This unit covers the development, engagement and leadership of communities by council officers and elected members. It addresses the skills involved in the strategic development of community directions and programs and the ongoing involvement of residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the work of council. It is appropriate for elected members, CEOs and other senior managers of councils.

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in councils of all sizes. Knowledge of the legislation and regulations that provide the boundaries for the operation of councils is essential. The unique nature of councils, as a tier of government, directed by elected members and reflecting the needs of local communities must be appropriately reflected.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - high-level communication skills, including the capacity to engage community members in planning processes and negotiate successful and mutually satisfactory outcomes; - high-level research and analytical skills in relation to management accounting and finance; - application of decision-making strategies to a range of business scenarios; - strategic and operational planning, and; - reporting.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - local government framework (policies and practices) for engaging communities, including key stakeholders; - operational capacity and resourcing of the council to support development project; - human, economic, social, environmental and physical resource capacity of the community, and; - available external funding sources to provide potential support for community projects.

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