Upcoming Webinars

Essential Director Update for Not-for-profits

The Essential Director Update is our largest annual complimentary event for members. This year we are providing a dedicated webinar focusing on the major changes for not-for-profit directors in 2018.

Member complimentary

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 14:00PM AEDT (45 minutes)

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Subsidiary Boards: navigating the pitfalls and complexities

Do you fully understand the potential risks, challenges, cultural implications and complexities of effective governance when sitting on a subsidiary board that crosses multiple jurisdictions?

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:00PM AEDT (60 minutes)

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A Macroeconomic Outlook for 2019

This webinar will cover global and domestic trends, outlooks and risks and the implications for the business sector.

Member complimentary

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 12:00PM AEDT (45 minutes)

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Effective Governance of a Co-operative or Mutual Enterprise (CME)

Whether you are considering becoming a nominee member director seeking election, or are an experienced member/ independent director joining a CME board with definitive expectations of your unique contribution, this webinar will provide valuable insights, resources and tools for your CME director career.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 12:00PM AEDT (60 minutes)

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Financial Services Royal Commission final report— Governance insights

The Royal Commission has put governance and accountability firmly in the public spotlight. In this session, we explore the key governance themes in Commissioner Hayne’s final report, including any proposals for reform and implications for directors.

Member complimentary

Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 14:00PM AEDT (60 minutes)

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Getting your board Asia capable

This is the Asian century — Asia now accounts for over 41 per cent of world GDP, bigger than the whole of the EU and North America. Australian directors are challenged by a rapidly urbanising, modernising, innovating and fast changing Asia right at our doorsteps. Is your board Asia ready?

Wednesday, 7 February 2019, 14:00PM AEDT (60 minutes)

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Areas of focus for super trustee governance

Are trustees on top of their governance requirements, frameworks and processes? Join this webinar to ensure you are abreast of the latest regulatory focus areas.

Tuesday, 13 February 2019, 12:00PM AEDT (60 minutes)

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What is good financial governance for SMEs?

This webinar will examine how good financial governance is derived from your knowledge of your SME business.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 12:00PM AEDT (60 minutes)

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Webinars on Demand

Below is a list of our webinar recordings available to view at your own leisure.


Topics to improve your board and board committee performance.

School Board Update - Governing to protect children

Designed specifically for school board directors and those who report to school boards, this session explores good governance for protecting children. This session draws on the findings and recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as well as challenges such as social media and bullying.

Raising standards, not eyebrows: Why ethics in governance is more important than ever

Boards need to be able to ‘sniff the smoke’ before they see the fire. Using an ethics lens, this session will draw on lessons learnt from a range of public sector inquiries to understand how bringing ethics into the centre of governance decision-making strengthens and protects business.

Changes to NFP Accounting Standards — What directors need to know

Understand the impact of the three (revenue, leases and contributions) significant, upcoming changes to Australian financial reporting standards on the NFP sector and know what questions you should be asking now.

Governance for boards in the aged care sector

This session explores good governance for protecting vulnerable people in the aged care sector. This webinar considers duty of care as well as the different forms of elder abuse and steps a board should take to deliver on community expectations for protecting older people.

First Among Equals — The role of the chair

This webinar will cover the chair’s responsibilities underlining the balancing act that is required between leadership and collegiality. It will also highlight the importance of this position in the organisation’s quest for good governance and sustainability.

Board Committees series

This three part series will explore board committees in detail. Starting from the foundations of when and why to set up, to focusing on a few common committees, and lastly evaluating ways to achieve a high performing committee. This is targeted at both new committee members and aspiring directors, to those who want a refresher.

Building the right foundations (Part 1)

This webinar will cover the basics of forming a board committee. A general overview of a committee plus when to, why, and what is required by law.

In-Depth Look at Different Types of Committees (Part 2)

An in-depth look at different types of committees including risk and audit, remuneration and nominations, governance and fundraising. It will also discuss new types of committees that add value to organisations. It will focus on their role and running them, including good practice guidelines unique to that type of committee.

Performance for Excellence (Part 3)

Performance for excellence will analyse board committees, discussing effective ways to deal with everyday logistics and challenges that can lead to an elevated committee performance. It will include evaluation, challenges and how to overcome them, as well as tools for effectively running meetings and minutes; and lastly when to disband.

The Role of the Not-for-profit Director

This introductory session outlines the duties and responsibilities of a director with specific focus on the not-for-profit sector.

Notifiable Data Breaches Act 2017 and its implication on Privacy Governance

Understand the connections between privacy and security. Know what the repercussions are personally and organisationally if you fail to plan for new requirements of the Privacy Amendment Act 2017 (NDB Act)

Why directors should be measuring and managing culture

Culture is the hidden force governing everything that happens in your organisation. You've either got it - or it's got you! Learn the importance of organisational culture, its role in delivering sustainable performance and the questions directors need to be asking to assess culture.

Developing Your Director Career Series

This series will help you 'get fit' for the task of finding board roles, through understanding the landscape, your boardroom value proposition and the questions to ask before joining a new board. Purchase the five part webinar series and receive a 20% discount.

Part 1 - The art and science of board recruitment

Demand for directors is growing. However tightening regulatory demands and community expectations mean it can take several years to snare the first board seat. This session will examine the drivers of board recruitment from the point of view of boards, and arm you with an practical action plan to champion the board recruitment process

Part 2 - Matching your value proposition to boards

An important mindset for approaching a boardroom career is understanding why a board might want you. Until you can articulate for yourself what you can add, no-one else will be able to understand it. This session will help give you the tools to translate your skills into a value proposition.

Part 3 - Crafting your board-ready brand

Developing a board-ready CV -like your 'elevator pitch' - is critical preparation for your director career. Your CV must answer the most crucial question that a board will ask, 'Why should we appoint you to our board?' This session will cover key elements of developing a good board-ready CV and getting noticed.

Part 4 - Boardroom opportunity quantitative due diligence

Should you undertake due diligence board enquiries before you are interviewed, or wait until you are offered a position? This session will discuss when to start your investigations, and what you should consider when doing so.

Part 5 - Boardroom opportunity and ongoing qualitative due diligence

Both before and after you join a board it is important to keep a close eye on your continuing 'fit' and appropriateness for the board. Understand what qualitative factors you should consider when assessing your decision to join a board and your ongoing fit in the business.

Getting the most out of your board evaluations

How and why should boards evaluate themselves? A step-by-step guide to board evaluation and the benefits that can be reaped through a well-focused performance review.

Hosted by James Beck, and Geoff Kiel who facilitate the course ‘the strategic board’. They have now co-authored the AICD book ‘reviewing your board’ Now available for purchase from the bookstore .

School Board Governance Series

Designed specifically for school board directors and those who report to school boards.

Part 1 - The role of the school board director

Designed specifically for school board directors, and those who report to school boards, this session explores the duties and responsibilities of the school board director and the characteristics of an effective school board.

Part 2 - Strategy for school boards

Designed specifically for school board directors and those who report to school boards, this session explores the board's role in setting and monitoring school strategy and strategic decision making.

Part 3 - Risk oversight for school boards

Designed specifically for school board directors and those who report to school boards, this session explores the board's role in setting risk appetite, addressing strategic risk and overseeing a school's risk structure and framework.

Effective media engagement for directors

Like it or not, reputations can be made or destroyed in an instant when dealing with the media. This session aims to demystify the media and provide insight into how to effectively engage with the 'fourth estate'.

Tone from the Top webinar series

Part 1 - The impact of positive conversation on director decision making

How do directors set the tone from the top? Every statement a director makes, both verbal and written, has an intent and an impact. Learn how to make that impact a positive one.

Part 2 - Using positive language to manage difficult conversations

Words have an impact on brain power and, in turn, on behaviour. This webinar will help you choose the right words and improve your ability to influence in difficult boardroom situations.

Turnaround Fundamentals: Preparing to be an effective director during the tough times

A board is only as effective as its ability to steer the ship through stormy conditions. Is your board equipped with the right knowledge and skills to keep the company afloat and allow it to prosper into the long term, in the event of financially challenging times?

Getting Started as a Director: Key considerations before accepting your first appointment

Demand for directors is growing. However tightening regulatory demands and community expectations mean it has never been more important to exercise caution when seeking and accepting a board position.This session will arm aspiring board members with the tools to build a practical action plan for building a board portfolio.

Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Control Framework for Directors

An overview of what directors need to be mindful of to mitigate fraud, bribery and corruption risks, and in turn avoid the sort of financial and/or reputation harm to your business which we see regularly in the media.

New Accounting Standards - Top questions directors need to ask now

Do you know what your director obligations are? Understand what impact the three significant upcoming changes to Australian financial reporting standards will have on your business and know what questions you should be asking now.

Staying Protected – Understanding your D&O insurance

The role of a director can be a rewarding one. What happens however when things go wrong? What do you need to know? Most importantly, will the D&O insurance be there for you when you need it most?

Financial Essentials for Not-for-Profit Directors Series

The ability to effectively analyse financial statements is an essential requirement of all not-for-profit directors. However, it is an area where many directors feel the least comfortable. This webinar will focus on director essential knowledge and incorporating an Accounting Standard update.

Part 1 - Overview of ACNC requirements, financial statements and managing debtors

Part 2 - Key ratios in financial statement analysis and common red flags

Informing the board - the power of effective board reports

What do board members look for in board papers? This webinar uncovers board and management reporting best practice such as a tips on effective board papers, and avoiding common mistakes.

Adding Value - The Role of the Audit Committee

The why, what and how of Audit Committees - a must for new or aspiring directors or a refresher for existing members.

Directors’ Duties: Annual Financial Reporting Considerations for Directors

The end of the financial year brings with it significant responsibilities for directors, these include understanding the areas of focus by regulators and what questions you might receive from auditors.

Evaluating Board Finances Series

It is essential every director has sufficient financial literacy to be able to understand and interpret the financial information presented to them. This series will use real company financials to analyse interpret and question information using easy tools and visual dashboards

Part 1 - Interpret, analyse and question financial statements

Part 2 - Financial Ratios and Dashboards – Key tools in assessing trends

Innovation and diversity - creating breakthrough ideas and smarter decisions

To coincide with the launch of her book 'Which two heads are better than one?' We invite you to join Juliet Bourke as she discusses her research findings.

Strategy and Risk

Strategy and Risk

Gain a strategic edge through effective treatment of emerging risks such as cybersecurity, social media, privacy and disruption.

Mergers for NFPs in the face of NDIS disruption

Almost two thirds of directors of disability organisations stated that they had discussed the possibility of a merger in the past 12 months. This webinar will take you through key factors boards are facing due to a fundamental change of their business models.

The Board's Role in Cyber Risk Oversight

Cyber security is a whole of organisation risk issue. Do you know the right questions to ask to be sure you are mitigating all exposures? Join this webinar to understand your duties and ensure you are fostering a cyber culture from within and outside of your organisation.

IP Asset Governance — Assessing and protecting your data, technology and brand

In today's digital 'intangible' era, intellectual property assets such as technology, data and brands are king. Yet most boards receive little meaningful IP reporting. This session illustrates risks resulting from poor governance of IP assets, and outlines effective remedies.

Reputation - the greatest asset and the greatest risk of all

Reputational risk is currently front and centre in the media. There is a tectonic shift in director expectations in the areas of brand integrity, community expectation and social license that need to be at the forefront for any professional non-executive director.

Crisis Management Series

Part 1 - Preparing for a crisis

Any sudden event that threatens a company's financial performance, reputation or stakeholder relations has the potential to morph into a crisis. The difference between companies that recover from a crisis and those that don't is their readiness. This session will help you prevent and prepare for a crisis in your organisation.

Part 2 - Dealing with a crisis situation

Any sudden event that threatens a company's financial performance, reputation or stakeholder relations has the potential to morph into a crisis. This session will impart the tools, processes and capabilities to deal with a crisis.

Strategy and Risk for SMEs Series

This is a two part webinar series which will look at strategy and risk through the eyes of a small to medium business director. We will examine the key challenges in developing and monitoring the implementation of strategy and risk management systems with constrained resources, as well as the common risks encountered in this sector and how to measure and monitor them.

To whom are directors duties owed? The 21st Edition of Directors Duties and Responsibilities

Join Professor Robert Baxt AO to discuss the 21st Edition of Directors Duties and Responsibilities.

Information Technology

Information Technology

IT governance boardroom essentials, including how to prepare for disruption and social media strategy.

Lessons Learned: Strategic responses to disruption

Learn from others on what key identifiers to look for, insight into addressing disruption and strategic responses that lead can to a positive outcome. The webinar will analyse a number of mainly Australian SMEs and how they dealt with this disruption.

The Innovation Gap - What is stopping innovation from working in established organisations?

Innovation expert, Peter Bradd, will outline the most common reasons innovation stumbles inside established organisations and proven solutions recognised innovators have put into place to close the gap.

Cybersecurity and Director's Duties

The changing face of cybersecurity and its growing relationship to directors' regulatory and fiduciary duties.


Complimentary (for members)

Member only content including the Essential Director Update.

Australian Women CEOs Speak - How organisations can ensure female leaders rise

The scarcity of women in executive roles means the pipeline to CEO and director roles is too narrow. This webinar will shed light on the issue and explore pathways to combat the status quo.

The Essential Director Update 2018

The Essential Director Update is our largest complimentary event for members. It is your annual update which informs you on the ever-changing governance, regulatory and legislative environments that affect your director duties and responsibilities.

Financial Services Royal Commission Update – Governance insights

The Royal Commission has put governance and accountability firmly in the public spotlight. In this session, we explore the key governance themes emerging from the interim report including Commissioner Hayne's proposals for reform.

Not-for-profit 2018 Governance Study Results Update

This webinar will examine critical issues facing Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector uncovered by this year’s NFP survey

Directors' Regulatory Update

Recent and upcoming changes including learnings from the APRA CBA report, whistleblowing procedures, modern slavery reforms, Hayne Royal Commission, deferred prosecution agreement and new foreign bribery laws will all have a material impact for Australian boards. Amidst this changing regulatory landscape, it is critical that directors understand their evolving responsibilities under the law.   

The Impact of Climate Change on Board Decisions on Risk and Strategy

Are you aware of your liability as a director in not addressing the foreseeable risks of climate change? Are your companies and organisations ahead of the game or lagging behind? This webinar will help you understand your liability and the board’s role in communicating to stakeholders.