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Governance Standards Part B: Governance Standards 4-6 and How to Wind Up a Charity

The second of two, this course offers practical guidance on how your charity can meet Governance Standards 4-6.

1,110 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Learn how your charity can meet Governance Standards 4-6

The Governance Standards are a set of six core minimum standards that deal with how a charity is run.

This short course is the second of two which offer practical guidance on how your charity can meet the Governance Standards given the many variables making each charity’s circumstances unique.

You will learn scalable ways of how to apply Governance Standards 4-6 to your charity (Suitability of Responsible Persons, Duties of Responsible Persons, Maintaining and enhancing public trust and confidence in the Australian not-for-profit sector).

You will also learn how to ensure your charity winds up according to the Governance Standards.


  • Week 1

    Governance Standards 4 and 5

    • Introduction to Part B of the short course

      Recap the learning objectives of Part B plus take a poll to check in with your understanding of the material covered so far.

    • How can charities meet Governance Standard 4?

      Work out to how to determine the suitability of Responsible Persons and learn how to research to see if someone is disqualified.

    • How can charities meet Governance Standard 5?

      Learn the duties of Responsible Persons and access resources on how your charity can properly induct new board members.

  • Week 2

    Governance Standard 6 and winding up

    • How can charities meet Governance Standard 6?

      Find out how charities can maintain and enhance public trust and confidence in the Australian not-for-profit sector.

    • Winding up

      Winding up is a process. Learn how to do it right.

    • Next steps

      Want to continue learning but not sure where to turn? Want to get a Certificate for completing this course? This section shows you how.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess whether Governance Standards 4-6 have been correctly applied by charities through reflecting on case studies.
  • Apply Governance Standards 4-6 to their own charity.
  • Demonstrate that the steps they have taken to apply Governance Standards 4-6 to their charity are appropriate based on their charity’s size, operating location/s, purposes, beneficiaries and activities.
  • Investigate and discuss the requirements of winding up in accordance with the Governance Standards and apply these lessons to their own charity.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone looking to understand and apply the minimum legal requirements for a charity.

It is professional development, leadership training, and personal development and will be particularly useful to existing and aspiring charity board members, or anyone that provides advice to the charity sector.

Who will you learn with?

Rachel Gear is the ACNC's Instructional Designer and Lead Educator for the eLearning Program. She's committed to designing and teaching accessible and relevant professional development for adults.

Rachel Smith is the Director of Advice Services, Education and Public Affairs, and is the Director behind the ACNC’s eLearning program. She’s been with the ACNC since it started.

Who developed the course?

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. We register and regulate Australia’s many charities. We help charities understand and meet their obligations through information, advice and guidance. We help the public understand the work of the charity sector and provide a free searchable register of Australian registered charities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Victoria

What's included?

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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