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A national membership association, Governance Institute of Australia advocates for a community of governance and risk management professionals, equipping over 8,000 members with the tools to drive better governance within their organisation.​​

As the only Australian provider of chartered governance accreditation, we offer a range of short courses, certificates and postgraduate study.

Our mission is to drive better governance in all organisations, which will in turn create a stronger, better society.

Why become a member?

  • progress in your career and re-position for your next step
  • become the go-to expert in your organisation
  • impress your board and management team
  • upskill and stay ahead of the competition
  • be better connected with our 43,000+ strong professional network.

Membership types

We offer four levels of membership to suit every kind of governance and risk professional — from CEOs to Directors and Risk Managers to Company Secretaries.

    • Student
  • For undergraduates who want to learn more about governance while they study — GIA(Student)
  • Apply
    • Affiliated
  • For aspiring governance or risk practitioners looking to expand their knowledge. Postnominals gained — GIA(Affiliated)
  • Apply
    • Associate
  • For professionals with at least six years of governance and risk management experience and relevant academic experience. Postnominals gained — AGIA (Associate of Governance Institute of Australia)
  • Apply
    • Fellow
  • For top-tier professionals with at least ten years of governance and risk management experience and relevant academic experience. Postnominals gained — FGIA (Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia)
  • Apply

If you become a member by completing the
Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management, you will also be granted membership with The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) formally known as the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

This will give you the internationally recognised postnominals of either ACG or FCG and the ‘Chartered Secretary’ designation.

There are four ways to join:

  1. By completing one of our postgraduate education courses
  2. By completing a Governance Institute Certificate
  3. By meeting the criteria for our Professional Entry Scheme (PES).
  4. By joining as a student member if undertaking undergraduate studies at another university.


“Membership has been very rewarding, helping me to grow as a governance and risk professional.”

Kerry McGoldrick FGIA FCIS – Kerry McGoldrick Consulting