Director Training

Leadership Training

Skilled and educated directors drive governance and steer corporate direction in registered clubs. It's imperative that directors stay on the forefront with their professional development, which the below resources, training and Club Directors Institute (CDI) information will assist with.

If you have any questions, please contact ClubASSIST on 1300 730 001 or via email.



CDI Membership

The Club Directors Institute (CDI) is the professional association for club directors and managers. Membership provides 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.

Membership of the Club Directors Institute provides 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. 

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Adding new CDI members, renewing and transferring memberships is instant and easy.

Learn more about the actions you can take with your CDI membership and some steps on how to complete them, as well as information on membership term and cost.

Add or Transfer CDI Membership Renew CDI Membership

Please note that only users with 'primary contact' or 'web user admin' website access can assign new memberships, process renewals and transfer memberships on our Manage My Membership portal. Complimentary memberships can be processed through ClubASSIST (1300 730 001). 


The Club Directors Institute is focused on providing ongoing guidance to clubs under Governance Directions. CDI seminars are delivered by industry experts and integrated with networking opportunities in line with the regional meeting schedule. These presentations are informative and instructional for both board and management. These events are held in two rounds per year and are offered exclusively to CDI members. Delivered by industry experts, attendees are given key insights into areas affecting clubs and the hospitality industry, with integrated networking opportunities.

CDI Seminars are aligned with regional meetings and cover a range of relevant topic areas as listed below.

In 2022, the Seminars will be held as one-day events - dates and times available on the tab below.


  1. Managing your supply chain for economic security  presented by Expense Reduction Analysts
  2. Creating and maintaining a psychologically healthy workplace  presented by Club Employers Mutual
  3. Targeting new and emerging markets to reactivate foot traffic in a post-COVID world  presented by Tully Heard Consulting
  4. How gaming is evolving in your region  presented by Aristocrat Gaming.

Seminar attendees will be engaged in interactive real-life case studies of issues that clubs face and learn best practices for dealing with these situations.

A first for CDI, there will be a 'director only' networking opportunity to discuss any issues, concerns, or topics of relevance with CNSW staff on hand to assist and guide them.

CDI Membership provides free-of-charge access to CDI Seminars. The cost to attend CDI Seminars for non-CDI members is $140, payable on registration. 

Please note: The current lockdown has caused the postponement/cancellation of some CDI Seminars. We will update this page with any changes.

North Western MetroBlacktown Workers4 July12:30pm – 6:00pm 
Central West Dubbo RSL16 July 2pm-3:30pm
Riverina South WestWagga RSL19 July 9:30am-3:30pm
Far North Coast - NorthTwin Towns Services Club 21 July12pm-2pm
Southern MetropolitainClub Central Menai9 August3pm-5pm
Western MetroLiverpool Catholic Club17 August5pm-7pm
Central CoastMingara Recreation Club1 September8:30am-3:30pm
Northern MetroBalgowlah RSL Memorial Club8 September10am-4pm
Illawarra & ShoalhavenKiama Leagues Club21 November9am-3pm
New England Tablelands & North WestGlen Innes & District Services Clubs6 December9am-3pm
Riverina South WestBarooga Sports ClubTBA 

The ClubsNSW Mandatory Director Training program provides the information directors need to fulfil corporate governance training compliance. 

For clubs earning revenue of more than one million dollars a year from gaming, every director on the board must complete the Mandatory Director Training within 12 months of appointment in the role.

For clubs that do not fall into this category, a minimum of two directors must complete the training within this specified period. However, the best practice is for all directors to complete the training to ensure proper governance of clubs.

If a director has previous experience in the director role of another club or a not-for-profit organisation and/or has undertaken courses in Governance and Finance with knowledge of the industry — they would be eligible to apply for exemption of the course by completing an application, supplying documentation/certificates and completing an online assessment.

More Information On Requirements and Course Inclusions & Delivery Options

Face-to-Face Training



Session LocationRegionDate Time
Session: Randwick ClubEast Metro6 July - 7 July 9am-3pm
Session: Ingleburn RSLWestern Metro6 September - 7 September9am-3pm
Session: Orange City Bowling Club LtdCentral West 11 October - 12 October 9am-3pm
Session: Armidale City BowlingNew England Tablelands & North West25 October - 26 October 9am-3pm

Facilitated Virtual Training

 12 July 9am-12pm

Online Training  

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The Board Director Induction course was written in response to a need for a more structured induction process for new directors on boards. With increasing scrutiny of governance in Australia, this self-directed online learning course will ensure you have the knowledge and tools required to commence your role in governance and operational oversight.    

This course also covers the key requirements of governance, as you step up to this important leadership role. You will also have key take-away documents and ‘must know’ information to equip yourself in your directorship role. 

Board Director Induction is offered at subsidised costs to make it accessible for all directors. 

CDI Members Cost: $110 incl. GST 

Non-CDI Members Cost: $140 incl. GST 

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Governance Courses

Pre-requisite: completion of the Mandatory Director Training Course

If you are a club director who completed your Mandatory Director Training more than two years ago, now is the time to refresh your knowledge and remain at the forefront of the latest challenges and opportunities in the director landscape.

Our brand-new Governance Refresher will help you: 

  • Understand the role of a director in the current climate 

  • Review the 10 good governance principles in relation to your board performance 

  • Identify areas of improvement and scope to reframe your board dynamics 

  • Develop a practical governance framework and model to implement within your board 

  • Review current case scenarios and identify best practice responses. 

  • Commencing this November, the Governance Refresher is offered at subsidised costs (including GST) to make it accessible for all directors. 


CDI Member

Non-CDI Member

One-Day Face to Face



Half-Day Virtual



Self-Paced Online




Not yet a CDI Member? Join today to save on the Governance Refresher and enjoy a range of other benefits.

Face-to-Face Training


Session LocationDate 
Session: Randwick Club5 July 
Session: Ingleburn RSL8 September 
Session: Orange City Bowling Club Ltd13 October 
Session: Armidale City Bowling 27 October


Session 13 September

Learning & Development Team


Reyna Mendes is the Learning & Development Manager at ClubsNSW. She is committed to increasing opportunities in the club industry, that allow individuals to bridge the link between personal growth and career excellence. With over 20 years’ experience in Adult and Vocational Education, some of her achievements include:

  • Presenting insights on effective leadership at conferences and seminars to Women in Business, Academics and Club Executives
  • Recognition Awards for her excellence in training at state industry level
  • Training and mentoring multiple students that successfully won the ‘Minister’s Student Achiever Awards’ for Hospitality over 5 years

She has her post graduate qualifications in education, hospitality, business, economics and sociology and is an accredited DISC Behavioural analyst, EQ analyst and Motivators Analyst. Reyna is passionate about education and is proud of the exponential growth and development of the club industry, particularly the quality of food and beverage now available at clubs.

Qualifications: BA Economics & Sociology, BA Education, Adv Dip & Colloquium of Leadership and Management, Dip Hospitality, HR, Bus Cert IV TAE



Craig is a highly experienced management consultant and educator. He has been dedicated to the advancement of Management and Leadership knowledge for over two decades.

Craig has been facilitating education and training programs across the entire Leadership and Management spectrum since 2003, as well as delivering numerous programs in governance and human resources. 

He delivers education from Certificate IV to Master's Degree level, with a focus on Finance for managers and directors. With experience as a Director on a range of boards and having a good understanding of the Club industry and other not-for-profits, Craig understands the importance and is passionate about education and learning. Craig also leads a finance and risk committee as a director of a major club and is committed to the social purpose and sustainability of clubs.

Qualifications: MBA, Grad Dip in Management, Advanced Cert in Mngmt, Cert IV TAE



Ron Browne brings a unique combination of Business Development, General Management, Governance, Sales, Marketing and Training skills, honed over four decades focused on developing people and businesses, improving governance and management processes and increasing market share in various industries. Having worked in agriculture, retail, environment, vocational education and hospitality, Ron brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the table.

Due to his lifelong passion for Governance and Education, Ron represented the Club Industry on the Industry Reference Committee working with SkillsIQ on updating Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Packages nationally from 2013 to 2019. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director, specialising in not-for-profit organisations and currently sits on 3 boards. 

With over 45 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Ron has consulted to clubs, pubs and restaurants on operations, marketing and governance to ensure optimal operation and compliance.

Qualifications: GAICD, Cert IV TAE, Grad Dip Mktg, Dip App Sci (Agric)