Unit of competency: BSBFIN501 - Manage budgets and financial plans


Retrieved from: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSBFIN501 20/01/21

Modification History



Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 7.0.



This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management in an organisation or work area. It includes planning and implementing financial management approaches and supporting and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes.

The unit applies to managers in a wide range of organisations and sectors who have responsibility for the effective use of financial resources within work teams. They are responsible for ensuring that financial resources are managed in line with the financial objectives of the team and organisation.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Business Competence – Financial Literacy


Elements and Performance Criteria




Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Plan financial management approaches

1.1 Access budget and financial plans for work team

1.2 Evaluate budget and financial plan outcomes with required organisational personnel

1.3 Negotiate any changes required to be made to budget and financial plans with required organisational personnel

1.4 Prepare contingency plans in the event that initial plans need to be varied

2. Implement and monitor financial management plans

2.1 Communicate details of agreed budget and financial plans to relevant team members

2.2 Support team members to access resources and systems to perform required roles

2.3 Implement processes to monitor actual expenditure, control costs and modify contingency plans as required according to financial objectives

2.4 Report on budget and expenditure according to organisational protocols

3. Review and evaluate financial management plans

3.1 Collect information on effectiveness of financial management processes within work team

3.2 Analyse variance between actual and budgeted finances

3.3 Identify and recommend improvements to existing financial management processes

3.4 Implement agreed improvements according to financial objectives of work team and organisation

3.5 Evaluate agreed improvements

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.




  • Uses a wide range of mathematical calculations to analyse numeric information in budgets or financial plans

Oral communication

  • Presents information about financial issues and requirements to a range of audiences using structure and language to suit audience
  • Uses active listening and questioning to clarify information and to confirm understanding


  • Interprets and analyses information to determine activities required


  • Records information in correct forms and prepares materials which convey detailed and factual content according to internal procedures


  • Uses a range of strategies to connect, collaborate and cooperate with other work colleagues in activities requiring collective effort and diverse skills and knowledge

Initiative and enterprise

  • Applies organisational requirements in undertaking own work

Planning and organising

  • Uses logical processes in planning, implementing and evaluating complex tasks and developing alternative strategies to achieve goals and timelines
  • Uses a range of digital technologies to access, filter, compile, integrate and logically present complex information from multiple sources


 Unit Mapping Information

 Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans.

Supersedes but is not equivalent to BSBGOV403 Analyse financial reports and budgets.

Assessment requirements

Modification History



Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 7.0.


Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including evidence of the ability to:

  • manage the budget and financial plan of an organisation for one reporting period.

In the course of the above, the candidate must:

  • communicate with relevant people to clarify budget and financial plans, negotiate changes and disseminate information
  • prepare, implement and modify financial contingency plans
  • monitor expenditure and control costs
  • support and monitor team members
  • report on budget and expenditure
  • review and make recommendations for improvements to financial processes
  • meet record-keeping requirements for Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and for auditing purposes.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including knowledge of:

  • basic accounting principles
  • types of budgets and financial plans
  • legislation and current ATO requirements, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • key requirements for financial record keeping and auditing
  • principles for managing work teams
  • principles and techniques involved in managing:
  1. budgeting
  2. cash flows
  3. electronic spreadsheets
  4. Goods and Services Tax
  5. ledgers and financial statements
  6. profit and loss statements
  7. evaluation of budget and financial plans.

Assessment Conditions

Skills in this unit must be demonstrated in a workplace or simulated environment where the conditions are typical of those in a working environment in this industry.

This includes access to:

  • workplace policies and procedures
  • workplace budgets and financial plans.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.


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