About us

Governance Institute of Australia is the only independent professional association with a sole focus on whole-of-organisation governance — best practice culture and ethics from the boardroom to the staff room.

We are a leading professional membership association dedicated to the support and empowerment of those responsible for governance and risk management.

Our events, education programs and extensive resources, provide our 8,000+ members and subscribers with the tools and knowledge to drive strong, accountable performance in their role and enhance their career in the future.

Our mission

Governance Institute seeks to be the leader in the promotion and application of the practice of whole-of-organisation governance to drive responsible performance.

We will strive to see that: 

  • Australia’s governance frameworks lead the world in facilitating a strong economy underpinned by responsible performance
  • current members and aspiring chartered secretaries, governance professionals and risk managers are provided with the best education, resource support and career support to enhance their professional standing
  • the organisation is strategically focused on being innovative, encouraging positive engagement with, and influencing, all stakeholders; and fostering a culture and values that ensure it is sustainable.


Governance Institute of Australia is also a division of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) with an ancestry dating back over 125 years.

Initially formed when a group of influential company secretaries joined together to form a society that would promote their professional interests, ICSA is now an international body, with over 30,000 members living and working in over 80 countries.

In 1909 the Australian division of ICSA gained independence from its parental London body and in 1947 all Australian branches merged under the name Chartered Institute of Secretaries.

Skip forward to 2013 and that very organisation became Governance Institute of Australia   with its whole-of-organisation approach to every aspect of governance.

International associations

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) 

Corporate Secretaries International Association