Lead the strategic planning process for local government

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 LGAGCM704A, 'Lead the strategic planning process for local government'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine framework for development of strategic plan

1.1 Extensive consultation with council and senior staff is undertaken to determine parameters that will be used for the planning process, including time frames and budget.

1.2 Analysis of current strategic planning frameworks is conducted to determine a methodology that is in keeping with council's environment, needs and values.

1.3 Stakeholders who will contribute to plan's development are identified.

1.4 Planning methodology is developed and project plan, including resource allocation, is documented.

1.5 Goals and outcomes of plan are identified and stakeholder support is gained.

2. Conduct high-level scan of council operating environment

2.1 Extensive local, national and international research is undertaken and managed to identify key issues effecting council.

2.2 Issues of environmental sustainability and regional economic performance are reviewed.

2.3 Demographic and industry trend data is identified, collected and analysed to provide profiling information about the region in which the council operates.

2.4 Key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) are identified.

2.5 Major risk factors are identified that could constrain achievement of council goals in the short, medium and long term.

2.6 Extensive consultation is conducted with stakeholders in the community, industry and government to identify issues and expectations impacting upon council's operations.

3. Lead the establishment of council goals and key result areas

3.1 Processes to engage council, staff and stakeholders are developed and implemented to establish council's major goals during the forecast/planning period.

3.2 Critical success factors that will be in place to support attainment of plan are established, including staff resources, financial resources, staff skills and external support.

3.3 Leadership to establish council's key result areas for the period of the plan is provided.

4. Lead the formulation of the detailed strategic plan

4.1 Processes and delegations are put in place and managed to develop plan in line with chosen methodology and format.

4.2 Communications strategy is planned and put in place to ensure staff and stakeholders are informed of progress, changes and outcomes.

4.3 Appropriate methods are employed to gain commitment to process and plan.

4.4 Sign-off and commitment to finalised strategic plan are obtained from relevant stakeholders and participants.

5. Plan and manage implementation processes

5.1 Development of the necessary tactical or operational plans across business units or departments required to implement the longer-term strategic plan is lead and managed.

5.2 Prioritising and human, financial and capital resourcing of programs or operational tactics are planned and conducted.

5.3 Performance indicators or benchmarks are established in line with council process in order to determine progress and success.

5.4 Change management process is planned and led with consideration given to the building of strong team commitment.

5.5 Strategies to skill the workforce in order to enact the plan are put in place.

5.6 Communication processes are put in place to inform and support staff and stakeholders during any required change and implementation process.

6. Develop and manage monitoring and review process

6.1 Processes to monitor performance against agreed benchmarks and performance indicators are put in place and enacted for relevant service delivery and corporate support areas.

6.2 Reporting processes with council, community, staff and other agencies are planned, implemented and monitored.

6.3 Outcomes of strategic and operational plans are monitored in line with agreed processes.

6.4 Review or refinement of activities is undertaken in light of changing conditions to ensure attainment of strategic plan's goals.

Qualifications and Skillsets

LGAGCM704A appears in the following qualifications:

  • LGA70108 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management