Corporate Governance

Organisations with the business management capabilities required to thrive in a market-based system will be able to demonstrate good practice across a range of domains that include:

  • Robust risk management framework including risk identification, evaluation and mitigation procedures.
  • A sound governance framework that supports change, growth and flexibility.
  • Appropriate skills and/or capacity of the Board to oversee strategic and organisational decisions.
  • A mission statement and values that put people at the centre of decision making.

IDF Resource Tools

Sector Support Consultants

Sector Support Consultants work with service providers individually, ensuring that providers have advice and support that is tailored to their unique circumstances. Consultants can assist with presentations to management teams, to boards and to staff groups about how to become NDIS-ready.

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Human Rights Responsibilities of Boards

Adopting a Human Rights Based Approach – Advice for Boards of non government organisations that provide disability services (Video). Boards have a critical role to play in creating a human rights culture within their organisations.

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External Resources for Boards and Management Committees

Here you will find a number of external resources collated to assist non government organisations that provide disability services with Corporate Governance.   Please note that resources from other jurisdictions may not be 100% applicable to NSW organisations.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 1 Corporate Governance

This chapter provides a practical approach to understanding the responsibilities and obligations associated with being a Director of a non-government organisation. Resources and Policy Checklists are included at the end of this chapter.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 2 Legal Issues

The aim of this chapter is to provide background information on legal issues to support Directors in their governance role. It provides you with a practical approach to understanding and implementing policies to safeguard your organisation against the risks associated with running a non-government organisation. Policy Checklists are included at the end of this chapter.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 3 Strategic Business Planning

This chapter has been designed to assist Directors in the strategic business planning process. It describes the importance of having a regular cycle of planning, monitoring and evaluation and of thinking beyond the constraints of your current funding.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 4 Financial Management

As a Director you need to be aware of your obligations and responsibilities in regard to financial management. This chapter provides you with a practical approach to understanding financial reports and questions that should be asked in accordance with your fiduciary duty.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 5 Strategic Human Resources

As a Director, you need to be aware of the obligations and responsibilities that you have accepted in regard to human resource issues that may arise within your organisation.

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It's Your Business Chapter 6 Risk Management

This chapter explores what risk management is and how it can be applied to organisations to improve activities, make them safer and increase their sustainability. The approach adopted in this chapter is based on the Australian Standard on Risk Management AS/NZS 4360:2004. Policy checklists and resources are included at the end of this chapter.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 7 Fraud Prevention and Control

As a director, it is important to understand the fraud and corruption risks that your organisation could face. Fraud and corruption can undermine the viability of non-government organisations, compromise the delivery of services and breach the trust of stakeholders.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 8 Probity in Employment

This chapter provides information relevant to Boards and Directors on probity in the employment process. Probity refers to a range of formal and informal processes which can be used to assess the integrity, character and honesty of prospective employees, board or management committee members and other volunteers who are or are likely to be engaged.

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It's Your Business - Chapter 9 Partnerships

This chapter explores the nature of partnerships and the critical issues involved in identifying, establishing and maintaining successful partnerships. The primary consideration throughout is to determine what future direction brings the greatest beneit to people with a disability

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It's Your Business - Chapter 10 Quality Management

Quality management provides a framework for service providers to understand what works well in their organisation, what needs to be improved and what needs to change to meet the needs of people receiving services.

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NDIS Provider Toolkit

A self-assessment and analysis of key financial ratios. Results can be returned to receive a benchmarking report for their self-assessment.

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Professional Board Development

A thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a person who is a Board Member of a non government organisation that provide disability services is vital in ensuring strong governance of the organisation. This includes a understanding of the role of the Director and the Board including risk management , strategy and finance.

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Board Member Recruitment

The effectiveness of non-government organisations is directly linked to the capability and performance of the leadership of the organisation. Ongoing support to maintain and lift the level of governance within the sector is considered essential.

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The Industry Development Fund is delivered by National Disability Services on behalf of Family & Community Services: Ageing, Disability & Home Care.