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The Diploma of Business (Governance)

About the Diploma of Business (Governance)

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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

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Our scholarship partner


The Women's Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) exists to catalyse and inspire innovative partnerships, action and system-changing solutions to address the imbalance of women in leadership positions in Australia.

The WLIA are passionate about creating change that benefits people now and in the future and believe that empowering environmental groups through scholarships for the Diploma of Business (Governance) can lead to healthy and functional governance, ultimately increasing the likelihood of delivering on your mission and vision.

WLIA is bold in its desires to achieve gender balanced representation in Australia and know that Australian women are also bold in their desires to harness their capabilities into leadership roles. It is dedicated to breaking through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues in Australia to ensure equality of opportunity for women to attain leadership positions.

Learn more about WLIA, here.

Scholarship inclusions

In a step to realise its mission, the Women's Leadership Institute Australia is offering $1000 scholarships for women towards Diploma of Business (Governance) enrolments.

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 mini, 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 the Diploma of Business (Governance) will earn:

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

The application process

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Scholarships will be awarded through an online application process.

Applicants must demonstrate their:

  1. Their passion for their community
  2. Their suitability for completing the Diploma
  3. Their 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
  • 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 enrolling and finalising payment for a course of your choosing by February 15, 2018 (unless you opt to enroll in a course that commences before that date, in which case payment is require in full no later than 10 working days prior to the first day of your chosen course.)
  • 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, 20 December 2017.

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

Previous Rounds

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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