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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply South African legislation and policy affecting public administration 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120307  Apply South African legislation and policy affecting public administration 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Administration 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will be useful to learners who are elected political leaders and public sector officials involved with the service delivery activities that require the use of public assets to render services to the communities. It is also useful to South Africa's public officials and political executives, strategic executive managers and other role-players. This Unit Standard will enable learners to gain knowledge and skills in policy analysis and review as well as in the development of relevant legislation and policy affecting public administration.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Applying financial management techniques in the implementation of sector specific policy programmes.
  • Explaining the structures of public policy making in the South Africa context.
  • Apply legislation to promote public sector management.
  • Analyse factors affecting policy-making.
  • Apply principles of good governance and ethical behaviour within a public sector setting. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the Learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.

    It is recommended that learners are competent in Economics at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The typical scope of this Unit Standard includes conducting policy analysis and review of legislation affecting public administration and management.
  • The scope includes the regulations and legislation pertaining to public sector management.
  • The context includes international accepted programme formulation guidelines and governance principles. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply financial management techniques in the implementation of sector specific policy programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of expenditure are defined and distinguished according to policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Various role-players are identified who are typically involved in deciding the overall levels of expenditure for sector specific policy programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanisms and processes are defined and evaluated for deciding the overall levels of expenditure at local government level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Challenges are analysed in terms of achieving sound financial management for sector specific policy programmes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explaining the structures of public policy-making in the South Africa context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various models of constitutional forms are discussed to identify the nature of the South African Constitution and the roles played by different stakeholder in public policy-making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of courts in contractual law matters is explained in relation to public policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The structure and workings of the public sector activities are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The structure and the working of different organs of central government are described with reference to parliament, cabinet and national departments functions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply legislation to promote public sector management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The notion of developmental government is explained in the South Africa context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The link between outputs, outcomes and measurable objectives are explained in the context of public financial management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of efficiency, economy and effectiveness are defined in the context of public sector management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of good-quality and timely information is defined in terms of sound financial management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Capacity requirements for implementation of policy and legislative instruments are defined to comply with legislation on public financial management. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse factors affecting policy-making in the relevant sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Macro-economic principles are analysed in terms of their impact on public policy-making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Socio-economic factors and concepts are analysed in terms of their impact on policy choices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Previous policies are reviewed to determine how policies were developed and compiled. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply principles of good governance and ethical behaviour within a public sector setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts of political and managerial accountability and separation of responsibilities are defined and applied to the implementation of a sector specific policy programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concepts of accountability, transparency, integrity and ethics are discussed and applied to the implementation of a sector specific policy programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principle of participatory governance is explained with reference to setting new policy instruments. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Theoretical models of policy making in public and private sectors.
  • The process of policy making in South Africa.
  • The principles of governance and ethical behaviour within the public sector.
  • Public sector legislation and policies.
  • National, provincial and local government processes and structures.
  • Policy design processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes, e.g. by trying to find the best possible policy analysis options. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community in order to work with others regarding policy analysis issues and fostering team commitment amongst all stakeholders involved in the process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively, through the demonstration of ethical and moral principles in all policy analysis processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to effectively research all possible policy options and present conclusions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to advise and motivate others with regard to policy analysis options. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others and use appropriate computer software for data capturing and document storage purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that policy formulation and public sector legislative problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation and that implementation of policy effects the well being of not only the public sector, but the country as a whole. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by acting as custodian of ethical behaviour and maintaining a high level of commitment in providing effective policy analysis. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Articulation Possibilities:

    This Unit Standard will enable a learner to articulate to other qualifications in Financial Management, Financial Services, Business Administration, Public Finance Management and Administration, Municipal Finance Management and Administration. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57824   Further Education and Training Certificate: Public Administration  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  50060   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  67460   National Diploma: Public Administration  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  66089   National Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  57712   Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  57805   National Certificate: Public Sector Employment and Skills Development Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.