Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance

Your career passport!
Accelerate your career — Australia and beyond

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance provides you with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in good governance. This is the only course in Australia that leads to becoming an internationally recognised Chartered Secretary. You’ll be taught by industry expert practitioners and academics in governance, and gain insight from special guest presenters. Advance your career and be qualified to assume corporate governance responsibilities. Download the handbook for more information.

What's in it for you?

  • Take advantage of flexible learning – online, face-to-face or intensive study
  • Formalise your knowledge with a TEQSA-accredited qualification
  • Hear from industry-leading practitioners
  • Gain membership with Governance Institute
  • Gain membership with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)  the only course in Australia that leads to this
  • Become a Chartered Secretary we’re the only professional association in Australia through which this can be gained


Choose between the public or private sector stream for the first two subjects.

Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance 
Private sector stream Public sector stream
Applied Corporate Law Public Law and Government 
Corporate Accountability: Meetings and Disclosure      Public Sector Accountability and Transparency 
Corporate Governance
Risk and Compliance
Financial and Management Accounting 
Corporate Financial Management 

University recognition 

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance is recognised prior learning at the following universities and programs:

  • AIM — MBA
  • Federation University — MBA
  • Kaplan — MappFin and GDAppFin
  • La Trobe University — MMgmt (CorpGov&Risk)
  • University of Newcastle — MBA
  • University of Sunshine Coast — MBA
  • University of WA — MBA

More information

For more information you can download the handbook, or contact us via email


What our graduates and members say

Helen Hardy FGIA, Company Secretary, Origin Energy Limited

A few years ago, I was looking to build on my governance experience with further education. I considered a Masters of Law with a governance stream, but chose the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance as it was — and still is — the only course with a sole focus on corporate governance. The knowledge I gained from the course prepared me for the challenges and opportunities of working with Australia’s top listed companies. It also connected me to peers in other governance roles.

Build on experience

Damon Sweeny AGIA, Corporate Governance Specialist, Ampere Ltd

The Graduate Diploma is a lot more than education. Apart from gaining a comprehensive and invaluable foundation in governance knowledge, you get to rub shoulders with other like-minded professionals and experts, use them as a resource, and add their combined, rich understanding of context and practice to enhance your own. Get involved, at whatever level you can.

Motivational distance learning

Carlo Lacrimini AGIA, Financial Controller, Mid Continent Equipment Pty Ltd

The Graduate Diploma of Corporate Governance is a very interesting course. I found the structure of each unit to be fantastic and motivated me to study which was important for me as I was doing the course via distance learning.