ACNC releases “Governance for Good” Guide

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) today launched a new guide for board members of charities Governance for Good.


“Being a board member can be incredibly hard work and is nominally unpaid, but it can also be immensely rewarding” says ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe in her opening foreword.


The guide is aimed at prospective board members and designed to prepare them for the responsibilities of the role, especially as they relate to the new framework for governance being developed by the ACNC.


The guide covers many of the basic concepts of governance. It primarily focuses on the duties and responsibilities of board members, with specific explanations of a range of subjects, from the organisation’s governing documents to what to do if “your charity changes or things go wrong”.


It is interesting that the ACNC chose this moment to release this guide, given that the Governance and External Conduct Standards have not yet been passed by the Senate and will not come into effect until July, 2013. More information on these governance standards is available here and here.


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