ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Building Better Boards: The ACTCOSS Governance Workshop Program

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.

The governance workshop program is broken into two parts – the morning session focuses on board governance and strategy, and the afternoon session focuses on financial management. Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day.

Workbooks and resources are provided to participants at both sessions.

Session 1: Board Governance and Strategy

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.

Session 2: Financial Management 

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.


Check out our upcoming workshops and seminars to check if we have a Building Better Boards program on the agenda, or contact us for more information.

More resources

Check out more resources for NFP board members at our Leading Social Change program page.