Governance Evaluator

An online platform with expert support services and resources, that empowers boards to
evaluate, set clear actions and develop their governance capability

Identify your governance capability gaps

Target expert support services & resources to address gaps

Ask the right questions to manage your governance risk

Do you know how effective you are as a board (individually & collectively)?

Do you know how to interrogate your sector specific risks?

Does your current approach to governance deliver the results you need in the time you have?

Do you know what it means to do ‘the right thing’ for good governance, and how to do it?

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Our clients understand the importance of strong governance in community organisations

“Governance Evaluator was the perfect time efficient, easy to use, quality and cost-effective program to engage in for evaluation and capability building for our annual journey for being an effective board. We chose to have the program externally led which led to very clear KPIs for the board to address. We were also delighted with the comprehensive support and education resources which we have used a lot. We were happy to re-register and would strongly recommend this program.”

Kylie Warne (President) & Bernadette Uzelac (CEO), Geelong Chamber of Commerce

“Although we hadn’t identified any specific governance issues to be addressed the Board saw Governance Evaluator as an opportunity to learn more about good governance and any gaps we might have.  One attraction was that it was tailored specifically to our sector. 

As a Chair, there are 2 aspects of the platform that I have found particularly helpful. Firstly the initial Board evaluation.  This highlighted there were areas where as a Board we all saw deficiencies to address but also there were areas where there was significant variation within the Board members answers. This prompted conversations as to whether we had not communicated processes that were in place or had significantly different understanding of our roles and responsibilities.

Secondly was the resource library. We have made use of a number of these resources.

The annual evaluation process has enabled us to focus our attention on the governance aspects to address, and then forcing a structure through the action plan to follow up on what we planned to do. There is no doubt that it has highlighted issues that would not have occurred to us in the course of normal Board business.

Throughout the processes I have found the Governance Evaluator team to be responsive to questions and provided good support and guidance when required.  I would recommend the Governance Evaluator for the reasons above and how it has helped us as a Board focus on our governance role, and address deficiencies.”

Geoff Caddy, Chair – Bethany – Chair and Board member since 2008

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Our value: the features you need for strong governance in your sector

Governance Evaluator enables strong governance through features that include:

  • Dashboards with engagement factors for both the Chair and Directors, more response options to questions, opportunity to supply personal comments to your answers, more user friendly resources, and opportunity to create a board and individual director development plans and our amazing live calendar.
  • Benchmarking and trending clearly shows where you stand in relation to your sector peers and the key governance issues faced by your sector as a whole
  • Price structure based on the size of your organisation ensures your investment delivers real value and measureable benefit
  • Expert independent conveners who can guide you through the evaluation process (read more >):
Janet Farrow, OAM

Janet Farrow, OAM

Expert independent convener

BSW, MBA, Grad. Dip. Law, Churchill Fellow, Williamson Fellow, GAICD

Ivana GIllard

Ivana GIllard

Expert independent convener

MBA (Strategy & Organisational Development), MAICD, MICA

Jodie Willmer

Jodie Willmer

Expert independent convener

MAICD, Member of AuSAE, Member of VCOSS

Kate Barlow

Kate Barlow

Expert Independent Convener

Health and community services expert, transformational leader

Robyn Duffield

Robyn Duffield

Expert Independent Convener

MBA (Business Consulting)

Our flexible platform configures to your board’s requirements

The new Governance Evaluator platform gives you complete control of the elements you need to build your capability. And we’ve made it easy to use.


Under the key modules for effective governance; sector specific content, quick & easy to do; and educational

Individual & group traffic light reports results

Instant results you can drilldown into for deeper analysis; link to education resources for more knowledge.  Enables annual trending and benchmarking

Optional: Confidential interviews

Develop a deeper understanding of the group & individual director answers

Optional: Recommendations report

Themes from the group results & confidential interviews

Board planning session

Gain a shared agreement for the actions for the way forward

Individual & group action plans

Create group & individual director action plans that link to capability building resources & services; send reminders to responsible directors/executive re: action due dates.


Full governance and resources manuals, free governance webinars, governance TV with governance videos and live calendar

Customer carethroughout entire process – for Chair, directors and board support: education, governance advice, technical support

You get clear, realtime and actionable results

The traffic light report below is a sample of the initial results provided for both the individual director and aggregate board.

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The Governance Evaluator content is based on good governance principles as outlined in the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (ASX 2007). The methodology is consistent with guidelines in the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Evaluating Board Performance: A guide for company directors (AICD 2006, 2011).

The content is compliant with the ASIC, Corporations Act (2001), and the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP). The financial content has been informed by Davidsons Accountants (Melbourne, Geelong) and board composition content is informed by Harwood Andrews Lawyers (Melbourne, Geelong).

Governance Evaluator data is securely and confidentially stored by Amazon, Sydney.  As per our Terms of Conditions, Governance Evaluator will ensure that any personal information comprised in any Data is treated in accordance with the National Privacy Principles prescribed by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including ensuring that such personal information is kept safe and secure.

Our Company has significant partnerships for expert advice, content and sector relevant distribution.  Our goal is for eminent and contemporary content in the Governance Evaluator’s generic and sector specific questions, and governance and resource manuals through a continuous quality cycle for feedback with our valued partners and end users.