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The Diploma of Business (Governance)

For too long, not-for-profit board members and their supporters have put up with a second-rate reputation and second-rate education.

Not anymore.


The Institute of Community Directors Australia understands the importance of nationally recognised qualifications that provide students with practical knowledge and skills relating to governance. We know governance studies develop increased confidence and help students make valued contributions as members of a board or as the co-ordinator of quality governance. We design our courses specifically for Australian not-for-profit board/committee members, and the CEOs, managers and senior staff who work alongside them.


2020 courses


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Why study with us?


  1. Because not-for-profit directors are different.
    Governing or managing a not-for-profit is different to governing or running a company. This course has been designed from the ground up to be solely devoted to not-for-profits.

  2. Because it's applicable to your needs.
    This course works for people seeking a board position, brand new board members, experienced board members, and senior staff who work with boards.

  3. Because it will link you in with peer support.
    You will join a growing alumni of not-for-profit governance specialists, giving you access to deep connections and a vibrant network of believers and doers. There's an online forum, as well as regular face-to-face alumni events.

  4. Because it's accredited.
    This is the premier nationally recognised diploma-level governance qualification designed for the not-for-profit sector. Your new post-nominals (Dip. Bus (Gov); FICDA) will highlight your credentials as part of this elite network.

  5. Because it's flexible.
    The course structure (just five days face-to-face, with all assessments completed at home) allows you to gain a qualification in your own space and at your own pace (one unit per month, with 12 months to complete).

  6. Because it's practical.
    Course content is drawn from the experience and wisdom of Our Community, which has trained more than 140,000 not-for-profit volunteers and professionals.

Why get a diploma?


  1. Because being a Community Director is not a hobby.
    Board work (including and often especially not-for-profit board work) is becoming increasingly complex. You need to know what your legislative and compliance requirements are.

  2. Because it's good for your career.
    Formal qualifications like this can advance your career opportunities as well as your community contributions.

  3. Because it opens new pathways.
    Our Diploma can help you gain entry into higher-level qualifications at University. When you enrol, you are awarded membership of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and, by extension, you're considered a 'responsible person' in the eyes of the ATO, clearing a hurdle to certain board appointments which require this status.

  4. Because we know you're going to love it.
    We have received rave reviews about this course. People tell us that it's practical (and instantly applicable to a wide variety of roles), it's relevant (100% focused on the not-for-profit sector) and - unlike other courses - it presents you with a nationally recognised qualification.




TAFE Gippsland

The Institute of Community Directors delivers diploma courses as part of an alliance with TAFE Gippsland. You can learn more about this educational alliance, here.




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