Corporate Governance Training and Accreditation
Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

The long term productivity and profitability of the grassfed beef industry is reliant on the industry being represented by producers with strong corporate governance and leadership skills. Cattle Council of Australia, in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, are providing the opportunity for fourteen grassfed beef producers to develop their skills in corporate governance.

The successful candidates will be selected based on state demand for the course. The selection criteria will ensure that a diverse range of producers (demographic, production systems and background) are chosen ensuring all aspects of the industry are represented in the program.

What is the AICD Course?

The AICD Directors Course is a five-day comprehensive programme that covers board governance and directorship. Producers taking part in the course will gain an understanding of:

  •     The role of directors and issues involved in board participation.
  •     The need to measure risk and Risk Management Strategies.
  •     The importance of an organisations financial performance and methods for monitoring.
  •     Producers will also gain enhanced business skills that they can utilise in their own operations.

CCA and MLA wish to provide beef producers the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge within their business to ensure a sustainable and productive cattle industry. The course is open to all grassfed cattle producers that have a desire to provide leadership within the grassfed beef industry.

Applications for 2018 will open in late 2017.

For more information please contact the office (02) 6269 5600 or email

By applying for the AICD course you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions. As part of the Terms and Conditions course participants are required to complete the AICD assessment, to be undertaken within six months of completing the course.

AICD Testimonials

‘I completed the AICD residential company director’s course about 15 years ago. At the time I was serving on three national boards and other NFP and community organisations. The training was invaluable, especially the work on financial indicators and strategic risk, and the case studies used in the course…’ - Lucinda Corrigan, Non-Executive Director, Meat and Livestock Australia, Director, MLA Donor Company, Director, Rennylea Angus

‘The Company Director’s course has equipped me with a broader skillset and provided greater knowledge of corporate structures, governance, risk and financial performance which I have been able to directly apply to our family beef cattle and cropping enterprise.’ Gail Godwin-Smith, “Mt Panorama” Rolleston Queensland

What the 2016 participants had to say

“I feel that the Cattle Council has given a fantastic opportunity to improve our personal development through education and knowledge which in turn gives us the confidence to help improve and direct the cattle industry.”

“Every director of a company should do this course. It is challenging but extremely worthwhile, you come away with an excellent skill set and tools. You are able to contribute in an efficient and worthwhile way at a board level. I feel much more confident in the board role, responsibilities and structure and am looking forward to using these skills in the future.”

“The CCA initiative to build capacity in the grass-fed beef industry has the potential to be one of the most game changing strategies our industry has seen. Once you've done the AICD course your world view is permanently altered and you will never look at the role of a director in the same light. I strongly recommend anyone involved in business or community organisations to apply.”

“Attending the AICD course was one of the best things I have ever done for my own life and for my industry. Anyone with an interest in learning more about corporate governance or just about doing things the right way should apply.”

“The AICD course is some of the best training I have ever done. It teaches the importance of strong governance in achieving outcomes. It is practical with all participants taking home skills that can be implemented right always at all levels from the local committees to the board of any public company.” 

“The AICD course provided a great opportunity to principate and engage with producers looking to contribute to the industry. The importance of a strategic direction with appropriate governance and accountability is highlights by understanding a directors duties and responsibilities.”

“I thought the program was invaluable in getting industry uplifting skilling to producers. Personally I feel more comfortable in my ability to determine value and leadership to the industry post AICD course.      Anyone wishing to embrace an opportunity for professional development should apply for the AICS course. Particularly if they wish to contribute to any agribusiness board or peak body, but also to help them analyse to the way they run their own business.”

“This course is excellent. If you would like an insight into how corporate agriculture can be this is very worthwhile. If you need some skill in how to operate on a board or committee this is most valuable- I will be using this to drive the grass fed beef industry and agriculture forward.”


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