Course Title: Establish and maintain strategic networks

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6143

Course Title: Establish and maintain strategic networks

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 40.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Course Contact: Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit covers establishing, expanding and utilising strategic networks. It includes identifying features of required strategic networks, identifying or establishing network links with key stakeholders and building strategic relationships.

In practice, establishing and maintaining strategic networks may overlap with other generalist or specialist public sector work activities such as acting ethically, complying with legislation, applying government systems, managing change, managing diversity, etc.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSPGOV602B Establish and maintain strategic networks


1 . Identify features of required strategic networks

2 . Identify or establish network links with key stakeholders

3 . Build strategic relationships

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Skill Requirements

 Evidence of the ability to: 

◾applying legislation, regulations and policies relating to public sector environment
◾using a range of communication methods with diverse strategic networks including consultation, liaison, negotiation, building influence and reputation, transparency
◾using formal and informal industry communication channels
◾responding to diversity, including gender and disability
◾resolving conflict in a strategic networking context
◾applying procedures relating to occupational health and safety and environment in the context of strategic networking

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must confirm knowledge and understanding of:

  • legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines relating to work in a public sector environment
  • local/national/international public sector structures/protocols
  • industry/professional communication channels and networks
  • principles of interpersonal, group and inter-agency communication
  • principles of conflict resolution in a strategic context
  • equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity principles
  • public sector legislation such as occupational health and safety and environment in the context of strategic networking

In addition to knowledge and skill requirements you will also need to demonstrate:

  • application of Employability Skills as they relate to this unit
  • strategic networks established/maintained in a range of (3 or more) contexts (or occasions, over time)

 Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities associated with building networks and include:

  • organisational policies and procedures for managing networks
  • interaction with others
  • case studies and, where possible, real situations.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.