Who we are

A national membership association, Governance Institute of Australia advocates for a community of 43,000 governance and risk management professionals, equipping our members with the tools to drive better governance within their organisation.​​

We tailor our resources for members in the listed, unlisted and not-for-profit sectors, and ensure our member's voice is heard loudly. ​​

As the only Australian provider of chartered governance accreditation, we offer a range of short courses, certificates and postgraduate study to help further the knowledge and education of the fast-growing governance and risk management profession. ​​

We run a strong program of thought leadership, research projects and news publications and draw upon our membership of the Chartered Governance Institute to monitor emerging global trends and challenges to ensure our members are prepared.​​

Our members know that governance is at the core of every organisation — and in these tumultuous times, that good governance is more important than ever before.​

Our values and story


Strengthening society through governance excellence.

Champion whole of organisation governance and risk management through education, advocacy and engagement with members and the broader community.

Our values


The quality of being honest, fair and having strong moral principles. It's what you do and say behind closed doors. We practice what we preach and live what we say.


The act of doing what is difficult, having the courage of our convictions and daring to be different.  It's about being brave and taking measured risk. Stepping outside our comfort zone and trying new things.

Service excellence

Service excellence is the act of consistently going beyond expectations and delivering an industry-leading experience that really wows your stakeholders/customers. ​Service that keeps customers coming back. Service with a smile on your face that makes their day. 


The action of working with someone to produce something. A commitment to support each other to get the best outcome. Challenging each other in healthy ways and having each other's backs. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Governance is the action of putting in place a framework for your organisation that enables it to be legally compliant and excel in achieving its goals.
Governance has the same importance to an organisation as it does to an acrobat having the correct safety harnesses and ropes to allow them to perform better tricks. Or for a car to have the best braking system so it can drive smarter and faster. 
Governance is the systems used to manage an organisation's performance and behaviour. This includes leadership, risk management, compliance and business administration, as part of a healthy corporate culture built on ethical conduct. Read more.
So, what happens when governance goes wrong? The worst-case scenario could be front page negative headlines or corporate crisis and collapse. Or the day-to-day impacts could be poor performance, loss of talent or brand and reputation failure. 
This is just a few of the many reasons we are a passionate industry advocate driving fair and effective representation for our members, leveraging their experience and expertise to work with Australia's business and government leaders, to help them reflect our ambition as a nation. We are building the governance leaders of the future. 


Governance Institute of Australia is one of Australia’s oldest industry associations, founded 112 years ago.

We are a division of The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI), which in turn has an ancestry dating back over 125 years. CGI was founded in the UK when a group of influential company secretaries joined together to form a society that would promote their professional interests. It is now an international body, with over 30,000 members living and working in over 80 countries.

In 1909, the Australian division of CGI gained independence from its parental London body, and in 1947 all the Australian branches merged under the single name Chartered Institute of Secretaries.

In 2013, that organisation became Governance Institute of Australia. Reflecting the key role good governance plays in the performance of every Australian organisation, we expanded our remit to incorporate governance professionals from every part of an organisation — from company secretaries, to chief risk officers, directors, CEOs and other senior leaders.

Governance Institute of Australia is the leading association for company secretaries, governance professionals, directors and risk managers. Our membership is open to professionals with qualifications and experience in the field of governance or risk management. Being a member is the ideal way to advance your career, expand your network and build on your skills. Find out more.

As Australia’s leading independent voice on governance, Governance Institute of Australia is an active participant in the reform process. We engage with the government and public sector groups to contribute our expertise on proposed legislative and regulatory reform and contribute to the national discussion around good governance. Read more.

One of our key advocacy mandates is to improve governance practices nationwide, and this includes helping to improve the standard of governance reporting by Australia’s journalists. We contribute our own analysis and commentary on industry issues to help lead the discussion on best practice corporate governance. Learn more.

Want to learn more?

Contact us directly on customerservice@governanceinstitute.com.au or call, 1800 251 849.