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Governance Training for Organisations (1.5-day course)

Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (online delivery)

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Learn more about contemporary issues in arts governance at our free monthly webinar series, Governance Conversations, programmed in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia. The series will explore practical aspects of governing arts and creative industries organisations, innovative approaches, and share best practice models for ensuring diversity and cultural safety.

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About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Course.

This 1.5-day course, to be delivered online, will provide participants with an understanding of fundamental compliance and performance related roles and responsibilities of not-for-profit directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, strategy and financial performance.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors, Artistic Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the board secretariat) from small-to-medium arts organisations. It is aimed at those with no formal board governance training in the first few years of their board role.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.

  • Examine the duties and responsibilities of directors in not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.
  • Outline the role of the regulatory authorities in the NFP sector.
  • Compare the role of directors in NFP organisations with the role of directors in the commercial sector.
  • Explain the role of the board in developing strategy.
  • Establish the link between strategy and risk management, risk culture and effective leadership.
  • Explain the major elements of the financial statements and the linkages between the financial statements.
  • Identify a director’s duties with regard to an organisation’s financial statements and financial reports.
  • Discuss the board’s role in improving financial performance.

The program consists of three half-day courses:

  • Duties and Responsibilities of the Not-for-Profit Director
  • Strategy and Risk for the Not-for-Profit Director
  • Finance for the Not-for-Profit Director

This program has a length of 1.5 days with further time allocated for completing the pre-coursework (approximately one day in duration). To support the learning within this program, participants who enrol in the program also receive a recording of The Role of the Not-for-Profit Director webinar and access to the Interpreting Financial Statements eLearning course.

Access to the pre-coursework will be available three weeks prior to the course date. Participants are required to complete this in preparation before attending the online classroom sessions.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors, Artistic Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well a staff acting as the Board secretariat) from small-to-medium arts organisations
  • Organisations who do not receive Multi-year Investment from Australia Council
  • CEOs, Executive Directors, Artistic Directors and General Managers or those in the first 5 years of their tenure with no formal governance training.

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based arts organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you receive Multi-year Investment via Four Year Funding, Visual Arts and Craft Strategy or National Performing Arts Partnership Framework
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

If you are an individual not currently on a board you may be eligible for the Governance Training for Individuals opportunity.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

We are supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course.

Alternatively, organisations seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email

Organisations can nominate 1 person to attend the course.

Multi-year Investment organisations can request an additional second place in the course. A second place is subject to applicable costs and availability. See above under “How much does it cost” for more.

NPAPF organisations must nominate 1 executive staff member and 1 board member to attend the training, and will be required to cover the full cost of the second place in the course. See above under “How much does it cost” for more.

Please also note the information about the staff and board members who are eligible to attend the course under “Eligibility”.

We are working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each online facilitation session will be made available to participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for the two days of the course and have capacity to undertake a full day of pre-reading and preparation in the three weeks leading up to the course date.

During the two days of the online teaching the hours will be:

  • Day 1: 11am-6:30pm (AEDT)
  • Day 2: 11am-2:30pm (AEDT)

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email or call +61 2 9215 9058.