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In January 2014, the Education Act 1990 ('the Act') was amended to require registered non-government schools to have and implement policies and procedures for the proper governance of the school.

For individual non-government schools, the requirement is detailed in section 3.9 of the NESA Registered and Accredited Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual ('the Manual'). For systemic non-government schools, the requirement is detailed in section 5.9 of the NESA Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The initial and ongoing professional learning of a school's 'responsible persons' is a key aspect of proper governance.

The Manual specifies the following minimum professional learning requirements for a school's 'responsible persons:

  • the mandatory completion of a minimum of twelve hours professional learning with regard to governance issues for each 'responsible person' for the school over each three year period from the time of commencing as a 'responsible person'; to be delivered by a NESA approved training provider
  • an induction process for new responsible persons for a school including, at a minimum, the mandatory successful completion of a NESA approved training program delivered by a NESA approved training provider.

NESA approved training providers are listed below. NESA approval is for the specified provider to deliver the content of the specified professional learning. The Administrative guidelines for approval of training providers and courses relating to proper governance of non-government schools ('the Guidelines') refer to the approved professional learning as an approved 'course'. The Guidelines are available in the section below. Approval is based on the content of the course aligning with the governance requirements detailed in the Manual.

Administrative guidelines for approval of training providers and courses relating to proper governance of non-government schools ('the Guidelines')

Download the guidelines

Submission for approval to become a NESA approved training provider of courses relating to proper governance of non-government schools

Download the submission form (Word version)

Download the submission form (PDF version)

Submission fees (non-refundable)

There is no submission fee for 'not-for-profit' organisations.

Organisations operating 'for-profit' are required to pay a fee prior to a submission being assessed. The fee is based on a cost recovery calculation. The fee schedule is as follows:

  • submission of 1 to 3 courses - $400
  • submission of 4 to 6 courses - $800
  • submission of 7 or more courses - fee to be negotiated

The fee is subject to change. The fee published above is always the most up-to-date.

NESA approval is limited to approving that the identified organisation's course content addresses the governance requirements in section 3.9 of the Manual.

NESA approved training providers

The list of approved training providers will be updated from time to time, as necessary. The list is current as of 12 February 2020.

Organisation Contact details Approved courses
Actuate Leadership


0433 371 614

  • Healthy School Boards
Association of Independent Schools of NSW www.aisnsw.edu.au
02 9299 2845

Governance Workshop Sessions:

– Current Issues for the Independent Sector
– Effective Governance
– Managing Risk
– Executive Supervision
– Governance Training: Strategic Planning in Schools
– Financial Governance - Part 1
– Financial Governance - Part 2
– Reputational Risk
– A School's Legal Framework
– Child Protection for Boards
– Due Diligence: Work Health and Safety Duties of Directors of School Boards

Governance Online Modules:

– Introduction to School Governance
– School Governance
– Legal Compliance
– Financial Governance
– Executive Supervision
– Managing Risk
– School Board Survey
– Child Protection Legislation
– Strategy
– Reputational Risk

    • AISNSW Governance Symposium (17 April 2015), (22 April 2016), (10 April 2017), (16 April 2018), (15 April 2019)
    • Schools Security Seminar (21 July 2015)
    • Governance for School Council Members (26 June 2018), (8 November 2018)
    • Financial Acumen for Independent School Directors (17th April 2018)
Australian Institute of Company Directors www.aicd.com.au
02 8248 2738
  • Company Directors Course
  • Foundations of Directorship
  • Governance Foundations for NFP Directors
  • Governance Essentials
  • Developing your Director Career
  • Not-for-Profit Board Dynamics
  • Governing to Protect Vulnerable People
  • School Board Governance Series
    • Part 1 - The role of the school board director
    • Part 2 - Strategy for school boards
    • Part 3 - Risk oversight for school boards
  • Cyber for Directors
BDO East Coast Partnership www.bdo.com.au/en-au/our-people/sean-pascoe
02 8221 2225
  • Risk Management Training - Education
Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay - Catholic Schools Office 02 9847 0356
  • Diocesan Governance Structures and Processes
  • Conflict of Interest and Related Party Transactions
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Governance
  • Strategy and Risk
  • Induction
  • Risk Management (Reputation)
Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle - Catholic Schools Office (CSO) 02 4979 1207
  • Diocesan Governance structures and processes
  • Governance case studies
  • Risk management
  • Financial governance
  • Responsible Person Induction
  • Good Governance Annual Refresher Training
  • Annual risk profiling
  • Annual financial performance
  • Reputational risk standards, compliance and quality assurance
Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst 0427 415 355
  • Module A: Governance Big Picture and Diocesan Structures
  • Module B: Governance specifics
  • Module C: Risk Management
  • Module D: Financial Governance
Catholic Schools NSW www.csnsw.catholic.edu.au
02 9287 1532
Catholic Schools NSW delivers a range of governance training for Responsible Persons in Catholic Schools, face-to-face and online. The CSNSW website provides compliance advice and the latest listing of online Governance Training Modules (1 hour each):
  • Module 1 - Introduction, Responsible Persons, Proper Governance
  • Module 2 - Policies and Procedures and two Case Studies
  • Module 3 - Conflict of Interest, Related Party Transactions, Professional Learning
  • Module 4 - Induction Process, Independent Audit, Notification of Certain Matters, Case Study
  • Module 5 - School Culture Good Governance and Stewardship
  • Module 6 - Financial Stewardship and Compliance in Catholic Schools
  • Module 7 - Risk Management in Catholic Schools
  • Module 8 - Legal Compliance Framework for Catholic Schools
  • CSNSW Inaugural Education Law Symposium 'Catholic School Governance in the 21st Century' (30 September 2019)
Chris Bertinshaw 0417 212 969
  • School Council Governance Course
  • Governance for SASC School Councillors
  • Effective Leadership of the School Council
  • Risk: Issues for School Councils
  • Understanding School Finances
  • Strategic Planning for School Councils
  • Evaluating the School Council and the Principal
Christian Education National (CEN) 02 4773 5800
  • Annual Governance Conference
  • NSW Board Induction (responsible persons) course
  • Board Basics
  • Board Foundations
  • Board Functions
  • Board Performance
Christian Schools Australia (CSA) 02 9887 1699
  • Responsible Officer Induction Course
  • The School Governance Environment Module
  • Legal Responsibilities of Boards
  • Risk and Compliance in Schools
  • Facilitated Risk Workshop
CompliSpace Pty Ltd www.complispace.com.au
02 9299 6105
  • Governance for non-government schools - an overview
  • The Education Act & non-government schools registration requirements
  • Enterprise risk management for non-government schools
  • Schools and the Law
  • Conflicts of interest and related party transactions
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Induction Program
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) www.erea.edu.au
03 9426 3220
  • EREA Governance Statement
  • EREA Board Code of Conduct Review
  • EREA Risk Management Framework
  • Matters to be Notified to NESA
  • The legal structure of the proprietor (TEREA)
  • Conflicts of Interest and Related Party Transactions
  • EREA 'Responsible Persons' Policy and Procedures
  • EREA Supervisory Arrangements and Reporting Requirements
  • EREA Legal Compliance and Regulatory Compliance - Safeguarding
  • Delegations: Non-Financial
Good Samaritan Education www.goodsameducation.org.au
0499 200 511
  • Induction Program for Responsible Persons
  • Strategic Planning for Good Samaritan Education
  • Leadership of a Good Samaritan Education College
  • Strategic Planning for a Good Samaritan Education College
  • Purpose, Not for Profit Nature & Accountability to Members
  • Compliance with Australian Laws
  • Suitability of Responsible Persons
  • Duties of Responsible Persons and Conflict of Interest
  • Governance Policies and Procedures
  • Related Party Transactions Register and External Audit Requirements
  • Matters to be Notified to NESA by Responsible Persons
  • Not-for-profit Guidelines for NSW Non-Government Schools
Governance Evaluator


03 5254 1201 


  • Governance Evaluation
  • Development & Skills Matrix
Governance Institute of Australia www.governanceinstitute.com.au
1800 251 849
  • Governance Essentials
  • Not-for-Profit Financial Management
  • Not-for-Profit Officers, Directors and the Board
  • Assessing, Analysing and Treating Risk
  • Meeting Compliance Requirements
  • Not-for-Profit Regulatory Compliance
  • Financial Governance for Schools
  • School Governance NSW
  • Duties of Officers and Directors
  • Governance and Risk Management
  • Legal Framework of Governance
  • Risk Management Essentials
  • Risk Management Frameworks
  • Not-for-Profit Governance Forum
  • Governance and Risk Management Forum 2018
GovernRight Pty Ltd


1300 228 862

  • The Challenge of Modern School Governance
  • Oversight of Management of Identified Risks for Schools
  • Embedding Modern Good Governance for Schools
Integroe Partners Pty Ltd 02 9181 5001
  • Foundations for Good Governance
Nexia Sydney Group Pty Ltd 0474 767 708
  • NSW Schools Governance
Optimal School Governance optimalschool.com
0400 554 909
  • School Governance Basics
  • Best Practice in School Governance
  • Effective School Governance
  • Board Operations
  • Creating and Sustaining Healthy Boards in Good Times and Bad
  • Future Focused Board Leadership
  • Governance and Management
  • Mission, Vision and Strategic Thinking
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Governance and Minimising Risk
  • The Board's Duties
  • Directing and Managing Change
Prolegis Lawyers

02 9466 5222

  • Governance
  • School Risk and Compliance
Resolve Consulting Group www.resolveconsulting.net
02 4324 4800
  • Board Responsibilities and Policies
  • Board Operations
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • School Financial Management
  • Board and Responsible Persons Induction
  • Strategic Planning for Governance
  • Governance and Best Practice Reporting
  • Board and Management Relationship
  • Finance Equipper for Responsible Persons
Somerset Education Pty Ltd www.somerseteducation.net
0417 618 899
  • Financial Governance and Risk Management for Non-government Schools
Sydney Catholic Schools Archdiocese of Sydney 02 9568 8202
  • Responsible Persons Training
    • Governance and Ethics
    • School Leadership
    • Accountability and Policy
    • Risk Management
    • Governance Landscape
    • Governance in Action
    • Strategic Risk Management
    • Leaders and Individual Decision Making
    • Governance and Collaborative Decision Making
    • Practical Governance – Differentiated Workshops
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