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Accidental Company Secretary

Accidental Company Secretary®

Accidental Company Secretary is one of the Governance Institute’s most popular courses. This course is your gateway to mastering the intricacies of the Company Secretary position, equipping you with the knowledge to navigate the legal landscape confidently and contribute effectively to your organisation’s governance.

Course overview

The Company Secretary is a pivotal role supporting the board’s effectiveness, its committees, and directors, ensuring the integrity of the governance framework. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the role, responsibilities and functions within the context of the Corporations Act, ASIC regulations, and the ASX Corporate Governance Principles. While the focus is primarily on publicly listed and unlisted companies, the principles are equally applicable to public sector and not-for-profit organisations.


Course objectives

  • Recognise the core duties of a Company Secretary. 
  • Describe the range of legal responsibilities of the role.
  • Define the typical tasks and activities of a Company Secretary.
  • Find and apply useful resources to excel in the role.


Why study this course?

This course is ideal for aspiring and current company secretaries, board members, and governance professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills in corporate governance.


What will you learn?

  • The legal and regulatory landscape governing company secretaries.
  • Practical approaches to managing board and member meetings.
  • Strategies for maintaining compliance and effective governance practices.


Learning objectives

  • Appointment and Duties of the Company Secretary
  • Corporate Governance
  • Board Meetings
  • Members’ Meetings


Key information

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Delivery: Online with optional face-to-face workshops
  • Assessment: Case study analysis and online quizzes
  • CPD Points: 5 CPD hours


Assessment for this course consists of: 

  • Knowledge checks as you progress, 
  • Multiple choice quiz questions, and 
  • A short, written response to a real-world case study.


Course price

Face-to-face and Virtual Online (2024)
Member pricing $515 $510
Subscriber pricing $615 $605
Non-Member pricing $655 $615

CPD hours

Capability: Environmental & Social Governance – 6 CPD hours.
Find out more about CPD hours and requirements here.

Course dates

Where Format Date
Sydney, NSW Face-to-face 25 July Register
Sydney, NSW Face-to-face 4 September Register
Brisbane, QLD Face-to-face 9 September Register
Hobart, TAS Face-to-face 24 September Register
Virtual Virtual 26 September Register
Perth, WA Face-to-face 23 October Register
Virtual Virtual 30 October Register
Virtual Virtual 12 November Register
Brisbane, QLD Face-to-face 26 November Register
Melbourne, VIC Face-to-face 28 November Register

Academic profile

The course is designed and delivered by seasoned governance experts and legal professionals with extensive academic and industry experience.



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