Frequently asked questions

 Course admission

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No. You can meet our entry requirements through our non-academic entry route by providing evidence of general and professional qualifications or professional experience, including membership of professional organisations, which satisfies us that you have the capacity to undertake postgraduate study. Admission is initially on a conditional basis (see Admissions Policy). The academic entry route remains open for applicants who have a degree, including overseas degrees awarded by a recognised overseas university or higher education provider.

No. To study with us in Australia you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or hold a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa.

No, we are not registered to provide FEE-HELP. We have a payment plan option whereby you can spread your student fees over three equal payments (see Student Fees Policy).

Awards study entails seeking admission to a course such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and completing the subjects in the required sequence. The core subjects that make up the Graduate Certificate must be completed before you can progress to the remaining subjects in your chosen pathway in the Graduate Diploma. You must elect which pathway you intend following at the point of admission. If you later decide the alternative pathway is better suited to your career path, due to a change of job for instance, you can request to change your pathway. 

If you only intend studying up to a maximum of two subjects you can do so on a non-award basis, the subjects not contributing to a course. Subjects studied on a non-award basis can later be transferred to an award course, hence the entry requirements for this type of study are the same as those for award study. 

If your aim is to simply gain or refresh your knowledge, and you have no interest in gaining academic credit for the subject, you can study subjects without having to undertake the assessments. 

Yes. If you successfully complete the four core subjects of the Graduate Certificate you can choose to graduate with this qualification. You can later return to complete the requirements for the Graduate Diploma. 

Subject enrolment 

 

Subject enrolments must be concluded in full, including finalising of applications for admission where applicable, and payment of student fees, by no later than the census date. The census date for each semester is published on the website. 

You can request a course overview by registering your interest through our website. More detailed information about individual subjects can be found on our postgraduate education webpage.

Yes. If you are undertaking an award course you can apply for a leave of absence to take a semester off, providing you meet certain eligibility criteria (see Leave of Absence Policy)

No. Carryover is no longer an option. If you fail to complete one or more of the mandatory assessment requirements for the subject you will receive the grade 'absent fail', unless there are extenuating circumstances that support an application for special consideration (see Special Consideration Policy). You will need to re-enrol in the subject the following semester and complete all the assessment items. 

Materials for the first four modules will be made available in the Online Learning Centre two weeks prior to the start of semester. You will have access to the Online Learning Centre once you are fully enrolled in the subject. The remaining materials will be released following census. Materials are not posted to students. Governance Institute has provided access to a printing service for those students who wish to purchase hard copies of the materials after census. 

Advanced standing

 

The term advanced standing describes the recognition of prior learning which may be relevant and may be applied to your course. This learning is credited to your course and reduces the number of subjects you need to complete the course. It is your responsibility to identify prior learning that demonstrates you have gained the knowledge, understanding and skills equivalent to the stated learning outcomes for the subject(s) for which you are seeking advanced standing. The maximum amount of advanced standing that can be awarded in any course is 2 subjects [20 credits]. Advanced standing should not be confused with the term exemption, no longer used by Governance Institute. 

Yes. Applications for provisional advanced standing can be made prior to admission and any advanced standing awarded remains valid for a period of one academic year. Offers not taken up within that period will be considered to be expired. 

No. All students must study 'Corporate Governance', and any student undertaking the Qualifying Program for Chartered Secretary must study 'Corporate Accountability: Meetings and Disclosure' or 'Public Sector Accountability and Transparency'. 

Subject assessment

 
 

We do not provide past assignment questions and answers. You will be given access to a single scenario-based sample examination question for your practice that reflects the style used in the examination itself. Following a period of practice, an outline answer will be provided for that sample examination question. 

Most of our subjects require you to undertake an examination at the end of semester as part of the overall assessment for the subject. The examination typically is worth 50% of the overall mark, and students are required to meet a 40% threshold in the examination itself in order to pass the subject, regardless of the total aggregated mark. All examinations take place in nominated examination centres. Sitting an examination overseas requires a suitable examination centre to be identified. The costs associated with sitting an examination outside our main centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney must be covered by you.

You are required to make yourself available during the examination week. The examination week is scheduled in advance of the start of semester and is published on our website - plan ahead. Extenuating circumstances may mean you are eligible for special consideration to sit a deferred examination later in the semester. If you are unwell on the day of your examination, or experience other extenuating circumstances, you will need to submit an application for special consideration (see Special Consideration Policy).

All examination papers receiving a mark of less than 50% are remarked. Providing you meet the 40% threshold in the examination and your total aggregated mark for the subject is not less than 50% you will pass the subject. If you fail the subject you will be required to re-enrol, usually in the following semester, and complete all the assessments items. Carryover is no longer an option.

You can submit an appeal against the final subject grade issued at the end of semester providing, providing certain groups are met (see Review of Grade Policy). 

Graduation

 

All students who successfully complete the requirements for the award of Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will be conferred their award in absentia following a meeting of the Education Committee at the end of each semester. Your testamur and transcript will be mailed to you. You will also be invited to a state-based award ceremony acknowledging graduates, new members and Dux award recipients. Dates for the awards ceremonies will be advertised on the website.

Complaints

Governance Institute has a Student Grievance Policy that outlines the steps to grievance resolution. This policy details both informal and formal approaches and can be found on the website.

Transitioning from my current course to the new course

 

This largely depends on the progress you have made in your current course. If you wish to graduate with your original award and can complete the remaining subjects by the end of semester 1, 2021, you can continue. However, the following caveats apply:

If your course requires you to study Risk Management in Practice or Financial and Management Accounting, you must do so by no later than semester 2, 2020. 

If your course requires you to study Advanced Risk Management or Corporate Financial Management, you will need to study their equivalent replacement subjects, namely Enterprise Risk Management and Finance for Decision-making respectively. 

You may choose to transition to the new course. If this is the case the credit you have gained in your current course will be transferred to the new course. If you are early in your candidature having only completed one or two subjects, we recommend you transition to the new course. If you only have one or two subjects to complete, we recommend you continue with your current course. Please contact our customer service specialists for further information. 

Wherever possible all advanced standing will be honoured. However, in the case of the Graduate Diploma, depending on the pathway you choose to follow the requirements to complete core subjects may result in the loss of previously awarded advanced standing. Please contact our customer service specialists for further information. 

The existing Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance remains an educational qualifying program for membership of CGI. The new Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management is a new educational qualifying program for membership of CGI. The course has two pathways, one a qualifying program for the designation Chartered Secretary, the other a qualifying program for the new designation Chartered Governance Professional. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma qualifies  the graduate to apply for membership of CGI and the entitlement to use the relevant designation. Please contact our customer service specialists for further information. 

No. Transitioning to the new course only requires completion of a one-page 'Application for Transition', with no requirement for supporting documents.

Semester 1, 2020 will be the final opportunity to carry over a subject from the previous semester. If you failed or were unable to complete your subject in semester 2, 2019, you must inform us of your intention to carry over into semester 1, 2020. 

Failed subjects form semester 1, 2020 onwards must be repeated unless you have grounds for special consideration. 

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