Course Title: Interpret and use legal information

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: HWSS6122C

Course Title: Interpret and use legal information

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling

Course Contact: Jo Wallwork

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3983

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 65

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and interpret specific legislation and regulations to support client service or broader work practice.  This unit does not include the provision of legal advice.  Instead, you will be interpreting legal information when assessing and responding to the immediate and ongoing needs of clients in the context of a strengths-based and client-focused financial counselling model.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLEG002 Interpret and use legal information


E1. Identify legislative framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify legislation that applies to the situation based on client or broader work needs

1.2 Investigate the scope and coverage of the legislation and its relevance to the situation

1.3 Correctly interpret terms and definitions in the legislation

1.4 Seek assistance or clarification from relevant personnel or experts


E2. Interpret legislative provisions and regulations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research legislation and its provisions that apply to the situation

2.2 Correctly interpret the detail of provisions within scope of own role

2.3 Extract and distil information relevant to the situation

2.4 Clearly and accurately document information


E3. Use legal information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Summarise and present relevant legal information in a way that is suited to the client or other audience

3.2 Analyse how legal provisions directly link to the situation

3.3 Identify and respond to challenges presented by the situation and associated legal information

3.4 Clearly communicate options for action and possible outcomes

3.5 Identify situations where referral to legal experts is required and take action accordingly

3.6 Take action that supports achievement of the best possible outcome


E4. Maintain knowledge of legal information

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and use opportunities to maintain knowledge of current and emerging legal information

4.2 Share updated knowledge and information with peers and colleagues

4.3 Pro-actively engage in process of review and improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. By applying these skills and this knowledge you will be able to analyse and use legal information to assist individuals to understand their rights and make informed decisions about financial issues within the context of a strengths-based and client-focused financial counselling model.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class (campus-based and online classroom) activities:

  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • peer teaching
  • group discussion
  • class activities to review discussions/lectures
  • role play activities

Out-of-class activities:

  • independent project-based work online and other research
  • independent study

Teaching Schedule

Workshop 1


Operating within the Australian Legal System

Workshop 2


Operating within the Australian Legal System

Workshop 3


Consumer Law (Consumer Action Legal Centre to present)

Credit Law (Consumer Action Legal Centre to present)

Workshop 4


Bankruptcy (AFSA to present)

Debt recovery through court

Judgement proof

Please note: this outline is a guide to the sessions delivered.  Changes may need to be made to accommodate industry presenters.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through:

  • Knowledge questions 
  • Case studies and written questions


Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks. You should refer to the assessment plan which is available on Canvas for details of each assessment task and for detailed assessment criteria.

Assessment tasks for this course:

  • Assessment task 1: Knowledge questions
  • Assessment task 2: Case study scenario and written questions
  • Assessment task 3: Case study scenario and written questions
  • Assessment task 4: Case study scenario and written questions

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available with the assessment tasks on Canvas.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

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