Board Structure

Board Structure

A Good Governance Guide from the Governance Institute of Australia (1 of 4)

Posted on 20.11.2017


The first in a series of 4 articles focusing on governance in the not for profit sector.

The content is based on information from resources provided by the Governance Institute of Australia 

Board Structure

It is considered good governance for a not-for-profit (NFP) organisation to structure its board (read ‘council’, ‘management committee’ etc as applicable) to ensure achievement of its purpose while meeting its ethical, legal and financial obligations.

Board responsibilities
These will typically include:

  • accountability — ensuring the organisation meets its obligations
  • strategy — approving the strategic direction of the organisation and setting the appetite for risk
  • monitoring — ensuring adequate reporting is provided by management
  • policies — determining appropriate organisational policies to support the achievement of purpose
  • communication — representing the organisation to members and external stakeholders
  • resourcing — securing funding and personnel to support the activities of the organisation.

Structural elements
When considering an appropriate board structure, taking into consideration the size and complexity of the organisation, the following elements deserve attention:

  • board composition
  • establishment of committees
  • governance documents.

Board composition
Consideration should be given to a variety of aspects with regard to an appropriate mix of skills, gender, age, race, background, perspectives, beliefs and life experience.

Good Governance Guides
Governance Institute of Australia

For more information and resources on governance for your organisation go to GOVERNANCE






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