Manage budgets and financial plans


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. It includes planning and implementing financial management approaches, supporting team members whose role involves aspects of financial operations, monitoring and controlling finances and reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes.

It applies to managers in a wide range of organisations and sectors who have responsibility for ensuring that work team financial resources are used effectively and are managed in line with financial objectives of the team and organisation.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1 Plan financial management approaches

1.1 Accessbudget/financial plansfor the work team

1.2 Clarify budget/financial plans withrelevant personnelwithin the organisation to ensure that documented outcomes are achievable, accurate and comprehensible

1.3 Negotiate any changes required to be made to budget/financial plans with relevant personnel within the organisation

1.4 Preparecontingency plansin the event that initial plans need to be varied

2 Implement financial management approaches

2.1 Disseminate relevant details of the agreed budget/financial plans to team members

2.2 Providesupportto ensure that team members can competently performrequired rolesassociated with the management of finances

2.3 Determine and accessresources and systemsto manage financial management processes within the work team

3 Monitor and control finances

3.1 Implementprocesses to monitor actual expenditure and to control costs across the work team

3.2 Monitor expenditure and costs on an agreed cyclical basis to identify cost variations and expenditure overruns

3.3 Implement, monitor and modify contingency plans as required to maintain financial objectives

3.4 Reporton budget and expenditure in accordance with organisational protocols

4 Review and evaluate financial management processes

4.1 Collect and collate for analysis,data and information on the effectiveness of financial management processeswithin the work team

4.2 Analyse data and information on the effectiveness of financial management processes within the work team and identify, document and recommend any improvements to existing processes

4.3 Implement and monitor agreed improvements in line with financial objectives of the work team and the organisation

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.






1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1-3.4, 4.2, 4.3

Interprets and analyses information to determine activities required


1.1, 1.4, 4.1-4.3

Records information in correct forms and prepares materials which convey detailed and factual content in accordance with internal procedures

Oral Communication

1.2, 1.3, 2.1-2.3

Presents information about financial issues and requirements to a range of audiences using structure and language to suit the audience

Uses active listening and questioning to clarify information and to confirm understanding


1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.3

Uses a wide range of mathematical calculations to analyse numeric information in budgets or financial plans

Navigate the world of work

2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.3

Recognises, understands and adheres to organisational requirements in undertaking own work

Interact with others

1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 2.3, 4.2, 4.3

Uses a range of strategies to connect, collaborate and cooperate with other work colleagues in activities requiring collective effort and diverse skills and knowledge

Get the work done

1.1, 1.4, 2.3, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.3

Uses logical processes in planning, implementing and evaluating complex tasks and developing alternative strategies in achieving goals and timelines

Uses a range of digital technologies to access, filter, compile, integrate and logically present complex information from multiple sources


Finance - Financial Management