Facilitate community development through recreational activities

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply community development principles in a recreation context. This unit focuses on liaising with specific community groups to plan and implement community recreation initiatives to meet their needs. It covers the application of the principles of access and equity to identify and address issues affecting participation of specific communities.


This unit applies to those working autonomously in a sport and recreation environment. This includes middle managers and coordinators of volunteers working in a range of locations or with a range of participants in aquatic programs, sport programs or recreation leisure centres including gyms.



Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the Required Skills and Knowledge section and the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

1. Develop the recreation initiative in consultation with a specific community.

1.1. Identify characteristics of the specific community.

1.2. Consult with key stakeholders to identify and confirm needs and expected outcomes.

1.3. Identify any barriers to participation in recreational activities.

1.4. Develop the recreation initiative according to relevant legislation, organisational policies and procedures and principles of community development.

1.5. Identify and organise appropriate resources to implement the recreation initiative.

1.6. Prepare and disseminate marketing materials to target audience according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

2. Deliver the recreation initiative.

2.1. Implement strategies for delivering the recreation initiative according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

2.2. Monitor access and participation and adjust recreation initiative according to responses of specific community.

2.3. Monitor safety of the group during the recreation initiative.

2.4. Seek feedback from the specific community on the outcomes of the recreation initiative.

3. Review the recreation initiative.

3.1. Assess and evaluate the recreation initiative against planned goals and objectives according to organisational policies and procedures.

3.2. Assess evaluation outcomes and consult with key stakeholders to determine future directions.

Required Skills

Required skills

communication skills to:

consult with the specific community and key stakeholders to identify community characteristics and needs and develop an appropriate recreation initiative

liaise with the specific community to obtain feedback on the effectiveness of the initiative

problem-solving skills to:

design a recreation initiative to meet the specific community's needs

identify and apply strategies to deliver the initiative

make adjustments according to feedback and evaluation outcomes

planning and organisational skills to:

coordinate resources necessary for the recreation initiative

monitor progress of the initiative

teamwork skills to liaise with members of the specific community and other stakeholders in the development of the recreation initiative

language and literacy skills to research, collect, analyse and interpret information about specific communities to effectively plan a recreation initiative.

Required knowledge

legislation and organisational policies and procedures that inform planning and delivery of safe recreation initiatives for specific communities

social, political, cultural and historical issues that affect or are relevant to specific communities and groups to a level required to develop appropriate initiatives

recreation activities and resources required for the initiative within an organisation or specific community

factors that may affect participation in community recreation activities for specific communities.

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

applies the principles and practices of social justice, anti-discrimination, and equal access to community initiatives using communication and delivery strategies appropriate to the specific community

matches recreation initiative with specific community characteristics and needs and with organisational objectives and applies contingency management techniques to address any issues that arise

monitors community participation and adjusts initiative according to community feedback

evaluates effectiveness of initiative and liaises with specific community to identify future directions.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

planning and implementation of community recreation initiatives of sufficient breadth to enable the candidate to demonstrate the use of strategies that support access and participation for specific communities.

access to information on a specific community relevant to the candidate's current or intended work role to enable accurate identification of characteristics and needs

access to resources for the conduct of the specific community recreation initiative

access to key stakeholders

access to relevant documentation such as sources of information about specific communities.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

observation of consultation with a range of specific communities and collection of information to develop strategies to plan, implement and resource a community development initiative

oral or written questioning to assess candidate's knowledge of factors that affect access and participation of people from specific communities

third-party reports from a supervisor detailing candidate's performance.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Characteristics may include:


physical or intellectual characteristics

cultural and situational factors

family structures

level of literacy and numeracy

psychological status.

Specific community may include:

cultural and linguistic diversity

urban rural or remote location

family systems


Key stakeholders may include:

local government authorities

funding agencies

community organisations, clubs and groups

health and welfare agencies.

Barriers to participation may include:







time and resource constraints.

Recreation initiative may include:

recreation, sport and cultural participation activities


promotional activities

educational activities

goals and objectives to meet community needs.

Relevant legislation may include:

occupational health and safety


equal opportunity


working with children

duty of care.

Organisational policies and procedures may include:

occupational health and safety

communication protocols

principles of social justice


Resources may include:





marketing materials

transport and related logistical requirements.

Outcomes may include:

increased participation

retention levels

feelings of inclusiveness.


Community Recreation

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

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