Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6164 Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 60

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

Course Contact: Theresa Lyford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5444

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to make decisions, particularly those relating to compliance issues, in a legal context. It is intended to satisfy the requirement for a course of study in commercial law at an introductory or foundation level, covering Australian legal systems and processes.

It applies to individuals who, within the scope of own responsibility, use specialised knowledge to make decisions that require consideration of the legal context.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC413 Make decisions in a legal context


1. Examine legal context of financial services work

2. Identify compliance requirements of financial services work

3. Develop compliance procedures

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • access information on legislation, statutes, regulations, and legal precedents related to operational decisions
  • interpret impact of legislation, statutes, regulations and legal precedents on operational decisions regarding compliance requirements
  • review, and assist in developing, organisational procedures to meet compliance requirements.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge to effectively complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, and to manage tasks and reasonably foreseeable contingencies in the context of the work role.

  • Key features of Australian legal systems and processes, and the context in which they operate, including:
  • basic principles, current statute and common law
  • roles and responsibilities of key organisations
  • constitutional considerations
  • separation of powers
  • basic principles of the law of torts, particularly relating to:
  • negligence
  • negligent misstatement
  • courts and regulatory bodies
  • Key features of current legislation and its general impact on business operations in the areas of:
  • consumer law
  • contract law
  • corporations law, including different business organisational structures and regulations for:
  • public and private companies
  • trusts
  • partnerships
  • sole traders
  • property law
  • superannuation law
  • taxation law
  • Key decisions in case law and findings

Assessment Conditions

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

  • office equipment, technology, software and consumables required to access information on Australian legal systems and processes, including:
  • access to the internet
  • legislative and regulatory documentation required for decision making in own role.             

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.