ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Building Better Boards: The ACTCOSS Governance Workshop Program

Event date: 
25 November 2015
Event time: 
9.15am - 4.30pm

ACTCOSS Governance workshops are designed to meet the needs of people interested in, or who have recently been, appointed to a board member position with a not-for-profit organisation in the ACT. This training targets people who have never been on a board or who have limited experience on boards. The workshops are interactive with participants contributing their own experiences and sharing knowledge, as well as a networking opportunity.

This workshop will be broken into two parts – the afternoon session focuses on financial management with the morning session focusing on board governance and strategy. Workbooks and resources will be provided to participants at both sessions. Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day.

9:15 am – 12:45pm: Session 1 Board Governance and Strategy - presented by Wendy Prowse

This workshop provides an overview of a range of governance topics for anyone who would like an introduction to the roles, responsibilities and obligations of board members. It is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss common problems experienced by new board members.

The key learning outcomes from the workshop include principles of good governance, strategy vs management, office bearer roles, organisational culture, legal and financial responsibilities.

1:00 – 4:30pm: Session 2 Financial Management – presented by Betty Ferguson

This workshop provides people on boards with a basic understanding of the role of the board in relation to financial management. The key learning outcomes include understanding financial reports, the relationship between financial statements, the importance of budgets, good financial practice, risk management and internal controls.


Food: Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Participants to arrange own lunch.

Contact: if you are unable to pay by credit card or have an other queries please contact Lisa Howatson on 02 6202 7200, email: [email protected]

Terms and Conditions: Bookings are essential. Please register early as places are limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can offer your place to others on our waiting list. It is ACTCOSS policy to reduce or waive fees for consumer representatives or people experiencing disadvantage; please ask your workshop contact person for assistance. Cancellations made less that 48 hours prior to the workshop will incur a full charge.

This seminar is provided with the assistance of the ACT Government - Community Services Directorate.

Event details
Event cost: 
One session: Members $90, Non-members $125; Both sessions: Members $165, Non-members $235
Event contacts
Contact name: 
ACTCOSS Meeting Room, 1/6 Gritten Street Weston
Weston CreekAustralian Capital Territory 2611