Governance for good - The ACNC’s guide for charity board members

Introduction from the Commissioner

Charities are an essential part of the fabric of Australian society and reach into every community across Australia, as well as beyond our shores.

They enrich our culture, protect our environment, educate our children, enable us to practice our faith, promote our health and wellbeing, strengthen our democracy, contribute to good public policy and advocate on behalf of individuals and communities.

Charities can do none of this without their board members. These members have the ultimate responsibility for running the charity, managing its finances, its operations and managing staff and volunteers. Being a board member can be hard work and is normally unpaid, but it can also be immensely rewarding.

Remember that as a board member, you are not on your own. We hope this guide will provide you with some helpful information, and if you need more help our ACNC staff are committed to helping support you and your charity in its important work.

Best wishes

The Hon. Dr Gary Johns

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