Governance Training for Community Organisations – Melbourne

All three sessions are now fully booked.

Please send an email to to be added to a waitlist.


VCOSS and Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law team are partnering to provide community organisations with governance and legal training at an affordable cost.

There are three different training courses available in March 2019.

You can opt to attend one, two or all three. Read more about each session below:

  • Session 1: Governing a Community Organisation, Tue 5 March, 10am to 1pm
  • Session 2: Safety, Risk and Insurance, Tue 5 March, 2pm to 5pm
  • Session 3: Privacy Law for Not-for-profit Organisations, Wed 6 March, 9.30am to 12.30pm 

Session 1: Governing a Community Organisation *BOOKED OUT*

Best for: Board/committee members and senior employees
Topics covered:

  • The legal role of committee members as decision makers
  • The difference between governance and management
  • The legal status and structure of your organisation and what this means for governance
  • The importance of your organisation’s rules and legal purpose or objects
  • The four main legal duties of committee members
  • Other laws that you should be aware of as a committee member
  • Potential liabilities and how to protect yourself and your organisation

Session 2: Safety, Risk and Insurance *BOOKED OUT*

Best for: Board/committee members and senior employees
Topics covered:

  • Why is safety so important?
  • Thinking about both physical and mental safety
  • Understanding occupational/work health safety and negligence laws
  • Child safety
  • How to identify and manage key risks for community organisations
  • The types of insurance and protections available

Session 3: Privacy Law for Not-for-profit Organisations *BOOKED OUT*

Best for: Board/committee members, employees and volunteers
Topics covered:

  • Overview of privacy laws and how they apply to your organisation
  • An explanation of key terms and how to understand them
  • The documents, systems and checks you should put in place to protect personal information and comply with privacy laws
  • How to legally collect, use, disclose, handle and store personal information
  • Requests for personal information from courts, police and others
  • What to do if there is a privacy complaint or data breach


  • Individual sessions are $50 each for VCOSS members, $150 each for non-members + Eventbrite booking fees
  • VCOSS members can book 2 for $90 or 3 for $120
  • Non-members can book 3 for $400 + Eventbrite booking fees


VCOSS Refund policy
Refunds will be processed less a $5 administration fee until Tuesday 26 February. After this date, no refunds will be provided. We welcome alternative attendees and encourage you to send another person in your place if you are no longer able to attend.


Victorian Council of Social Service

8/128 Exhibition St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Time & Date

March 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 6, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

Additional Info

The cost of this event is: $50 - $418.69

This event has been organised by: