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Domains of governance capability diagram
Governance Academy

Domains of governance capability

Governance Academy exists to promote professional development and career adaptability through evidence-based education and training. Research undertaken by the Academy has identified the capabilities required by all governance professionals that are key to building success for the workforce, now and into the future. The capabilities fall into three domains of practice: how a person thinks and behaves, how they work and interact with others, and the more technical principles relating to what a governance professional does.


Governance Academy is working to develop micro-credentials to support the development of capability as identified through the research. Further information about the micro-credentials will be released in due course.

Academic leadership

An academic leadership team has been established to support the Academy in developing its postgraduate education. The team consists of:


Adjunct Associate Professor Anil Hargovan
Highest Qualification: LLM (Monash University)
Affiliation: Associate Professor, University of New South Wales (retired)
Expertise: Corporate Law


Adjunct Associate Professor Tracey Dodd
Highest Qualification: PhD (University of South Australia)
Affiliation: Director, Research Development, University of Adelaide; Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Expertise: Governance


Adjunct Associate Professor Kevin Adams
Highest Qualification: PhD (RMIT University)
Affiliation: Head, Graduate School of Business & Law, RMIT University (retired)
Expertise: Finance


Adjunct Associate Professor Jolene Morse
Highest Qualification: PhD (Deakin University)
Affiliation: Director, Financial Services Risk Management; Non-Executive Director, Inglewood & Districts Health Service; Leadership Futures Advisory Board member, Deakin University
Expertise: Risk


Adjunct Associate Professor Tom Baxter
Highest Qualification: PhD (University of Tasmania)
Affiliation: Lecturer, University of Tasmania (retired); Governance and Legal Consultant
Expertise: Secretarial Practice


Adjunct Associate Professor Ruth Ferraro
Highest Qualification: PhD (Middlesex University)
Affiliation: Professor of Practice, Sydney Institute of Higher Education; Interim Chair, Governance Board, Group Colleges Australia
Expertise: Strategy


Adjunct Associate Professor Geoff Airo-Farulla
Highest Qualification: PhD (Griffith University)
Affiliation: Executive Director Integrity and Review, Queensland Building and Construction Commission; Senior Lecturer, Griffith University (retired)
Expertise: Public Sector