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Welcome to your Governance and Charities Governance Code course and resource site brought to you by Carmichael. We hope you find the information contained on the site helpful as you implement good governance and the Charities Governance Code in your organisation.






Structured as a practical and instructive 7.5 hours long eLearning course, the Governance and Charities Governance Code course and resource site provides you with a step-by-step approach to implementing  appropriate standards of good governance in your non-profit organisation.


Completing the Course

It is recommended that you complete each lesson in turn. The first six lessons consider each of the six principles of the Charities Governance Code. Lessons 7 and 8 provide you with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees who sit on the boards of companies limited by guarantee. Lesson 9 lists the steps involved in the Charities Governance Code compliance reporting process. The final lesson provides you with easy access to the templates and resources referred to during the course. Upon completion of lesson 10, you will have an opportunity to complete the short Course Quiz and download a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the quiz.

It should be noted that the templates and resources that accompany this course are designed specifically for companies limited by guarantee. As a result, the term ‘board member’ is used interchangeably with that of ‘charity trustee’. Once Lesson 10 has been accessed, you may login into the course at any time thereafter and click on the Templates and Resources lesson title in the Associated Content panel to go directly to the Lesson 10 resources page.


Charity Type

The Charities Regulator expects all charities to meet all of the core standards that are outlined in the six principles of the Charities Governance Code. In addition, more complex organisations will be required to meet both core standards and an additional set of standards. Each charity will have to decide itself whether the charity should meet additional standards. Factors that will influence this decision include:

  • the charity’s income;
  • the number of employees; and
  • the complexity of activities e.g. number of volunteers, operating overseas, large volume of volunteers.


Target Audience

This course is designed for social enterprises that are registered or intend to register as charities. It provides an easy-to-follow guide for board members, charity trustees, managers and volunteers tasked with implementing good governance practices that are compliant with the Charities Governance Code.

The course is also designed to help new charity trustees learn about their governance role and responsibilities and may form part of board induction training.

The resources and templates that accompany the course may prove helpful for trustees and managers who do not have a background in corporate governance or policy development.



Carmichael would like to acknowledge this project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.



To access the resources on this eLearning site:


  • Look through the Charities Governance Code template contained beneath. This will give you an understanding of the scope of the Code and what it demands of organisations.

         Click on document link to open: Charities Regulator charities-governance-code


  • Proceed through the lessons and topics sequentially, remembering to click on the ‘Mark Complete’ button located at the end of each lesson page. Once you have clicked the ‘Mark Complete’ button, you may then progress to the next lesson or topic on the list.


  • Some lesson and topic pages contain interactive resources. Click on the ‘Next’ buttons or arrows on the resource to move from one screen to the next within each of these resources.


  • Document names in blue within a lesson or topic page denote that the document is available to download. Just click on the document name (in blue) to open for viewing and download.


  • Each of the templates referred to throughout the course is available to download from a single page in Lesson 10: Resources and Templates.


  • Lesson 9 provides you with instructions to help your organisation comply with the Charities Governance Code on an annual basis.


Please click on the first lesson in the table below to begin exploring this resource site.

Course Content

Lessons Status

Principle 1: Advancing Charitable Purpose


Principle 2: Behaving with Integrity


Principle 3: Leading People


Principle 4: Exercising Control


Principle 5: Working Effectively


Principle 6: Being Accountable and Transparent


Board Roles and Responsibilities


The Role of Company Secretary


Complying with the Charities Governance Code


Resources and Templates


Course Quiz