Certificate IV in Government

National Code: PSP40116
TAFE SA Code: TP00952


This course reflects the role of those who work in the public sector without supervision as they need to be multi-skilled and/or work in small or regionally based organisations.

This course is delivered online.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,496 - $1,591
$2,993 - $3,183
$398 - $592
$796 - $1,184

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Full Fee
$1,591 - $2,368
$3,182 - $4,736

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course the participant will have the skills and knowledge required to work effectively at an operational level within the public service. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and limited responsibilities.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Government (PSP40116)
    When studying this course you will gain skills and knowledge in a range of government processes and policy implementation to comply with legislation. You will understand the values and principles of the public sector including valuing diversity and providing services to clients. Specialist electives are available in a range of fields that can be tailored to specific job roles or business contexts. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 9 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply government processes 30
    Deliver and monitor service to clients 30
    Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector 30
    Support policy implementation 30
    Uphold the values and principles of public service 30
    Value diversity 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Compose complex workplace documents 40
    Deal with conflict 30
    Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements 50
    Lead effective workplace relationships 50
    Lead team effectiveness 50
    Maintain workplace safety 40
    Make a presentation 30
    Manage personal work priorities and professional development 60
    Provide input to change processes 40
    Provide workplace coaching 40
    Provide workplace mentoring 40
    Undertake project work 60
    Use advanced workplace communication strategies 50
    Use resources to achieve work unit goals 30
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