The Board and the Company Secretary

Understanding the relationship between the board and company secretary is crucial to the performance of your organisation and in facilitating good business governance.

This course explores the issues that affect the board–company secretary dynamic and provides you with practical tools to better support your board.

Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable for:

  • All directors, board members or company secretaries looking to gain a greater understanding of the company secretary role in supporting the board and the organisation.


Course learnings

What will you learn?

This online course covers the key aspects of the board–company secretary relationship, including the legal responsibilities, corporate governance obligations and how the company secretary role can best support the board. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the company secretary’s responsibilities in supporting the board and CEO
  • Define the company secretary’s specific duties, tasks and accountabilities
  • Identify the company secretary’s legal responsibilities
  • Recognise the company secretary’s key internal and external relationships
  • Recognise the critical role the company secretary plays in meeting an organisation’s corporate governance obligations

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 Board and the Company Secretary course.

Week 1:

  • Governance Overview
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities

Week 2:

  • The Position and the Role of a Company Secretary

Week 3:

  • Company Secretary Appointment and Relationships

Week 4:

  • Legal Duties and Responsibilities of a Company Secretary
  • 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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