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Approved providers of governance training and courses


In January 2014, the Education Act 1990 ('the Act') was amended to require registered non-government schools to have and implement policies and procedures for the proper governance of the school.

For individual non-government schools, the requirement is detailed in section 3.9 of the NESA Registered and Accredited Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual ('the Manual'). For systemic non-government schools, the requirement is detailed in section 5.9 of the NESA Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The initial and ongoing professional learning of a school's 'responsible persons' is a key aspect of proper governance.

The Manual specifies the following minimum professional learning requirements for a school's 'responsible persons:

  • the mandatory completion of a minimum of twelve hours professional learning with regard to governance issues for each 'responsible person' for the school over each three year period from the time of commencing as a 'responsible person'; to be delivered by a NESA approved training provider
  • an induction process for new responsible persons for a school including, at a minimum, the mandatory successful completion of a NESA approved training program delivered by a NESA approved training provider. 

NESA approved training providers are listed below. NESA approval is for the specified provider to deliver the content of the specified professional learning. The Administrative guidelines for approval of training providers and courses relating to proper governance of non-government schools ('the Guidelines') refer to the approved professional learning as an approved 'course'. The Guidelines are available in the section below. Approval is based on the content of the course aligning with the governance requirements detailed in the Manual.


Administrative guidelines for approval of training providers and courses relating to proper governance of non-government schools ('the Guidelines')

Download the Guidelines 


Submission for approval to become a NESA approved training provider of courses relating to proper governance of non-government schools

Download the Submission form (Word version)

Download the Submission form (PDF version)


Submission fees (non-refundable)

There is no submission fee for 'not-for-profit' organisations.

Organisations operating 'for-profit' are required to pay a fee prior to a submission being assessed. The fee is based on a cost recovery calculation. The fee schedule is as follows:

  • submission of 1 to 3 courses - $400
  • submission of 4 to 6 courses - $800
  • submission of 7 or more courses - fee to be negotiated

The fee is subject to change. The fee published above is always the most up-to-date.

NESA approval is limited to approving that the identified organisation's course content addresses the governance requirements in section 3.9 of the Manual. 


NESA approved training providers

The list of approved training providers will be updated from time to time, as necessary. The list is current as of 20 March 2017.


Contact details

Approved courses

Governance Institute of Australia


1800 251 849


  • Governance Essentials
  • Not-for-Profit Financial Management
  • Not-for-Profit Officers, Directors and the Board
  • Assessing, Analysing and Treating Risk
  • Meeting Compliance Requirements
  • Not-for-Profit Regulatory Compliance
  • Financial Governance for Schools
  • School Governance NSW
  • Duties of Officers and Directors
  • Governance and Risk Management
  • Legal Framework of Governance
  • Risk Management Essentials
  • Risk Management Frameworks
  • Not-for-Profit Governance Forum




Association of Independent Schools of NSW 


02 9299 2845


  • Introduction to School
    Governance - Module 1
  • School Governance - Module 2
  • Legal Compliance - Module 3
  • Financial Compliance - Module 4
  • Current and Emerging Issues
  • Effective Governance
  • Board Responsibilities
  • AISNSW Governance Symposium (17 April 2015)
  • Schools Security Seminar (21 July 2015)
  • Executive Supervision
  • Managing Risk




Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) 


02 9287 1520


  • CECNSW Governance for Congregational Schools Workshop (27 February 2015)
  • The CEC website provides compliance advice inclusive of access to a training option
  • Introduction to Governance for NSW Catholic Systems and Schools
  • Governance in the NSW Catholic Sector




Australian Institute of Company Directors 


02 8248 8457


  • Company Directors Course 
  • Foundations of Directorship
  • Governance Foundations for NFP Directors
  • In the Boardroom: Responsibilities and Practice
  • Developing your Director Career
  • Not-for-Profit Board Dynamics




Christian Education National (CEN)

02 4773 5832


  • Part 1 - Board Basics
  • Part 2 - Board Priorities
    • Financial Governance
    • Risk Management and Management for School Governance
  • Part 3 - Standards and Compliance




Good Samaritan Education

0400 241 048


  • Induction Program for Responsible Persons
  • Strategic Planning for Good Samaritan Education
  • Strategic Planning for a Good Samaritan College
  • Leadership of a Good Samaritan College
  • Purpose, Not for Profit Nature & Accountability to Members
  • Compliance with Australian Laws
  • Suitability of Responsible Persons
  • Duties of Responsible Persons and Conflict of Interest
  • Governance Policies and Procedures
  • Related Party Transactions Register and External Audit Requirements
  • Matters to be Notified to BOSTES by Responsible Persons
  • Not-for-profit Guidelines for NSW Non-Government Schools




Christian Schools Australia (CSA)

02 9887 1699


  • Responsible Officer Induction Course
  • The School Governance Environment Module




Chris Bertinshaw


0417 212 969


  • School Council Governance Course
  • Governance for SASC School Councillors
  • Effective Leadership of the School Council
  • Risk: Issues for School Councils
  • Understanding School Finances
  • Strategic Planning for School Councils
  • Evaluating the School Council and the Principal




Optimal School Governance


0400 554 909


  • School Governance Basics
  • Best Practice in School Governance
  • Effective School Governance




CompliSpace Pty Ltd

02 9299 6105


  • Governance for non-government schools - an overview
  • The Education Act & non-government schools registration requirements
  • Enterprise risk management for non-government schools
  • Compliance for non-government schools
  • Conflicts of interest and related party transactions
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Induction Program




Resolve Consulting Group

02 4324 4800


  • Board Responsibilities and Policies
  • Board Operations
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • School Financial Management




Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA)

03 9426 3220


  • EREA Governance Statement
  • EREA Board Code of Conduct Review
  • EREA Risk Management Framework
  • Matters to be notified to the BOSTES
  • The legal structure of the proprietor (TEREA)
  • Conflicts of Interest and Related Party Transactions
  • EREA 'Responsible Persons' Policy and Procedures




Sydney Catholic Schools Archdiocese of Sydney

02 9568 8202


  •  Responsible Persons Training
    • Governance and Ethics
    • School Leadership
    • Accountability and Policy
    • Risk Management




Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay - Catholic Schools Office

02 9847 0356


  • Diocesan Governance Structures and Processes
  • Conflict of Interest and Related Party Transactions
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Governance




Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle - Catholic Schools Office (CSO)

02 4979 1210


  • Diocesan Governance structures and processes
  • Governance case studies
  • Risk management
  • Financial governance
  • Responsible Person Induction
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