Governance refers to the processes, activities and relationships that make sure your charity is effectively and properly run.

Good governance is when charities have practices and procedures in place that help them to do their work effectively and openly, and when the roles and responsibilities of people in the charity are clearly understood. This includes the particular roles of board members and the roles of staff, volunteers and members.

Good governance is more than the rules of your charity and the individual behaviours of board members. It involves strong relationships between the members of your governing body and stakeholders and is much more about working as a collective than the individual responsibilities.

Charities registered with the ACNC are bound by the ACNC Governance Standards - a set of core, minimum standards that deal with how charities are run.