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 program is suitable for:

  • New and practising directors seeking to refresh their understanding of the essentials of good governance
  • Senior executives seeking to enhance their knowledge of the function of the board
  • Established boards with recently appointed directors


Course learnings

What will you learn?

Participants gain an up-to-date analysis of the roles and responsibilities of the board and executive team. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the role and key functions of the board and its directors
  • Describe the key duties and responsibilities of directors
  • Explain how the board fulfils its primary functions
  • Identify the regulatory framework in which boards operate
  • Review board meeting protocols and procedures
  • Realise the importance of key performance measures for the board and directors
  • Understand the liabilities of directors and their related protections


Course expectations

What can you expect?

Our flexible online courses fit into your busy schedule and feature the same expert guidance and support as our face-to-face sessions. Our online tutors are experienced company directors, selected for their extensive knowledge of the board environment and their ability to engage and connect with participants.

Participants will:

  • Be part of a cohort learning together over the structured four-week course
  • Review resources and information independently week-by-week
  • Check in with fellow participants to test their assumptions, discuss dilemmas and share experiences using online discussion forums
  • Access support from an online tutor on our online discussion forums and two live (and recorded) virtual classrooms
  • Be required to spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours per week reviewing materials and participating in course activities
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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
  • Director Selection

Week 3:

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Board Relationships
  • Board Meetings

Week 4:

  • Measuring Board Performance
  • Case Studies


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The pricing for this course is as follows.

Member: $475.00

Non-member: $570.00

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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