and submitted.

4. Prepare draft budget for comment

4.1.The draft budget is prepared to accurately reflect the financial requirements of the department, service or council.

4.2. he draft budget is clear and accurate and presented in an appropriate format.

4.3.Income and expenditure estimates are clearly identified and are supported by valid, reliable and relevant information.

4.4.The draft budget is prepared consistent with council objectives and ensures the efficient and effective operation of council in the short, medium and long term.

4.5.The draft budget is completed within required time frame.

4.6.The draft budget is circulated to appropriate people for comment.

5. Prepare final budget

5.1.Comments on draft budget are considered and relevant people are advised of implications.

5.2.Required modifications to draft budget are agreed and incorporated.

5.3.Proposed budget is completed in required format within required time frame.

5.4.Proposed budget is negotiated through appropriate budgetary meeting.

5.5.Relevant people are informed of budget requirements in a timely and accurate manner.

Qualifications and Skillsets

LGACOM503B appears in the following qualifications:

  • LGA40604 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Land Management)
  • LGA50104 - Diploma of Local Government Administration
  • LGA50208 - Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment)
  • LGA50604 - Diploma of Local Government (Regulatory Services)
  • LGA40504 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Regulatory Services)
  • LGA40404 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Operational Works)
  • LGA50404 - Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)
  • LGA50508 - Diploma of Local Government (Planning)
  • LGA40708 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning)
  • LGA60104 - Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)
  • LGA40308 - Certificate IV in Local Government (Health and Environment)
  • LGA40104 - Certificate IV in Local Government
  • LGA50304 - Diploma of Local Government (Land Management)
  • HLT42407 - Certificate IV in Indigenous Environmental Health
  • HLT42307 - Certificate IV in Population Health
  • HLT51007 - Diploma of Population Health
  • HLT51107 - Diploma of Indigenous Environmental Health