Being a good community director is hard work.

Join the Institute of Community Directors Australia and we'll help you be great.

ICDA is the best-practice governance network for the directors serving on Australia’s 600,000 not-for-profit boards, committees and councils, and the senior staff who support them. ICDA members get access to a range of educational, capacity building and networking opportunities that build knowledge, connections and credentials.

Get a leg up. Members and Fellows of ICDA (MICDA and FICDA designations) are best placed to apply for and win seats on not-for-profit boards and perform at their best to help those organisations thrive. These are the best not-for-profit credentials you can have for joining a for-purpose board.

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ICDA membership is now completely free!

Some associations charge hundreds of dollars just to raise a tax receipt. ICDA is the least expensive governance network of its type. No other membership organisation offers you access to this calibre of services and professional development, and all for free!

Why join?

1. Receive ‘responsible person’ status
ICDA members agree to be bound by our Community Directors Code of Ethics and Conduct. In doing so, members are recognised by the ATO as responsible persons, for the duration of their membership.

2. Recognition
Members will be provided with downloadable image assets and a membership certificate to allow them to signal their involvement in this professional body on digital platforms. Members may also use the post-nominal MICDA and download a membership certificate to signal their involvement in this professional body. Further post-nominals are available to members who go on to complete our Diploma of Governance. Further information about post-nominals is available in the Diploma of Governance FAQ.

3. Access news, information and thought leadership
Boost members’ confidence (and competence) as not-for-profit leaders through an exclusive quarterly lecture series and publication, featuring high-profile national and international thought leaders addressing a wide range of relevant and important topics.

4. Policy Bank update alerts
Members have access to more than 70 templated policies which are regularly reviewed by our legal partners, Maddocks. Members receive exclusive notifications when legal changes are made to major governance, human resources, financial management, values and communications policies in the Policy Bank, or when a new policy is added.

5. Member pricing for professional training and development
Members receive discounts for Festival of Community Directors events and online Compact Courses, and other professional development opportunities run by ICDA

6. Access to networking and career development
Members get exclusive access to the ICDA Forum, a place where not-for-profit leaders go to discuss pressing issues, ask and answer questions from their peers, and keep abreast of updates from the ICDA team. There are also invited to events, like the Communities in Control Conference, throughout the year, which will include tailored ICDA Member Experiences.

7. Completely free
ICDA membership is completely free, which means you get all the benefits outlined above and so much more, without having to reach into your pockets.


Rethinking the Community Sector

The quarterly lecture series for ICDA members


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Please note:

All members of the Institute of Community Directors Australia agree to abide by the Institute's code of ethics and conduct.

Membership is for 12-months, with an invitation to renew issued prior to your anniversary. We do not provide pro-rata refunds or discounts should you require less than 12-months membership.

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