Have you recently become a Board member and don’t know your obligations or responsibilities? Want to make your board meetings shorter and more productive, and your overall board more effective? Worried about the significant penalties and responsibilities on individual directors and fearful you might be at risk?

Many members of not-for-profit and community/school boards believe they don’t have the same legal duties as corporate directors. This is wrong! Board members are obliged to comply with legislative requirements and director’s duties. These legal obligations are not dependent on the size of the organisation, whether you volunteered or hold any Board experience. Indeed, the less experience and knowledge you have the more important you are aware of your obligations and requirements as a new Board member.

Our program is designed to arm your organisation’s decision makers with the tools to identify and avoid or minimise actual, potential and potential ethical and legal risks. Given Board Members can incur personal liability for breach of their fiduciary obligations or for breach of any of their legislative obligations toward their organisation under the Corporations Act and taxation, environmental, OHS and trade practices legislation.



Our training is conducted in a relaxed conversational and interactive style which is designed to get full engagement from participants, whatever their levels of experience and knowledge.

Designed for board members, senior management or individuals aspiring to either, this essential course will provide you the best possible governance processes, structures and practices to support your organisation relevant to its particular circumstances, whilst developing your skills with challenging and interactive case studies and role plays.


  • What is governance?
  • Board Basics: What is a Board and what is a director and what is the relationship with organisational management?
  • Principles and practice of board governance and management: The legal and organisation separation and understanding the financial and legal obligations and risk management essentials for board members.
  • Board Building: What are the functions of a board and the practical tips and tricks to creating and sustaining an effective board/management structure.
  • Boardroom realities: What are the attributes of an excellent board member and how to transform dysfunctional Boards and handling personality differences. Our specialist course provides practical case studies / role play to analyse and resolve legal and ethical board issues in a supportive, collegiate and instructive environment.
  • Risk and Reports: Assessing risk and managing reports.


This full-day course can be delivered onsite at your premises. Prices start from $990 (plus GST) per person with a minimum of 4 people (does not include time spent on materials customisation).

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