Better Understanding your Obligations as a Governor of a Charity

Being on the Board or Management Committee of a charity is hard work. Most governors of charities are involved in a voluntary capacity, and are therefore often time-poor due to competing priorities with business and family. In this context, understanding your role as a governor is all the more important.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (‘ACNC’) has recently released new online learning materials to help governors of charities better understand their obligations.

As at the date of this article, training modules include:

  1. Becoming a Charity Board Member: What You Should Know
  2. The ACNC: How We Can Help
  3. How to Become an ACNC Registered Charity
  4. Governing a Registered Charity in Australia
  5. Governance Standards Part A: Introduction and Governance Standards 1-3
  6. Governance Standards Part B: Governance Standards 4-6 and Winding-Up
  7. External Conduct Standards
  8. Reporting Obligations of Your Charity Part A: Overview and Basic Financial Skills

The resources can be accessed here. We understand that this resource will be periodically updated by the ACNC.

We recommend that our charity clients take the time to consider working this ACNC guidance into welcome packs for new governors, or as an ongoing recommended compulsory professional development (‘CPD’).

At Corney and Lind, many of our lawyers volunteer on charity boards and can therefore offer both expert legal advice and practical insight as to how your charity Board or Management Committee might best comply with their obligations.

If your charity Board or Management Committee needs tailored advice or CPD on governance matters, please do not hesitate to reach out to our expert team on (07) 3252 0011.

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