Governance Program

Program Overview

The Governance Program is a flexible series of workshops and learning opportunities that aim to build knowledge and capabilities across the sector about good governance practices. Components will include targeted workshops in locations across the country, enhanced good governance guidelines, peer-to-peer learning and other online resources. We will soon be announcing the delivery partner for this program, an institution with high level expertise and credentials in governance. Council will be working with our delivery partner on program design in consultation with the sector so it is targeted, relevant and engaging. The content will include core good governance topics but will also cover arts specific issues such the board’s role in managing the artistic health of an organisation and new governance models.

Who is the Program for?

This program is for arts organisations of all sizes.

The program is designed for the Chair, CEO (or equivalent) and Artistic Director (or equivalent) to attend the same workshop. To get the most out of the workshop, we strongly encourage joint attendance.

Program Structure

The Governance Program is a 2 day workshop for arts organisations on enhancing their governance skills. It is being delivered by a partner in collaboration with the Australia Council.

Some of the topics the workshops will cover include:

  • Effective governance for arts organisations (legal obligations, finance, strategic planning).
  • The Board’s role in fundraising.
  • The Board’s oversight of artistic health/community relevance.
  • Board composition- succession planning, diversity.
  • Indigenous organisation governance.

The Australia Council will also be able to broker workshops for the full Board to attend and on specialist topics. Please contact us for more information.

Program Outcomes

Participants in the program will have:

  • Greater understanding of contemporary good governance practices in the arts sector.
  • Strengthened relationships between arts leaders and board members.
  • Greater confidence in managing board performance.
  • Greater confidence in discussing artistic health at a board level.

Program Dates

The initial schedule will be announced in mid-2016. The program will be delivered in all state capitals and selected regional centres from Spring 2016-Winter 2018.

Program Fees

Two day workshop: $350+GST includes catering and workshop resources.

Scholarships and fee discounts: No applicant is discouraged from applying due to their financial situation. Applicants are able to apply to be considered for a fee discount. Selected scholarships may also be available.

Travel: Participants are expected to pay their travel expenses, if required. Workshops will be delivered in all state capitals and selected regional centres. Travel assistance is available for organisations from remote areas. Please contact us for more information.


Registration will open in mid-2016. Register your interest and keep informed about the leadership program by joining our mailing list. 

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