Club Directors Institute

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Skilled and educated directors drive governance and steer corporate direction in registered clubs - so it's imperative they stay on the forefront with their professional development.

Club Directors Institute (CDI)

The Club Directors Institute is the professional association for club directors and managers. Membership gives you full access to all the training, development, tools and templates that you and your club need to meet your compliance and governance obligations, and improve operations and financial viability. 

The Club Directors Institute was created in 2001 to drive the club industry’s governance training and education. Over the past 19 years, CDI has been instrumental in implementing the recommendations from 2008 IPART enquiry and more recently the Murdoch Report 2017. By creating and developing courses, seminars and publications, CDI ensures the industry stays at the forefront of local and international governance trends.

Halfway through implementation, Governance Directions 2017-2021 continues to be the focus of the CDI 2020 program – its core purpose, to ensure your club remains profitable, sustainable and compliant. Aligned with the AICD 10 Good Governance Principles for Not-for-Profit Organisations and nationally accredited governance competencies, the five key Governance Directions strategies will continue to be implemented to ensure that your club grows and prospers for the benefit of your community.

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CDI Membership

CDI members receive a discount on all courses, workshops & governance modules

CDI Membership runs from 1 January to 31 December. CDI Membership is charged per director or manager, and can be transferred to an incoming director/manager following the election to the board or change of employment. 

Club Chair, President, CEO, General/Secretary Manager

(of every member club)


Full Director Member 

(on the board of a member club)


Associate Member 

(club members/staff who wish to engage in governance education or remain involved after leaving a board)


Supporter Member (corporate partner, industry supporter)

(corporate partner or industry supporter employees who wish to learn more about good governance and understand how client clubs comply with the industry governance standard)


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2020 Learning & Development Events Calendar

CDI Seminars | By region

Warilla Bowls & Rec
Lismore Workers 
Tenterfield Golf Club
West Pennant Hills Sports Club
Cooma Ex-Services
Club Engadine
Mosman Club
Club Mudgee
Shelley Beach Golf Club
Laurieton United Services Club
Club Narooma
Batemans Bay Soldiers Club
Cessnock Leagues Club
Revesby Workers' Club


Round 1:


18 February
20 February
25 February
2 March
3 March
10 March
12 March
14 March
31 March
8 April
28 April
30 April
19 May
20 May

Round 2: July – August

National Governance & Management Congress | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 17 March

Mandatory Director Training | Online or face to face by region

Byron Bay Services
Club Forster
Barooga Sports
Soldiers Point Bowling Club
Wests Illawarra
Liverpool Catholic Club


Round 1: 

17 February
26 February
4 March
10 March
24 March
26 March

Round 2: July – August or on request

Directors & Managers Workshops | Face to face On request
Masterclasses | International Convention Centre Sydney 28 - 30 October
Governance Modules | ClubsNSW Head Office TBC
Chairmanship Training Face to face Schedule TBC and on request


CDI Seminars

CDI Membership also provides free-of-charge access to CDI Seminars. These seminars are delivered by industry experts and integrated with networking opportunities in line with the regional meeting schedule (full dates and locations listed above). These presentations are informative and instructional for both board and management.

Round 1 Seminar Topics Round 2 Seminar Topics

Is your club risky or risk averse?
Identifying risk appetite and capacity to minimise your club's risk profile

Who can blow the whistle?
Deep dive into whistleblower policy and procedures to ensure adequate protections. 

Clean elections, happy voters
Ensure your elections are held, run and scrutinised professionally.

Inspirational leaders - Great Boards
Sharing strategies to build competent and functional boards.

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