Develop and use political nous

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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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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 PSPGOV515A, 'Develop and use political nous'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify the political terrain

1.1 Stakeholder positions are identified and taken account of.

1.2 Corporate politics are analysed to identify agendas and players.

1.3 Awareness of and sensitivity to political agendas, both open and hidden, are developed and utilised.

1.4 The current agenda is located in the wider context to appreciate the big picture and provide more than one perspective.

1.5 The impact of the agenda on the work area is identified and confirmed in accordance with organisational protocols.

2. Evaluate the political environment

2.1 Information is sourced from inside and outside the organisation, and its authenticity and reliability are confirmed.

2.2 An analysis of the political, social and economic environment is undertaken that takes into account emerging trends and current and possible future goals of the organisation.

3. Form alliances

3.1 Power structure and sources of power are identified in the organisation and the wider public sector.

3.2 People prepared to trade mutual support are identified and the benefits assessed.

3.3 Risks and benefits of possible alliances are weighed.

3.4 Interested groups/individuals are lobbied to gain support and acceptance of ideas/courses of action.

3.5 Influence is built with key policy makers, decision makers and key influencers, in accordance with public sector standards and legislation.

4. Bargain and negotiate to achieve outcomes

4.1 Sound positions are developed with supporting arguments.

4.2 Responses to possible contradictory positions are formulated.

4.3 Positions are negotiated and refined with feedback from the negotiation process.

4.4 Consensus with others is achieved for one's position.

4.5 Outcomes are implemented in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PSPGOV515A appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA60110 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
  • PUA52210 - Diploma of Public Safety (Compliance)
  • PUA51709 - Diploma of Public Safety (Test and Evaluation)
  • PSP51104 - Diploma of Government (Management)
  • PSP52110 - Diploma of Government (Workplace Relations)
  • PSP50104 - Diploma of Government
  • TLI60210 - Advanced Diploma of Deployment Logistics
  • TLI50510 - Diploma of Deployment Logistics

And the skillsets: