NSW Crown Land Manager Governance Development Program - Diploma of Governance

NSW Government

On behalf of The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), Crown Lands is offering 100 sponsored places for volunteer non-Council Crown land Managers (CLMs) to undertake an online Diploma of Governance.

Crown Lands has partnered with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) to deliver the CLM Governance Development Program, and the sponsored Diploma places are a part of the ongoing program aimed at supporting our CLMs.

Crown Land Managers' Governance Development Program

Diploma of Governance

This is an opportunity to enhance governance skills and gain an

acclaimed qualification. This opportunity is valued at over $4,500 for

each individual recipient. Community minded people that are currently or

would like to participate in the management of Crown land across

regional NSW are welcome to apply. This opportunity is a competitive,

merit-based process and applications are submitted directly to ICDA.

Eligibility Criteria

You will need to be committed to be a volunteer participating in the management of Crown land. You could be an existing volunteer, or you could be a person who is keen and willing to become a volunteer. The course will be delivered online and you will need to commit to full participation in the course and have access to the internet and a computer.

Commencement dates

Course ODG210802

Start Date: 2 August 2021

Tutorial 1: 18 Aug 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 2:
15 Sep 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 3:
19 Oct 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 4:
23 Nov 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 5:
7 Dec 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 6:
18 Jan 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Course ODG211011

Start Date: 11 October 2021

Tutorial 1: 26 Oct 2021 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Tutorial 2:
23 Nov 2021 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Tutorial 3:
8 Dec 2021 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Tutorial 4:
18 Jan 2022 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Tutorial 5:
15 Feb 2022 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Tutorial 6:
15 Mar 2022 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Course ODG211108

Start Date: 8 November 2021

Tutorial 1: 24 Nov 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 2:
8 Dec 2021 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 3:
19 Jan 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 4:
15 Feb 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 5:
15 Mar 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutorial 6:
12 Apr 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm

How will applicants learn?

To ensure participants’ learning is both deep and sustained, each course participant is equipped with a range of tools and materials:

  • Online study tools, including a purpose-built Student Portal through which they can draft and lodge assessments, contact their tutor and explore rich content relating to their studies.
  • Access to an online forum, through which they can engage with fellow students and the broader ICDA membership.
  • ICDA membership and website access. Students receive 18-month access to ICDA’s extensive online resource centre for not-for-profit board/committee members, including a Board Matching Service, Policy Bank, and a range of members-only content.
  • Credentials. Participants who successfully complete the requirements of the Diploma are eligible to use the post-nominals:
    • Dip. Gov. and,
    • FICDA- Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia

10 reasons you’ll love this course

1. Because it’s flexible. You can complete this course entirely online, gaining a qualification in your own space and at your own pace (within 12 months). You’ll learn through a combination of individual work and scheduled meetings with your trainer and other course members, benefiting along the way from foundational videos, interactive webinars and online discussion boards.

2. Because it’s good for your career. Formal qualifications like the Diploma of Governance can advance your career opportunities as well as your community contributions.

3. Because CLMs make a difference. As a CLM your governance skills need to be different to how you might manage a company. This course has been designed from the ground up to be solely relevant for community-based organisations and the not-for-profit sector.

4. Because it’s applicable to your needs. This course works for people seeking a board position, brand new board members, experienced board members, and senior staff who work with boards.

5. Because it will link you in with peer support. You will join a growing alumni of not-for-profit governance specialists, giving you access to deep connections and a vibrant network of believers and doers.

6. Because it’s respected. This is the only governance qualification specifically designed for the not-for-profit sector. Your new post-nominals (Dip.Gov.; FICDA) will highlight your credentials as a member of this expert network.

7. Because it’s practical. Course content is drawn from the experience and wisdom of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and Our Community, which have trained more than 140,000 not-for-profit volunteers and professionals.

8. Because being a community based CLM is not a hobby. Board work (especially not-for-profit board work) is becoming increasingly complex. You need to know what your legislative and compliance requirements are.

9. Because it opens new pathways. The Diploma can help you enter higher-level qualifications at university. In addition, when you enrol, you are awarded membership of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and, by extension, you’re considered a ‘responsible person’ in the eyes of the ATO, clearing a hurdle to certain board appointments which require this status.

10. Because we know you’re going to love it. ICDA have received rave reviews about the Diploma. CEOs, board members and volunteers who have completed the course say that it’s relevant to the unique needs of leaders in the not-for-profit sector, that it’s practical, and that the lessons are instantly applicable.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

The following details the Terms and Conditions for any scholarship offered towards the Institute of Community Directors' Diploma of Governance.

All applications will be assessed within 10 business day from the date of your submission. The number of places are limited and rolling in nature, so please get your application in sooner rather than later

The full cost of the Diploma of Governance is $4,500, comprising enrolment, assessment and administration. Crown Lands is offering 100 full fee scholarships.

Applications must be made via the online system. No mailed, faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. Please read full details on the applicant site for opening and closing time and date. Late applications will not be considered, under any circumstances, so don't delay.

Please note previous scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply.

Scholarship recipients need to have read the course snapshot and understand that they will be required to:

  • Have time to watch videos, read, prepare and reflect on fundamental governance principles
  • Have the ability to attend and actively participate in all online tutorials / webinars
  • Commit to completing all competency based assessment within twelve months of the first day of the course (you must complete one unit assessment per month)
  • Commit to transferring the knowledge gained to the organisation once the course is completed

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