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QLD Discussion group: Not-for-profit

21 March 2024 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Governance Institute of Australia Level 8, 100 Creek Street, Brisbane City QLD
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Non-Member $35
Subscriber $25

The hidden costs of Government contracts

Government contracts commonly provide funding solely for the costs of delivery of services rather than the costs to administer the contract itself. For example, the salary costs for back end staff to prepare progress reports, final reports or the acquittal. Whilst these costs may be obvious what is not are the costs to implement the various regulatory obligations that but for the delivery of the contract the not-for-profit organisation would not need to expend.

In this NFP discussion group we will explore the hidden costs of Government contracts and discuss ways in which your NFP organisation has sought to identify, reduce and in some cases negotiated with the Government to reduce the hidden costs.

Bring your thoughts to the table. Join your not-for-profit peers for an informal roundtable exchange of ideas and practical advice. This is your unique opportunity to discuss current trends and issues in your role and an excellent opportunity to build your NFP network.


Michele Clatworthy, Chief Financial Officer, Healthy Land and Water

In the role of Chief Financial Officer, Michele provides proven leadership, strategic advice to internal and external stakeholders and manages the timely deliverables of a contemporary financial services team.  Michele has over 25 years of executive and board level experience across the commercial and not for profit sectors. As well as Chief Financial Officer, she has previously acted as Company Secretary and National Strategic Advisor and Member of various Committees for the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Michele is an expert at leading strategic development and financial management and has a passion for supporting the considerable contributions of the not-for-profit sector.  She has represented the professional issues and needs of CPA members as a past a member of CPA Australia (QLD) commerce committee. She has acted as a volunteer director promoting improved social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for children.  As an experienced transformation leader that understands the importance of building empowered teams, Michele currently applies considerable business experience to Healthy Land and Waters’ strategic priorities to protect and enhance South East Queensland’s natural assets.

Michele has a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy and is a Fellow of the CPA.

Debora Jackson FGIA, Chair, Micah Projects

Debora has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services and NFP sectors, in C-suite executive, and Non-Executive Board roles.

As a practiced non-executive director, with a demonstrated history of working in the 'Profit for Purpose' sector, Debora is a strong outcomes and governance driven professional, with proven ability to work across a range of industry sectors.   She has skills in Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Risk Management.

Debora is currently Chair of the GIA Queensland State Council and Chairs the Board of Micah Projects Ltd; a Brisbane based Social Services organization.  Debora facilitates several GIA education courses, and provides governance consulting services to Boards.

Debora holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne; a Certificate of Organisational Leadership, London Business School (2010); and successfully completed ‘The Effective Director’ course, at the Governance Institute of Australia.

Learning outcomes

Explore current and future risk management practices in the not-for-profit sector.

Who should attend?

We welcome anyone in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, especially charities and associations, health and aged care organisations, and schools.


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