Certificate IV in Business (Governance)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who undertake responsibilities required of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and who bring a wide range of knowledge, skills, talents and experience to their organisations.

Boards of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-managed organisations operate in two worlds; they have cultural obligations to their community as well as legal and financial obligations to the wider community and funding bodies.

In their special role of leading their organisations, board members would ensure that while fulfilling their duties, they are individually and collectively contributing the best value to the board, organisation and community.

Job roles

Possible job roles relevant to this qualification include:

board member

contact officer or secretary

manager and senior staff member in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation

public servant working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boards of governance.


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 12

7 core units plus

5 elective units

Three elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below.

Two units may be selected from the elective units listed below, from elsewhere in this Training Package, or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at this qualification level, or Certificate III or Diploma level.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry and/or community requirements and the qualification level.

Core units

add topic BSBATSIC412A Maintain and protect cultural values in the organisation

add topic BSBATSIL411A Undertake the roles and responsibilities of a board member

add topic BSBATSIL413A Review and apply the constitution

add topic BSBATSIM416A Oversee organisational planning

add topic BSBATSIM417A Implement organisational plans

add topic BSBATSIM418A Oversee financial management

add topic BSBATSIM419A Contribute to the development and implementation of organisational policies

Elective units

ATSI governance

add topic BSBATSIC411C Communicate with the community

add topic BSBATSIL408C Manage a board meeting

add topic BSBATSIL412A Participate effectively as a board member

add topic BSBATSIM414C Oversee the organisation's annual budget

add topic BSBATSIM420A Oversee asset management

add topic BSBATSIM421A Support a positive and culturally appropriate workplace culture

add topic BSBATSIW416C Obtain and manage consultancy services

add topic BSBATSIW417C Select and use technology


add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information


add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

NOTE: This qualification is copyright to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.


    Qualification pathways

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    some vocational experience working on or with a board of governance, but with no formal qualifications


    full attendance and participation in introductory Corporate Governance workshops, Indigenous Leadership programs or other relevant non-accredited training


    after achieving BSB30110 Certificate III in Business or other relevant qualifications.

    Pathways from the qualification

    BSB50710 Diploma of Business (Governance) and a range of other Diploma qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait organisations operate in a variety of environments and some aspects of governance activities may be subject to legislation, rules, regulations and codes of practice relevant to different job roles and jurisdictions.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


communicating in culturally appropriate ways

discussing information, questioning outcomes and actions, sharing ideas, and clarifying information with staff and other board members

networking and negotiating with members of the community

providing information to the community about the organisation's activities and board decisions


encouraging a team approach where individual contributions are recognised and acknowledged

identifying people and delegating authority to relevant team members

making decisions in the best interests of the organisation and the community

seeking stakeholder participation in decision making


analysing and evaluating information

ensuring activities follow the constitution and organisational policies and procedures

questioning outcomes and actions of financial reports

reviewing effectiveness and efficiency of decisions and direction of the organisation

Initiative and enterprise

reviewing the board and board members

seeking funding for new activities

adding value to, and building positive reputation of, the organisation

Planning and organising

developing organisational plans

planning and organising annual meetings, general meetings and board meetings

planning regular community forums

setting directions for the future of the organisation


adhering to the operational structure of the board and performing responsibilities as per the role description

fulfilling duties and legal responsibilities

modelling respect for community culture and values


promoting an environment that encourages people to enhance their skills and knowledge

seeking advice from cultural and technical advisers

sharing skills with others


using technology:

for communication, time scheduling and planning

to gather information