Frequently asked questions

Eligibility and pre-enrolment
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Prospective and current members of boards, as well as those who work closely with them, are eligible for enrolment.

Some deep knowledge of a not-for-profit organisation is highly desirable.

To be accepted for enrolment into this course, you must also:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have time to read, prepare and reflect on fundamental governance principles
  • Have the ability to attend and actively participate in a total of five days of training (three consecutive days + two consecutive days approximately one month apart)
  • Commit to completing all competency based assessments within twelve months of face-to-face training (you must complete one unit assessment per month)
  • Commit to transferring the knowledge gained to a not-for-profit organisation once the course is completed

If you would like to discuss your eligibility, contact us by emailing service@ourcommunity.com.au or call (03) 9320 6800.

The course costs $4495 which includes all content and materials pre-loaded onto an iPad for use during the course and later in your board room (it's yours to keep).

Yes. Students may choose to enrol without receiving an iPad (a recommended learning tool for this course) and their fees will be reduced by $300. Students who elect to bring their own substitute device will be provided with links to download reference materials. Our sustainability policy prevents us from printing copies of these materials

Payment in full is due 30 days from the time of enrolment, and no later than 10 working days prior to the event (whichever falls due first).

Payment can be made via electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card, cheque or money order. If you would like to discuss payment options please call us on 03 9320 6800 or email service@ourcommunity.com.au

No. Registrations must be paid 30 days from the date of enrolment and no later than 10 working days prior to the event.

The Diploma of Governance BSB52318 is a full fee paying course. At this stage, no fee assistance is accessible for this course.

Yes, part-scholarships are on offer for community leaders. To view the scholarship rounds available please visit the scholarships page.

Credit Transfer:

If you have previously completed any of the units (with the same title and unit code) that are included in the Diploma of Governance BSB52318, you are able to apply for a credit transfer for those units at no additional cost.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available. The Diploma of Governance BSB52318 comprises 12 units of competency. Applicants are required to provide evidence of their competency against each assessment criterion for any unit for which they wish to apply for RPL. Each unique claim needs to be mapped against course requirements, individually verified and assessed. Additional fees apply for RPL applications. For further information regarding RPL applications, please contact us by emailing service@ourcommunity.com.au or call (03) 9320 6800.

The face-to-face component of the course is five days (three consecutive days + two consecutive days approximately one month apart). After this, participants will complete self-paced online learning and assessments over the course of 12 months. Students must complete one unit assessment per month. We expect that it will take approximately five hours to complete the pre-course reading and viewing.

The course includes a compulsory face-to-face component (a total of five days) but assessments are completed remotely.

If you would like us to come to you, we can deliver a session for you and your board (minimum numbers apply). Contact us for more information.

The content for the Diploma of Governance has been contextualised by the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise, and is delivered on behalf of TAFE Gippsland, a leading educator based in Victoria but delivering courses nation-wide. TAFE Gippsland ensures the academic rigour required for a qualification of this level and provides wonderful opportunities for participants to explore further training and professional development opportunities. Our interactions with students are guided by TAFE Gippsland's policies. Please refer to TAFE Gippsland's policy page for further details.

After Enrolment
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You will be given access to the reading materials about a week before your course is due to start (you'll be sent a login for the course portal). You will receive the iPad loaded with a copy of the course material upon your arrival on the first day of the course.

Please note: While the iPad and all apps on it can receive software updates with your own AppleID, the Documents app is installled using an Our Community AppleID. This means that the Documents app cannot be updated and we recommend not trying to update that app for the duration of the Diploma. Once you've completed the DIploma, you may uninstall the Documents app completely. This will delete all the material on the app. Note that all material is also available via the online student portal.

No. As a B Corp, we're serious about sustainability. We won't provide hard copies of course materials (course notes, slides, assessment questions etc.) All of this material will be pre-loaded on your iPad. If you elect to bring your own device, you will be able to access and download digital copies of required documents.

You may swap dates with no additional fees up until 10 working days prior to commencement (presuming there is space in your preferred sessions). Please email your request to service@ourcommunity.com.au

It's important that you commit to attending all five days of the course - the intensive learning that occurs during these five days cannot be replaced by any other means. However, if you are ill or absolutely unable to attend any part of the course, for any reason, our trainers will work with you to ensure that you have all relevant information and are able to complete all relevant competencies.

We run the course at various venues. One week prior to commencement, you will receive an email reminder confirming all the details of the course, including venue, times, catering details and links to pre-reading material, presentations, workbooks and assessments.

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number provided to all students. The USI has been implemented by the Department of Education and Training to identify you and help keep your training records and results together in an online account to which you have access.

Students beginning the Diploma of Governance BSB52318 will need to register for a USI number and provide it upon registration on the first day of the course. You can do so on the USI website.

Assessment
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Students will have access to an easy-to-use, purpose-built Student Portal where they can draft and lodge assessments, contact their tutor and explore rich content relating to their studies.

In most cases your assessor will be the same person you had as your trainer during the face-to-face learning blocks of this course. Our trainers' profiles can be found here.

Students must complete one unit assessment per month. Students have twelve months, from the commencement of the first day of their course, to complete all assessments.Extenuating circumstances can be taken into consideration but you must be prepared to stay on track in completing your assessments. We will support you in completing the assessments through our online portal, student webinars and tutorials and interviews with subject matter experts from the sector.

Extenuating circumstances can be taken into consideration but you must be prepared to stay on track in completing your assessments. We will support you in completing the assessments through our online portal, student webinars and tutorials and interviews with subject matter experts from the sector.

Assessments should be submitted as they are completed. Students are expected to complete one assessment per month. There is a deadline of 3 mandated units per quarter.

Yes, there are 3 mandated units to be completed each quarter. All 3 of these units must be submitted at the end of the quarter. Students should complete one assessment per month. You can complete the three assessments per quarter in any order but all three must be completed by the due date.

Please contact your trainer directly for any questions regarding assessments or course material. Your trainer's details will have been provided to you on the first day of your course. We will also support you in completing the assessments through our online portal, student webinars and tutorials and interviews with subject matter experts from the sector.

Submitted material is treated with the utmost care and discretion. All responses are treated confidentially and will not be used for any other purpose other than for assessment.

This is a competency-based assessment, meaning we support you to gain the knowledge you need to prove that you are competent in each unit. We provide feedback on your assessments. Where we think your response indicates a lack of knowledge, we will guide you to that knowledge as long as you are have submitted the assessment before the deadline for completion of the unit (another reason to get started on your assessments as early as possible). Once you have answered each question within a unit to a Satisfactory level, you will be deemed Competent in that unit. You will then be given a grade of Pass, Credit or Distinction for that unit.

As described above, this is a competency-based assessment - your assessor will work with you until you have reached the required level of competency.

When you complete the face-to-face component, you receive a certificate of attendance. Once you have completed all of the assessments to an adequate standard, TAFE Gippsland will award you a Diploma of Governance

You will receive feedback on your assessment from your assessor either by email or phone within three weeks of receipt of each of your assessments.

After graduation
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Participants who successfully complete the requirements of the Diploma of Governance - BSB52318 - will be eligible to use the post-nominals:

  • Dip. Gov. and,
  • FICDA - Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (while they remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia)

People who complete the course (including minimum attendance requirements) but do not submit assessment, or do not complete the assessment satisfactorily, are still eligible for recognition via the Institute of Community Directors Australia, through the use of the post-nominal:

  • MICDA - Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (while they remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia)

While the designation Dip. Gov. does not expire, in order to keep using ICDA designations ("FICDA" or "MICDA" or "AMICDA") you must remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. You will be reminded of the need to renew on the anniversary of your membership each year.

The Institute of Community Directors Australia is a professional governance body established by Our Community to support quality governance within the Australian not-for-profit sector. In order to ensure that the highest standards are maintained, we require that all individuals using the FICDA credentials remain informed of the latest news and practices from around Australia and the world. Membership of ICDA is our way of ensuring you're in the loop and up to date.

The Institute of Community Directors Australia provides a quarterly newsletter as part of membership. This assists in keeping you informed and updated on issues related to governance in the sector. We also post relevant materials and references using social media that will help keep your knowledge up to date.

We also recommend you attend ICDA's annual conference and other networking and training opportunities as they arise.

You will develop a network of peers in the course you undertake. In addition, ICDA will be implementing networking opportunities throughout Australia. We also encourage you to become actively engaged in our social media discussions. Link up with the Institute of Community Directors Australia on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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