Assessment components

There are two compulsory assessment components (assignment and examination) for all subjects other than the Risk Management Project subject.

Students must attain an aggregated mark of 50 per cent for their total assessment requirements in order to pass each subject. To pass a subject, a student must attain both an aggregated assignment and exam mark of not less than 50 per cent and an exam mark that is not less than 40 per cent.

The assignment is a compulsory piece of assessment. In order to pass the subject, you must submit a written answer to the assignment, which, in the opinion of the National Director, Education and Training, demonstrates a genuine attempt to pass the assignment.

The assessment for the Risk Management Project subject consists of a Project Brief (worth 25 per cent) and a Risk Report (worth 75 per cent). Both assessment components are compulsory.

For non-award students, assessment is optional. However, if you later wish to complete any of the postgraduate courses, assessment is mandatory.

View all policies relating to all postgraduate courses.


Dates & results

Assessment one dates

Dates for submission of assignments and Risk Management Project brief for 2017 are:

  • Semester 1 — Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • Semester 2 — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
  • Risk Management Project brief — refer to semester timetable.

Assessment two dates

The examination dates and submission date for Risk Management Project risk report for 2017 are:

  • Semester 1 — week commencing Monday, 12 June 2017
  • Semester 2 — week commencing Monday, 13 November 2017
  • Risk Management Project risk report — refer to semester timetable.

The main examination for all states will be held on the Tuesday of the examination week. Examinations held on this day are primarily held in the evening.

Students sitting more than one examination will have arrangements made to sit the additional paper on another day during the designated examination week.


Semester results will be released approximately five weeks after the examination week and will be accessible on your academic record via Governance Institute’s website.

Students will be notified by email when results are available.

Examination venues

Exam venues are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

On request, Governance Institute will make arrangements for students outside these capital cities to sit exams at a local university or TAFE. These candidates will be required to pay the institution’s exam supervision fee directly.


Prizes for academic excellence are awarded each semester in most subjects at both a national and state level and are recognised at graduation and awards events held in each state. A list of prize winners is published in Governance Institute's professional journal, Governance Directions.


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