Unit Leader

Position Description

Primary Position Title:    Unit Leader

Appointed by and reports to:    District Manager or equivalent

Key Relationships:

  • Youth member
  • Unit Leaders, Assistant Unit Leaders and Unit Helpers in own Unit
  • Parents and wider community
  • District and Region teams

Terms of Appointment:    In accordance with State policy

Primary purpose of the position:    Provide effective leadership of the Unit in order to deliver a high quality Australian Guide Program to youth member in a safe environment.


1. Being Part of Guiding in Australia
  • Help and support other members of the Unit team.
  • Share skills, knowledge and resources with other Leaders, Unit Helpers and youth members.
  • Build collaboration relationship with other Leader/Managers in the Unit/District/Region teams.
  • Support new Leaders in the District and sign off Leadership Qualification Passport activities as appropriate.
2. Delivering the Australian Guide Program
  • Facilitate youth members to develop and implement an effective and well-balanced program relevant to their needs and interest.
  • Support youth members to further their understanding and application of the Promise and Law.
  • Encourage youth members to progress in the Australian Guide Program.
  • Provide opportunities for youth members to develop and use their leadership skills.
  • Facilitate self-government in the Unit, enabling decisions to be made in a democratic manner.
3. Being a Leader of your Unit
  • Take responsibility and accountability for all decisions, activities and matters involving the Unit.
  • Promote Guiding in local community.
  • Build relationships and communicate effectively with stakeholders in the community.
  • Grow youth membership and optimise retention of members.
  • Encourage and support other adults to become involved as Leaders or in other roles.
4. Being Safe
  • Take responsibility for the health and safety of all members and other adults associated with the Unit.
  • Comply with obligations under the relevant national and state Work Health and Safety Acts.
  • Comply with Girl Guides Australia/State Girl Guides Organisation policy and procedures.
  • Undertake risk assessments and manage risk on an ongoing basis.
5. Managing your Unit
  • Follow current Girl Guides Australia or State Girl Guides Organisation policies and procedures.
  • Maintain appropriate Unit records.
  • Deal promptly with all correspondence.
  • Report on Unit activities as required.
  • Ensure accurate financial records are maintained.
  • Complete annual audit requirements.
  • Maintain equipment and/or property in good working order.
  • Lead the Unit Leadership team (with any other Unit Leaders) in a way which utilises the talents of all and fosters an environment of continual learning.


Requirements of appointment to the position
  • Member of State Girl Guide Organisation.
  • Hold a Leadership Qualification as a Unit Leader.
  • Satisfactory Police and Working with Children checks as required by State Legislation.
  • First Aid Statement of Attainment – ‘Provide Basic Emergency Life Support’ (includes CPR).
  • Acceptance of Girl Guides Australia Code of Conduct.
Capabilities and personal attributes
  • Commitment to the principles of Guiding and willingness to make or renew the Guide Promise.
  • Commitment to girls/young women and their development.
  • Ability to be a positive role model.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and to bring out the best in them.
  • Sound planning and organising skills.
  • Effective communication skills both one on one and in groups.
  • Capacity and time to undertake the role.
Ongoing requirements
  • Commitment to the Promise and Law.
  • Compliance with the Girl Guides Australia Code of Conduct
  • Commitment to ongoing self-development and learning.
  • Wearing of the Guide uniform.
  • Annual refreshment of CPR component of ‘Provide Basic Emergency Life Support’
Appointment review
  • “New to Role” Review completed with District Manager six months following appointment.
  • Role currency checks (including First Aid) as required.
  • Participation in Annual Role Review as required.

Last Modified: 17/02/21 at 7:41 AM