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ASF is thrilled with our partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia, which assists us in our mission of strengthening the not-for-profit (NFP) sector through education, training and development opportunities for staff of NFPs. ASF has had the pleasure of partnering with ICDA since September 2014, and since then we have awarded 5x 100% scholarships for the ICDA's Diploma of Business (Governance) course. These scholarships were generously funded by ICDA and the Bankwest Foundation as part of the Community Leader Scholarship Program.


Bankwest Foundation / Institute of Community Directors Australia - Diploma of Business (Governance)

The Bankwest Foundation and the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) support the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations by generously offering up to 5x 100% scholarships for those living and working for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to study ICDA’s Diploma of Business (Governance) program.

ICDA's Diploma of Business (Governance) program is designed specifically for Australian not-for-profit board/committee members, and the CEOs, managers and senior staff who work alongside them. Valued at $4495, the program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to sit on or work with boards at the highest level.

Patrick Moriarty

A few words from Patrick Moriarty, ICDA's Executive Director

Tell us a little bit about your organisation.

"The Institute of Community Directors Australia is the best practice governance network for the members of Australian not-for-profit boards, committees and councils, and the senior staff members who work alongside them.

An Our Community enterprise, the Institute is Australia's leading provider of information, tools, training and qualifications for Australian not-for-profits."

Why did your organisation decide to partner with ASF to offer scholarships to the NFP sector?

"The Institute of Community Directors Australia is focused on developing good governance skills nation-wide. Our partnership with ASF and the Bankwest Foundation, gave us the opportunity to offer governance training in Western Australia for the first time.

Since delivery of the scholarships, the Institute has committed to delivering further training on the ground in Western Australia. We look forward to continuing this work in Western Australia (and all around the country) and to scholarship partnerships that will help us extend our reach in to regional and rural Australia."

What outcome do you hope to achieve as a result of these scholarships?

"Very early in our history, we realised that the boards and committees overseeing Australia's 600,000 not-for-profit groups were absolutely central to the reform of the sector - that there was really no issue of greater importance.

A healthy, productive, functional governance team is the key to every aspect of a not-for-profit group's health - its fundraising capacity; its diversity; its innovation; its financial health; its planning; its responsiveness to opportunities and challenges; its value in serving the community.

The scholarships we have delivered through ASF with the generous support of the Bankwest Foundation have helped us train community board members in Western Australia. We know that the experiences, skills and knowledge shared with these scholarships recipients will ripple through their organisations and improve the social fabric of their communities.

Outcomes don’t get much better than that."

What is something interesting that people may not know about your organisation?

"The Institute, by virtue of its relationship with Our Community, is recognised as a Certified B Corporation – in fact, it’s one of the highest rate B Corporations in Australia.

B Corporations are organisations that seek to redefine success in business by blending financial and social imperatives. Certified B Corps meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

To find out more about the B Corporation movement, visit www.bcorporation.net."

Is there anything else you would like to add?

"For too long, not-for-profit board members and their supporters have put up with a second-rate reputation and second-rate education. Not anymore. Graduates of the Institute of Community Director's Diploma of Business (Governance) enjoy enhanced employment opportunities, access to higher-level governance roles, and pathways to further study nationally and overseasOur Diploma of Business (Governance) is Australia's only currently approved diploma-level governance qualification and is recognised nationally."

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Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson, Board Member at Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA)

Awarded a BankWest Foundation / Institute of Community Directors Australia scholarship for a Diploma of Business (Governance), October 2014

"The number one thing I’ve gained out of the course has been a much better understanding of the legislative and compliance requirements of the board. I’m confident now that I understand the various parts of good governance and compliance, and what I need to do to ensure we meet our requirements in those areas. I’ve also really benefitted from learning more about reading financial reports, and also about the strategic planning cycle. t’s still early days, but I’ve already begun putting my hand up for more things at board meetings, as I’m just more confident that I can make a useful contribution now."

Click here to read Stephanie's full scholar profile.

Alison White

Alison White, CEO at People Who Care Inc.

Awarded a BankWest Foundation / Institute of Community Directors Australia scholarship for a Diploma of Business (Governance), October 2014

"I commenced the Diploma in November 2014 so I am still working through the course units however I have implemented quite a bit from it so far. I have seen how Governance shapes and influences organisational culture as much as it drives the organisation's purpose. The course has contributed to a review of our risk management and has had a strong influence on valuing our workforce and improving our retention through our rewards and recognition program. A good part of the last year has been on renewing our strategic plan and includes activities on future sustainability and diversification of revenue which was timely given the course dates and our organisation's current position. I have really benefitted from the course and believe it will continue to assist me in my role."

Click here to read Alison's full scholar profile.

Click here to apply for an ICDA scholarship!