Not-for-profit governance

Governance and risk management solution for not-for-profit organisations

Governance Institute of Australia offers a number of products and services tailored for not-for-profit (NFP) organisations to help improve standards and efficiency within the sector and empower organisations to operate successfully in today's business environment.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the governance and administration of NFP organisations, as highlighted by various inquiries and reports examining the sector and changes to the regulatory regime.

Ensuring the practice of good governance is Governance Institute's core focus and business. As the provider of the best education, training, intellectual capital and support in governance and risk management, we can actively assist NFP organisations to drive responsible performance.

A range of solutions are available specifically for NFP organisations.

Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits

Our Governance Institute-accredited, open-entry certificate supplements our existing range of Certificates and specialist short courses, and features five courses specifically designed to address NFP governance, risk and compliance issues.

Completion of the Certificate leads to Certificated membership of Governance Institute of Australia, providing ongoing learning and support opportunities for both staff and Directors of NFP organisations.

Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance

The industry standard, higher-education accredited Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance provides in-depth understanding of good governance principles for those performing or wishing to assume senior roles, or to ensure any organisation maintains sound governance practices.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma meets the educational requirement for Associate membership of Governance Institute of Australia.

Complimentary governance volunteer advertising service

NFPs needing long-term or ongoing governance services, for example a volunteer company secretary or board directors, can list their requirements free of charge on Governance Institute's website. Interested Governance Institute members can contact the NFP directly to offer support.

Good Governance Guides — NFP sector

Governance Institute has prepared a series of Good Governance Guides in governance and risk management specific to the NFP sector. These Guides comprise practice that, in our view, constitutes good governance in a range of situations. View the NFP Good Governance Guides.

Governance Institute subscriber program and monthly professional journal

If you want to be kept up-to-date on governance, risk and compliance issues, but are not eligible for membership, or are currently studying a Governance Institute course, Governance Institute's subscriber program is an ideal option. It entitles you to receive discounts on regular prices for Governance Institute courses, events and other services and 11 issues of Governance Institute's monthly professional journal, Governance Directions.

In-house training

Governance Institute's courses for the NFP sector can be delivered as in-house sessions tailored to individual NFP organisations, boards and staff. Contact Governance Institute of Australia in your state to discuss your organisation's needs.

More information

For more information about any of Governance Institute's NFP solutions contact your nearest Governance Institute state office, or email

Read Governance Institute’s submissions on the NFP reform program

How will NFP reform proposals affect your organisation?

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Register for our Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits

Do you want to gain more expertise?

Look at our short courses on offer around Australia

Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Not-for-Profit Sector

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