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Effective Director Course


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Transform your approach to directorship, leadership and governance in our dynamic three-day course designed exclusively for senior executives and newly appointed and emerging board directors.


In this course, you will explore the role of the Company Director and the requirements for exceptional board participation under the guidance of industry veterans and executive recruitment specialists. Learn what it takes to be an effective contributor in the boardroom through a challenging simulation and practice your communication skills in a supportive environment.


Understand what boards are looking for from their executive team.


Our unique approach bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world application, ensuring you leave ready to make a tangible impact in your boardroom.

“The Effective Director Course provided me with an excellent balance of regulatory and governance theory with real life case studies of director behaviour and communication styles, which I can immediately apply to my current director role”
Richard Scott, Director of Geographies, Marketing, Communications and Business Development, Deloitte

Who is this course for?

  • • Executives reporting into a board
  • • Aspiring or newly appointed directors
  • • Executives seeking director transition pathways
  • • Directors wanting to refine their skills

Why choose the Effective Director Course?

Hear from the experts: Gain unparalleled insights from experienced executives, non-executive directors, and executive recruiters who bring their wealth of knowledge and real-life boardroom stories to the forefront of your learning experience.


Practical, hands-on learning: Our course is anchored in experiential learning, utilising a compelling case study to delve into the intricacies of boardroom dynamics. You’ll engage in a simulated board meeting, honing your directorial skills in real-time in a supportive environment.


Develop a comprehensive skill set: Explore the nuances of effective board practices, executive engagement, and strategic decision-making. Learn how to navigate and contribute to boardroom dynamics effectively, ensuring both personal and organisational success.


Unique networking opportunities: Extend your professional network, the course is designed to foster genuine connections and rapport among participants, setting a solid foundation for your learning journey.


Tailored options to suit your needs: Available in major cities across Australia for the face-to face experience, virtually for ultimate flexibility or a special inhouse delivery suitable for your organisation, the Effective Director Course is fit-for-purpose to meet your governance education needs.



“The Effective Director Course has allowed me to think about why I want to be a director, what kind of a director I will be and the impact I can  have on the companies I work with. Completing the Effective Director Course has given me the opportunity to equip myself with the necessary skills I need to become an effective director.”
Renez Lammon, Assistant Principal, Casuarina Street Independent Primary School

Effective Director Course

Women-only course also available

Boosting women on boards could help reduce the gender pay gap. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 26% of Australian businesses required to report their gender pay gap have NO female board members. To help women on their journey to the boardroom, Governance Institute offers an annual women-only Effective Director Course. Held virtually over three consecutive weeks in August, listen and learn from the real-world stories of our female facilitators and how they have successfully navigated the boardroom.

Women only Effective Director Course

New in 2024: Become an Effective Director in the Barossa Valley

Getaway for an immersive educational experience, making connections and enhancing your learning while in the tranquil surrounds of Australia’s renowned wine country. With luxurious accommodation at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, all inclusive meals and additional wine-tour activities, hone your networking and board director skills in an exclusive environment like no other.

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2024 Effective Director Courses

Where Date Register now
Melbourne, Victoria Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 July 2024
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Virtual —
Women’s-exclusive course
Tuesday 13 to Wednesday 28 August 2024
(two half days per week, over 3 weeks)
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South Australia —
Barossa Valley Residential
Wednesday 11 September (1-4:30pm Virtual) Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 September 2024
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Perth, Western Australia Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October 2024
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Sydney, New South Wales Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 November 2024
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Melbourne, Victoria Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 November 2024
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Virtual live zoom Tuesday 3 to Thursday 12 December 2024
(one day per week, over 3 weeks)
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For more information about our 2024 Effective Director Course and schedule, please call our friendly team on 1800 251 849 or email