Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management

About this course:

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management is a unique offering in the corporate governance and risk education space. This accredited postgraduate course draws from real-life case studies and practical examples to equip you with hands-on knowledge and intimately position yourself as your organisation’s greatest asset for driving responsible risk management and good governance. As with the Graduate Certificate, this course is ideal for governance and risk management practitioners and senior managers with responsibility for governance and risk management functions. It is also highly relevant for governance practitioners seeking to broaden their risk management skills.

This course provides two dedicated pathways, leading to two qualifying programs, where students exit with one qualifying program:

  • Qualifying program for Chartered Secretary; or the
  • Qualifying program for Chartered Governance Professional.

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management is the only course in Australia that is professionally accredited by and can lead to membership of the Chartered Governance Institute (CGI).

Why study this course?

When you complete this course, you will be:

  • The driving force for strong applied corporate governance and risk management practices.
  • Confident to fulfil your responsibilities as a highly regarded and qualified ‘risk and governance professional’;
  • Able to improve your financial literacy and enhance your skills to make informed financial decisions to deliver financially well-considered business outcomes;
  • Able to develop the best risk management strategies for your organisation by having in-depth knowledge about: legal, regulatory and compliance requirements including the Corporations Act 2001 and ASX Listing Rules frameworks and approaches to manage complex risk issues;
  • Able to develop the best risk management strategies for your organisation by having in-depth knowledge about: legal, regulatory and compliance requirements including the Corporations Act 2001 and ASX Listing Rules frameworks and approaches to manage complex risk issues;
  • Able to boost your earnings potential and give yourself the competitive edge in your career;
  • Able to join a network of leading risk managers, governance professionals and business leaders.

Course structure

Students complete six (6) subjects to a total of 60 credit points. Students choose subjects based on their sector of employment or interest (public or private) and then the qualifying program they wish to qualify for upon completing the course - Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional.

Students must successfully complete Phase 1 subjects (4) before they can enrol in Phase 2 subjects (2) to complete the six (6) subjects:

Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance & Risk Management    
Core subjects (x4 subjects)   Phase 1
Applied Corporate Law or Public Law and Government (Private / Public Sector)    
Corporate Governance    
Finance for Decision Making    
Risk and Compliance    
Qualifying program for Chartered Secretary (x2 subjects) Qualifying Program for Chartered Governance Professionals (x2 subjects) Phase 2
Corporate Accountability: Meetings and Disclosure (private sector); or  Enterprise Risk Management   
Public Sector Accountability and Transparency (public sector)  Risk Management Project; or   
Development of Strategy  Development of Strategy   

Students may complete these subjects in the order of their choice. However, commencing with Applied Corporate Law or Public Law and Government is recommended. Subject outlines are available by clicking on the above subject links or from our subject outlines page.

Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional. What is the Difference?

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management has two qualifying programs (or course streams):

  • Chartered Secretary; or
  • Chartered Governance Professional.

At Phase 2  of the course students must undertake two (2) subjects relevant to their qualifying program of choice – Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional.

What is the difference between Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional?

Chartered Secretary:

This is for students who currently occupy or who aspire to occupy a Company Secretary role or equivalent within the private or public sector. This position typically provides high level  and expert advice and support to the Board Chair and Board members, and ensures the Board operates and is compliant within its legislative requirements and other responsibilities.

This qualifying program provides students (working in the private sector) with specialist knowledge via the Corporate Accountability: Meetings and Disclosure subject, relating to company secretarial practice and the rules of company meetings and their application with particular reference to ASX Listing Rules and governance principles. For students working in the public sector, the subject Public Sector Accountability and Transparency provides an understanding of issues in relation to the role, functions, operations, transparency requirements and performance of public sector organisations. It examines underlying concepts and identifies best practice principles.

Students also study the subject Development of Strategy, which examines the elements, processes and techniques involved in the development and implementation of organisational strategy.

Chartered Governance Professional:

This is for students who have varied career aspirations within the governance and risk management sector – and will further appeal to students wishing to acquire advanced risk management knowledge and skills. The course has a  greater emphasis on risk management through the compulsory Phase 2 subject Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), which provides enhanced knowledge of enterprise risk management practices to assist the board, or another governing body, to determine its strategic responsibility for risk-taking; and how different risks operate within the context of existing enterprise management frameworks. Students’ final subject is a  choice between the Risk Management Project (which builds on ERM and the earlier Risk and Compliance subject) or Development of Strategy which examines the elements, processes and techniques involved in the development and implementation of organisational strategy.

How and when do I study?

Our postgraduate courses and all subjects are offered in the online study mode at Governance Institute. Online study complements our student demographic who are predominately mid-senior-level professionals who work full-time and study our courses part-time. Online study provides convenience and flexibility. The subject assessments are also conducted online.

Online study is conducted via our Online Learning Centre (OLC) and typically involves attending two (2) hours per week of live classes (a one-hour lecture and a one-hour discussion) for 12 weeks each semester where you will view your lecturer and other classmates on camera; all live classes are recorded and available in the OLC for reference. All subject materials (except textbooks) are available on the OLC for each week of learning.

When do I study? Timetable information is available on the key dates and fees page.

Course dates

The key semester dates are the same for students enrolled in postgraduate courses and non-award study. Refer to the key dates and fees page.

Additional information

 

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The Graduate Diploma is offered either full-time or part-time. Students typically take between 2-3 years to finish this course. You are expected to enrol in each semester after you commence your course. A maximum of four (4) years is permitted. A maximum of two leave of absence (LOA) sessions may be permitted from your semester of commencement.  

Completing the course in two years requires the completion of six subjects over four semesters. Three-year completion requires the completion of six subjects over six semesters.

Course fees for 2022 are charged each semester based on the number of subjects you study: Please refer to the key dates and fees page for further details.

Each subject requires students to commit to:

  • Attending two (2) timetabled hours of classes per week over 12 taught weeks;
  • Ten (10) personal study hours per taught week (preparing for classes by completing readings, and assessment preparation (the presentation and assignment); and
  • Twenty (20) personal study hours for examination preparation (noting the final examination is weighted at 50% of the total subject).

Please consider these requirements carefully when deciding on your subject load against your professional and personal commitments. For students who work full-time and who are commencing the course, we recommended enrolment in one (1) subject per semester and a subject load of no more than two (2) subjects per semester for all other students.

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress by passing all subjects as they progress through their course. Students who fail to make academic progress may have restrictions imposed on further enrolment or may be identified as “at risk” students, who will be notified and supported as Governance Institute deems appropriate under our Progression and Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Each subject in this course comprises three assessment items. Refer to the Assessment page for details

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How to Apply

Refer to our easy postgraduate course Admissions Process.  

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