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Perpetual / Australian Institute of Company Directors - Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders - 2019


Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders and Assessment Preparation Workshop - 2019

Perpetual, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) are pleased to make 17 scholarships available for Indigenous leaders to attend the AICD's Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders in Perth in April 2019. The scholarships are focused exclusively on supporting Indigenous communities and will be funded by Norman H Johns Trust and E B Myer Charity Fund (managed by Perpetual) and the AICD, administered by the ASF and delivered by the AICD.


Program Overview

The Company Directors Course, first run in 1975, is the most established director program in the world and has played a vital role in founding director knowledge and governance standards in Australia. With an average 4,000 participants each year, this is your opportunity to join a community of directors that is shaping the future of governance in Australia.


The Company Directors Course will provide you with frameworks that can be immediately applied to improve board performance and decision making. Over five and a half days you will develop your skills by exploring the director's role and responsibilities. You will embark on interactive working sessions through sector-specific case studies to apply and reinforce your knowledge. After completing the course, you should not only understand the roles and responsibilities of directors, but also improve your contributions to board performance.


This program is offered over 5.5 days and comprises 10 modules and a complimentary Assessment Preparation Workshop to prepare you for the assessment leading to the award of Graduate Member of Company Directors (GAICD).


Course Outline:


The Company Directors Course comprises ten modules:

  1. The Role of the Board and the Practice of Directorship
  2. Decision Making
  3. The Directors’ Duties and Responsibilities
  4. The Board’s Legal Environment
  5. Risk: Issues for Boards
  6. Strategy: The Board’s Role
  7. Financial Literacy for Directors
  8. Driving Financial Performance
  9. Achieving Board Effectiveness
  10. Learning into Practice



Why apply for the Company Directors' Course for Indigenous Business Leaders?

  • Improve your effectiveness as a director
  • Make a lasting contribution to your board
  • Boost the performance of your organisation 
  • Develop networks to strengthen your director portfolio
  • Make confident business decisions
  • Safeguard your liability position
  • Influence the Australian governance landscape
  • Gain credibility with use of the GAICD post nominal


Program criteria: who should attend?


The course is at postgraduate level and is tailored to experienced directors and those wishing to take their performance to the next level, as well as executives who need to understand governance issues in depth.


The Company Directors Course is essential for the professional development of anyone who wants to further their directorship skills and knowledge. Participants include executive and non-executive directors, CEOs and senior executives who report to boards. It is recommended that participants have appropriate professional experience in reporting to or being on a board before applying. The Company Directors Course award is recognised for advanced standing by 18 universities and institutions.



Course Details:

The Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders will run over 5.5 days face-to-face in Perth in April 2019. There is also approximately 60-80 hours of pre-reading required before the course takes place.

Course venue: Perpetual, 2 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000

Course dates: Monday 29 April - Saturday 4 May 2019

Course times: 

  • Monday - Friday: (arrival time 8:45am) 9am – 4:30pm AWST
  • Saturday: (arrival time 8:45am) 9am - 12:30pm AWST



Scholarship Overview

Scholarship recipients will be entitled to attend the full Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders as well as a complimentary Assessment Preparation Workshop, spanning 5.5 days in total. 


There are 17x full and partial scholarships available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander new or existing directors, public officials or senior executives reporting to a board in Western Australia and nationwide, as follows:

  • 4x full scholarships valued at $7,235 each. Full scholarships cover 100% of the associated course fees. 
  • 13x partial scholarships valued at $2,894 each. Partial scholarships cover 40% of the associated course fees. Recipients or their employer will be required to fund the remaining 60% course fees totalling $4,341 plus GST.

Please note:

  • By applying for this program, you acknowledge you will be considered for either a full or partial scholarship at the discretion and final decision of the scholarship assessment panel. You need to be prepared to fund the remaining course fees if you are awarded a partial scholarship.
  • If you have been awarded and accept a partial scholarship, your remaining course fees will be due by Friday 1 March 2019. You will be invoiced by AICD for this amount following the award of your scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to sit for the assessment leading to the award of Graduate Member of Company Directors, and will be required to attend all five and a half days of the course in person on the dates advertised.
  • Travel and/or accommodation expenses (if necessary) are to be covered by the successful candidates or their organisation.


Important Dates:

Applications open Monday 12 November 2018
Applications close Monday 10 December 2018
Scholarships awarded Tuesday 29 January 2019
Payment due from partial scholarship holders by Wednesday 6 March 2019
All scholarship holders complete pre-readings From Thursday 7 March (7.5 weeks)
Course dates Monday 29 April - Saturday 4 May 2019 (5.5 days)


Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • be a new or existing director, public official or senior executive reporting to a board
  • meet the AICD’s program criteria for the Company Directors Course (see above at "Program criteria: who should attend?")

The assessment panel will also consider the following factors in their decision:

  • support from the applicant's organisation(s) via an endorsement letter
  • the applicant's commitment to their organisation and/or the Indigenous sector 
  • the applicant's community involvement and leadership potential
  • the expected impact of the program on the applicant and their role / organisation

While this course is held in Perth WA, candidates from other states of Australia are welcome to apply provided they are able to fund their own travel and accommodation costs.


Application Process:


To apply, simply create an ASF profile and complete an online application form by clicking on 'APPLY NOW'. Please note, you will also be required to upload an endorsement letter written by your supporting organisation. **Start the application process to access tips on what to include in the letter and who should write it.**

Need help completing your online application? Download instructions for Creating a Profile Page and Making an Application.




More Information:


For more information about the program, please click here. For program queries, please contact the AICD's WA office directly. For assistance with the application process, please contact the team at ASF before the application deadline.


Applications for the Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders scholarships will close Monday 10 December, 2018 at 5pm AWST.



About Perpetual Philanthropic Services

Perpetual is one of Australia’s largest managers and distributors of philanthropic funds with $2.6 billion in funds under advice (as at 30 June 2017). Perpetual is trustee for more than 960 charitable trusts and endowments and provides individuals and families with advice on establishing charitable foundations and structured giving programs. Perpetual also assists charities and not-for-profit organisations with investment advice and management. 

About the Australian Institute of Company Directors

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is Australia's largest membership institute for directors. It is dedicated to making a positive impact on the economy and society by promoting professional directorship and good governance. AICD delivers knowledge and continuing learning in the field of directorship; enriches the capabilities of members with information, services, events and networks; influences the corporate governance environment in Australia; and promotes understanding of and respect for the role of directors.

Selection Criteria
The Scholarship is awarded jointly by ASF, AICD and Perpetual to applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents who fulfil the eligibility criteria and whose completion of the program would, in their view, benefit the individual and their organisation. Selection is based on the applicant meeting AICD entry requirements for the nominated program and written endorsement from the applicant's organisation.
Closing Date : 10/12/2018
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