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The Future 500 Diploma of Business (Governance)

Together, we'll change the face of community governance diversity in Australia in 2019

Apply for a Future 500 Leaders Governance Scholarship today

2019 is going to be a big year for community governance.

Early next year, we'll unveil a Festival of Community Directors, a year-long calendar of events celebrating good governance and leadership. The festival will include training, special events, webinars and networking activities.

We also want 2019 to be special for another reason.

As champions of diversity, we have long been focussed on providing leadership opportunities to the most underrepresented sectors of the community. We're dialling up our efforts and, in partnership with the Trawalla Foundation, we are offering up to 500 part-scholarships towards the Diploma of Business (Governance). Our goal is to award these scholarships early in the new year, so that we can spend 2019 upskilling a diverse cohort throughout Australia.

Apply today and be part of a new movement of governance leaders. Help us change the game.

Before applying

During this round, we are calling for applications from individuals that either represent or champion causes important to the following segments of our communities:

  • Youth (30 years of age and under)
  • Women
  • Members of the LGQBTI community
  • CALD - "Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)" is generally used to refer to groups and individuals whose ethnic ancestry is other than Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Celtic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Rural and regional Australia

About the Diploma of Business (Governance)

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Full terms and conditions

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. Delivered by the Institute of Community Directors Australia in alliance with Federation Training, the Diploma of Business (Governance) - BSB50715 - is the only accredited course for existing and prospective not-for-profit board and committee members, and the staff who work with them.

Further details about this course, including a course outline, upcoming course dates around Australia, a FAQ and student testimonials can be found at www.communitydirectors.com.au/diploma

Scholarship inclusions

Successful scholarship applicants will receive:

  • A $1000 fee reduction for enrolments in the Diploma of Business (Governance). The reduced enrolment cost for scholarship recipients is $3495 (inc GST)
  • An iPad pre-loaded with course materials
  • Membership of the Institute of Community Directors Australia
  • Access to the Institute of Community Directors Australia's extensive suite of online governance resources

Students who go on to complete their Diploma of Business (Governance) will earn:

  • Fellowship of the Institute of Community Directors Australia
  • Australia's only accredited qualification for not-for-profit governance

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The application process

Scholarships will be awarded through an online application process.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  1. That they identify as, or work with or in, one of our six focus areas, and that they wish to grow their leadership and governance skills for the benefit of their community
  2. Reasons for wanting to improve their governance skills

To be considered for a scholarship and enrolment into this course, you must also confirm you:

  • Have read and understand the terms and conditions under which these scholarships are made available
  • Commit to finalising their enrollment in a 2019 Diploma course, by February 28, 2019.
  • Have time to read, prepare and reflect on fundamental governance principles
  • Have the ability to attend and actively participate in a total of five days of training (three consecutive days + two consecutive days approximately one month later) - courses offered across Australia
  • Commit to completing all assessments within 12 months of beginning of face-to-face training (expected time commitment is five to 10 hours for each of the 12 units)
  • Commit to transferring the knowledge you have gained through this course to the not-for-profit sector
  • Have not previously successfully applied for a scholarship towards the Diploma of Business (Governance)
  • Are an Australian resident

Applications close at 3:00 pm AEDT, 19 December 2018.

Late applications will not be considered, under any circumstances, so don't delay.

Successful applicants will be notified progressively, with a formal public recognition of all recipeitns via media release in February 2019, during the first weeks of the Festival of Community Directors.

Apply now

Apply today through SmartyGrants

Click the Apply Now button above or visit icda.smartygrants.com.au/future500 to start your application.

Previous Rounds


Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2018 Foundation for Rural & Regional governance scholarshops. Applications have been assessed and successful scholarship applicants have been contacted.

The Women's Leadership Insitute of Australia

Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2017 Women's Leadership Institute Australia Women's Governance scholarship. Applications have assessed and successful scholarship applicants have been contacted.

Greening Australia

Thank you to everyone who applied for a Greening Australia Environment and Conservation Governance Scholarship. Applications have been assessed, with scholarships awarded around Australia.

Australian Scholarships Foundation

The Bankwest Foundation and the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) through the Australian Scholarship Foundation have worked together to provide 20 100% scholarships for those living in WA and working for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to study the Diploma of Business (Governance).

Sports Without Borders

Thank you to everyone who has applied for a Sports Without Borders Sports and Recreation Governance Scholarship. Applications have now been assessed and successful scholarship applicants have been contacted.

The Women's Leadership Insitute of Australia

Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2016 Women's Leadership Institute Australia Women's Governance scholarship and congratulations to those who were successful in their application. You can learn about the results and read the list of scholarship recipients here.

The Institute of Community Directors Australia and Our Community have made every reasonable effort to ensure the most current information is available on this web page. Our Community delivers qualifications as part of an alliance with, and on behalf of, Federation Training. Federation Training RTO number: 0417

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