NFP Board Experience Program

Establish a rewarding new relationship and boost your skills and experience at any stage of your career.

About the Not-for-profit Board Experience Program

The Not-for-profit Board Experience program is for early and mid-career CAs who want first-hand experience with NFP Board members as a Board Observer. 

Not only can Board members of Not-for-profit organisations build rewarding relationships with the mentee, they can also  help them develop opportunities that have a positive impact on their communities. 

Board Observers

Board Observers are matched with a Director on an NFP Board to mentor them as they observe  board meetings. Board Observers also attend formal workshops facilitated by the Governance Institute while working towards obtaining the Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits from the Governance Institute. 

Program details for Board Observers

  • During the program Board Observers:
    • Attend and observe Board meetings over duration of the program
    • Have discussions with Board members on relevant activity and for preparation for meetings
    • Attend five, 4-hour workshops during the program, run by corporate governance experts at the Governance Institute
    • Attend three scheduled networking events to meet participating Boards members and peers 
    • Present their experiences to other program participants at the debrief event

    On successful completion of the program Board Observers are eligible for CPD from 20 hours*^ 

    * Additional CPD hours eligible for attending scheduled networking events

    ^Additional hour-for-hour CPD eligible for Board meetings attended

    Participants can progress straight to GIA Assessment for full accreditation once they have completed the five workshops. 

Board Members

This is your opportunity to make a difference to CAs looking to take a leadership position on a Not-for-profit Board and provide skills and expertise guidance to members who want to help their communities. The program is voluntary for members who currently sit on a Not-for-profit Board.

Program details for Board Members

  • During the program Board Members will

    During the program Board Members will: 

    • Be assigned an early to mid-stage CA ‘Board Observer’;
    • Contact their Board Observer to organise and support their attendance at Board meetings
    • Meet with them between board meetings (online or face to face) to discuss Board activity and prepare for discussions and future meetings 
    • Attend three scheduled networking events to meet other participating board members and peers 
    • Support and promote the program within your network 

    As a mentor in the program, Board Members are eligible for CPD from 4 hours*

    *Mentors in the NFP Board Experience Program are entitled to claim CPD hours for the duration of all board meetings attended by their Board Observer. In addition to this, CPD hours are also applicable for attending the NFP Board Experience Program open and close events and mid-way catch-up.

How are program participants matched?

Matches are based on mentee career goals, Not-for-profit interests, and a mentor's background, Not-for-profit experience and governance competencies.

Program timing

Confirmed matches will be invited to a program launch in February. The program will conclude in November.


The Not-for-Profit Board Experience Program is voluntary for mentors to participate in.

The application fee for Board Observers is AUD $165. This amount will be deducted from the full fee once successfully matched in the program. If you are not successfully matched this amount will be refunded to you.

The full fee for Board Observers, once successfully matched is A$2,600.

How to apply

Applications to participate in the NFP Board Experience program 2023 will be open mid-2022. Register your interest below to be notified when applications open.

The program is currently available to full Chartered Accountants ANZ members in select Australian States (NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD, SA, NT and WA). We are working with providers to offer the program to further locations in Australia and New Zealand for future programs. If you are based in a region where the program is currently not offered, please register to let us know your interest below.

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Register your interest to be notified when applications open for the next intake of the NFP Board Experience program.

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