Course Description

Logistics forms a part of the supply chain process. Logistics is the management function where plans are implemented to control the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information. This usually occurs from the point-of-origin to the point-of-consumption with the intention of meeting customers' demands.

Studying to become a logistics professional could be a pathway to a successful and in-demand career. You’ll provide an invaluable service by overseeing chain management, procurement and purchasing. In the logistics industry you’ll need to be able to integrate key business processes while considering the end user as well as managing the original suppliers.

If you’re seeking to develop your knowledge and skills in supply chain management, this diploma would be suitable if you already have vocational logistics experience but are new to the role of supply chain/purchasing supervisor or manager.

Equally, this course will train you in managing these functions in an organisation if you don’t already have work experience. It includes a selection of units to meet the current industry demands for the logistics sector and has been created in consultation with industry.

If you’re looking for a course that will enhance your employment prospects, then the TLI50415 Diploma of Logistics could provide you with a flexible way of getting the comprehensive skills that you’ll need to find success in the sector.


This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Contract Administrator
  • Contract Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Supply Chain Customer Service Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Warehousing Manager
Course number E1151
Qualification name TLI50415 Diploma of Logistics
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.



Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Foundation Knowledge

  • Access and interpret relevant logistics information 
  • Use knowledge of logistics 
  • Implement demand-driven supply chain management strategy 
  • Manage supply chain
  • Evaluate and improve supply chain effectiveness
  • Identify market
  • Set transport and logistics business unit objectives
  • Collect information for business planning operations
  • Establish resources to achieve objectives
  • Manage business unit performance

Purchasing and Managing Suppliers

  • Determine purchasing objectives
  • Develop purchasing strategies
  • Implement purchasing strategies
  • Evaluate purchasing strategies and implement improvements
  • Assess suppliers and build productive relationships
  • Evaluate delivery of goods and/or services against agreements
  • Negotiate arrangements with suppliers
  • Resolve disagreements with suppliers
  • Review performance of suppliers

Introduction to Global Supply Chain Management

  • Develop and document strategies for international purchasing
  • Implement international purchasing strategies
  • Undertake more complex international purchasing
  • Determine payment strategies
  • Arrange barter or countertrade
  • Determine logistics strategies
  • Evaluate international purchasing strategies and implement identified improvements

Managing a Global Supply Chain

  • Assess security risks
  • Specify security requirements
  • Implement storage security plan
  • Monitor and review storage security plan performance
  • Determine the rate of excise under the Customs Tariff Act
  • Determine any excise conditions and exceptions that apply to the goods
  • Interpret concessional rates of duty according to the Customs Tariff Act
  • Determine duty amount
  • Follow documentation requirements

Contract Management

  • Explain chain of responsibility features in the Heavy Vehicle National Law and regulations or applicable state/territory law and regulations
  • Administer chain of responsibility requirements in the Heavy Vehicle National Law and regulations or applicable state/ territory law and regulations
  • Administer and monitor chain of responsibility workplace policies and procedures
  • Identify and report chain of responsibility breaches
  • Negotiate contract specifics with contractor
  • Complete contract negotiations
  • Complete enterprise contract requirements
  • Confirm contract requirements
  • Establish contract management system
  • Monitor contract
  • Evaluate contract
  • Plan to meet internal and external customer requirements
  • Ensure delivery of quality products/services
  • Monitor, adjust and report customer service

Operations Management

  • Plan and develop operational procedures
  • Monitor the implementation of the operational procedure/s
  • Evaluate the implementation of operational procedures
  • Develop workplace environmental sustainability policy
  • Communicate the policy
  • Implement the policy
  • Review policy implementation
  • Establish risk context
  • Identify risks
  • Analyse risks
  • Select and implement treatments



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Find out more

Meg Molenaar

Over the last 20 years, Meg's career has spanned the areas of procurement, supply chain management, production management and logistics whilst working for a number of global organisations in Melbourne and Adelaide. Many of these roles have taken her overseas in a number of global strategic sourcing and negotiation projects, working with complex procurement and logistics networks. In addition to a Master’s in Business, Meg also has a certification in lean practices, certification in business practices and is in the final semester of a Graduate Diploma in Education. Meg is lucky enough to be currently working as a procurement and logistics manager and in the wine Industry!

You will need to attend a workplace where there is a requirement to comply with chain of responsibility in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and regulations or applicable state/ territory law and regulations. You will need to participate in applying and monitoring workplace policies and procedures relating to chain of responsibility in a supervisory role for a minimum of four weeks. The workplace must provide suitable access to conditions that allow for a demonstration of skill and knowledge in:

  • Methods and requirements to ensure management of fatigue, speed, load restraint, mass and dimension
  • Applying chain of responsibility obligations relating to learners own job role on a minimum of three occasions
  • Applying and monitoring workplace policies and procedures relating to chain of responsibility in a supervisory role for a minimum of four weeks
  • Preparing reports of chain of responsibility breaches on a minimum of three occasions, each about a different type of breach.

The workplace should have access to a range of parties in the chain of responsibility such as:

  • Consignors and consignees
  • Drivers/owner drivers
  • Employers, prime contractors and operators
  • Loaders
  • Loading managers
  • Packers
  • Parties in the extended liability provisions of the HVNL and regulations or applicable state/ territory law and regulations
  • Schedulers

The workplace should have principal obligations relating to chain of responsibility in the HVNL and regulations or applicable state/territory law and regulations including:

  • Consideration of traffic conditions in managing speed and fatigue
  • Extended liability
  • Fatigue, work and rest times
  • Securing loads
  • Vehicle dimension and load limits
  • What constitutes a duty, a reasonable step, a breach and a penalty to chain of responsibility regulations as they apply to a range of job roles
  • Where to locate current chain of responsibility information

You are not required to complete a specific number of Work Placement hours. However, you will need to complete the Work Placement over a four-week period to demonstrate competence over time. This does not need to be completed in a full-time capacity or over consecutive days or weeks.

For example - you may choose to conduct your Work Placement one (1) day a week over a four (4) week period, or alternatively work one (1) day a fortnight across eight (8) weeks. Your Work Placement arrangements are flexible, as long as you can demonstrate evidence that it was completed over a minimum of four (4) weeks.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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