Governance for Community Organisations
Supporting boards and
committees of management
to ensure organisations are
sustainable and well governed.
Being an effective Secretary and Public Officer

This workshop will explain the responsibilities expected to be undertaken and give practical advice and hints that will support success. Public Officer information will be looked at from a Victorian perspective.

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How to Read Your Finance Reports - we aren’t all accountants.

Help – I’m not an accountant!

It’s OK – you don’t need to be. This workshop will break down a finance report into language that is understandable and help ask the right questions to support a financially healthy organisation.

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Individual Governance Assessments

These uncomplicated and painless investigations of your organisations governance and financial health are designed to identify the strengths and areas of concern. They are carried out respectfully by our expert team resulting in a clear and articulate report.

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Being an Effective Chair

So, you have taken on the role as Chair in a community group and might be wondering what you have got yourself into.

This workshop will explain the legalities and give you the knowledge needed to be confident in your role. Practical tips will make you look like an expert in no time.

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Introduction to being a Board/CoM Member

“What have I signed on for?” is what we often hear in this workshop. Well, let us unpack that for you.

This workshop will give you the confidence to not only understand your role but also the skills to support great outcomes for your organisation.

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Strategic Planning, Risk & Financial Management
Supporting organisations to achieve their goals by ensuring healthy risk and financial management and good forward planning.
Volunteer workforces
Supporting both Volunteer Involving Organisations and volunteers to experience the best outcomes through volunteering.


Hear from people who have used our services

  • Vivienne Cunningham is one of the best facilitators of governance training we have known.  Kerry and I have been directors on boards for over 15 years. This is so important for us as Directors of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.  Vivienne presents all her information in a culturally safe environment with no judgment of who we are as Directors.  We feel culturally safe to ask any question to ensure we are meeting our due diligence responsibilities which includes what our roles and responsibilities are as directors and how we can most importantly apply the cultural lens to these roles. 

    Karen Milward and Kerry Arabena
    Chair and Deputy Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Karen Milward, Chairperson of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.

  • The finance training Vivienne took us through really empowered us as Aboriginal directors to ask more questions on the profit and loss and balance sheets which we have otherwise missed in board meeting conversations – we are now more vigilant in our questioning and understanding which empowers us to be the best we can to steer our organisations to meet our strategic planning and governance obligations. 

    Karen Milward and Kerry Arabena
    Chair and Deputy Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Karen Milward, Chairperson of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.

  • We fully recommend to anyone that when you do Vivienne’s training as CEO of EV it will change your life and future direction as a Director on a non-for-profit board.

    Karen Milward and Kerry Arabena
    Chair and Deputy Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Karen Milward, Chairperson of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.

  • “As a small, grass roots organisation we were thrilled to be able to access such useful and positive advice on the governance of our organisation.  The 2 Governance Health Checks I have been involved in provided a firm foundation to build from and gave us confidence in where we are going or where we need to be. We wouldn’t be where we are today without it.”

    Kumari Van de Meer
    Past Chair Yarra Ranges Kindergartens and Swinburne Children’s Centre

  • Feedback from participants of VTCTA members.
    “Very practical guidance - genuine experience and passion for good governance was evident.”
    “I feel that I have been given so much governance training, but this is simply the best I have ever been part of.”
    “I feel confident nominating for a new Committee of Management (board) after undertaking this governance training.”

    Suzanne Phoenix
    Executive Officer VICTAS Community Transport Association (VTCTA)

  • “Viv is outstanding in both her knowledge, experience and capacity to deliver this material that can be extremely daunting in a way that makes everything accessible and easy to understand and apply. A person of the highest integrity! To be commended! Ripper presentation and one that has me almost panicking about how under-planned my PCA committee actually is!”

    Governance workshops delivered in 2021

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