Board members have an essential role in steering an organisation towards a sustainable and prosperous future. Whether you work in corporate governance or for a non-profit organisation, this course will provide the essential skills you need to be a responsible and effective board member.
Essential Business Skills for Board Members is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake the diverse roles and responsibilities of the executive committee and board members.
In this board of directors’ course, you will learn how to work within an organisation’s structure to implement board member responsibilities. You’ll also discover important conflict management strategies to prevent escalation, understand how to interpret financial information, and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
On completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and competencies required to operate effectively as a board member.
Unit 1 - Implement Board member responsibilities
Organisational history and function
Duties of board directors
Organisational objectives and goals
Roles and responsibilities with in an organisation
Legal responsibilities and obligations
Statutes, legislation and regulations
Relationships and communication processes
Codes of practice
Code of conduct for board members
Building relationships with Indigenous communities
Policies and procedures
Operational outcomes (financial reports)
Reviewing and making changes to operations
A review of board
Public company requirements
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Health and safety legislation
Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) legislation (CATSI)
The constitution of an organisation
Components of a constitution
Terms and conditions of funding agreements
Speaking on behalf of a board
Political and social trends
Community and stakeholder needs
Community needs and policies (diversity and cultural competence)
Receive and document feedback
Designing a survey
Document and support decisions made by board
Unit 2 - Work within organisational structure
Document governance and management issues
The role of a board and its members
The CEO’s role and tasks
The boards role in providing governance
The relationship between governance and management issues
Issues the board might address
An organisation’s governance policy guidelines
Document roles of board members
Role of the chair
Code of conduct for board members
Calendar of board meetings
Process of discussing an issue and reaching a decision
Performance outcomes – KPI’s
CEO’s role in an organisation
Areas of responsibility and documenting guidelines
Receiving and applying advice from management
Instructing management to implement policy decisions
Minutes of Meeting template
Features of an implementation plan
Reviewing management performance
Unit 3 - Manage conflict
Identify conflict and prevent escalation
Levels of conflict
Progress from one stage to another
Behaviours that indicate conflict is escalating
Role of managers and supervisors
Critical actions to take when responding to conflict situations
Aggressive and abusive behaviour
Asking for assistance
Mediation and arbitration
Conflict Resolution Network (CRN)
Employee Assistant Programs (EAPs)
Agree on nature and details
Effective and ineffective management
Nature of conflict (agreement of details)
Assess the impact
Managing conflict within the scope of your role
Impact of conflict on business reputation and
Legal liability and impacts
Constructive attitudes and positive impacts
Dispute resolution processes and options
Evaluate the effectiveness of the solution
Improve work and minimise negative conflict
Workplace conflict causes
Unit 4 - Interpret financial information
Accurate financial records
Budgets and forecasting
Cash flow reports
Profit and loss statements and reports
Journals and ledgers
Financial statements and reports
Interpreting financial information
How cash flow works
Financial cost analysis
Business activity statements (BAS)
Sales analysis reports and budgets
Break even analysis
Unit 5 - Research and comply with regulatory requirements
Relevance and currency of information
Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)
Food safety legislation
Accessing regulatory information
Specialist legal advice
Components of an effective compliance program
Nominating roles and responsibilities
Senior management compliance accountabilities
Continuous improvement processes
Handling compliance complaints and procedures
Compliance management system
Consulting with stakeholders
Drafting and writing techniques
Developing a compliance policy
Distribution of information
Communication with regulatory authorities
Submitting required documentation
Business an occupational licence
Checking contractor compliance
Evaluating business operations
Business name registration
Taxation and insurance requirements
Allocation of responsibilities for meeting compliance regulations
Processes of evaluating business compliance
Identifying a compliance breech
Escalation process for breach of compliance
Reporting breaches and management action
Penalties for compliance breaches
Action plans and review processes
Estimated duration 75 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 75 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $250.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.