Course Title: Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6164 Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Title: Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 80

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

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Theresa Lyford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925444

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to read and interpret a legal document and provide advice to a conveyancing client within a range of contexts and environments. It encompasses defining the nature and function of the document in the transaction and advising the client about their rights, obligations and alternative courses of action, if required.

It applies to individuals who apply specialised knowledge and pay close attention to detail when interpreting and analysing complex legal documentation and providing advice to others.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the BSB Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCNV502 Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice


1 Define nature of document

10 Document advice

2 Identify relevant legal principles

3 Identify interests of client

4 Check document for accuracy

5 Examine document

6 Evaluate issues

7 Advise client

8 Clarify instructions

9 Attending to signing the document

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • review and interpret legal documents correctly and explain meanings and implications to clients
  • compare legal requirements with client instructions
  • prepare relevant, accurate and timely written and/or verbal advice to clients
  • oversee a legal document signing
  • maintain accurate and thorough records.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • identify and explain key business principles and law applicable to reading and interpreting legal documents and transactions, including legislative and general law (common law and equity) principles
  • identify and explain types of:
  • transactions for personal, business or real estate conveyancing
  • contracts and other documents used in conveyancing
  • identify and explain key current legislative, regulatory and industry practices, procedures and services
  • identify and describe key insurance requirements relevant to a conveyancing transaction
  • explain, using simple vocabulary, a range of:
  • words, phrases and terms of conditions
  • professional and industry terminology
  • particular words or terms that could cause problems (e.g. shall/may/must/will)
  • identify and describe key policies, procedures and business requirements of the practice
  • identify and apply relevant consumer protection compliance
  • identify, describe and apply rules and procedures:
  • precedents and statutory forms
  • construction and interpretation of documents.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the conveyancing field of work and include access to:

  • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • suitable assessment records showing the preparation of a variety of legal documents to support a conveyancing transaction.

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.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.