Governance Essentials

This online course explores the fundamentals of governance and directorship. Understand the role of the board, directors and management in a well-run organisation. Whether you are looking to enter the boardroom, a senior manager, or a new director, this course will help you become more effective in your role.
Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

This course is for organisational leaders looking to take the next step in their careers. Course participants will gain a solid understanding of the roles of directors, as well as good governance practices to set their organisation up for success.

We recommend the course for:

  • new directors across all sectors who wish to embed good governance practices at their organisations;
  • aspiring directors seeking to learn about the practice of directorship and governance;
  • senior executives looking to understand the role of the board and improve their interactions with the directors;
  • senior managers who wish to understand broader issues of organisational governance.
Course learnings

What will you learn?

You will learn what you need to know to successfully take your first step into the boardroom. New directors, executives and senior managers will understand how they can most effectively contribute to the good governance of their organisation.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify how you can form effective relationships with other organisational leaders;
  • understand how boards and individual directors fulfil their responsibilities;
  • identify how boards drive organisational strategy;
  • understand the regulatory environment that impacts directors and how this affects the organisation;
  • understand the drivers of board performance.
Course expectations

What can you expect?

Although this is an online course, you won’t be left alone without guidance and support. Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by an online tutor.

Our tutors are experienced company directors. They are selected based on their knowledge of the board environment as well as their ability to engage and connect with participants.

Participants will be part of a cohort learning together over the structured six-week course. Participants are able to review resources and information independently week-by-week, but they’ll also be able to check in with fellow participants to test their assumptions, discuss dilemmas and share experiences.

AICD members gain 10 DPD units for completing the course.

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Course Outline

Below is a week-by-week breakdown of the Governance Essentials course.

Week 1:

  • Governance Overview
  • Director Rights & Liabilities

Week 2:

  • Director Liabilities and Protection

Week 3:

  • Director Selection

Week 4:

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities

Week 5:

  • Board Relationships
  • Board Meetings

Week 6:

  • Measuring Board Performance
  • Case Studies

Why learn with us?


The content

Our programs and courses are designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts. The contemporary content is updated annually and includes case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for today's and tomorrow's directors.

The experienced tutors

With our rigorous selection criteria, we recruit faculty boasting extensive real-world director experience and the ability to create an interactive learning environment.

The cohort of governance participants

You'll spend time connecting with, learning from, and sharing experiences with, a broad range of high-calibre senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving performance (for Online Education courses only).

The recognition

We offer highly-regarded and established governance and directorship programs. By participating, you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance practice, and have the opportunity to earn post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors and are recognised by the wider director community.

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