Corporate Governance Network Package

9 x 90 to 120-minute workshops/webinars throughout the year

Corporate governance advice for:

  • Directors, Officers and Managers of small and medium sized companies.
  • Committee Members, Officers and Managers of charities and not for profit organisations.

Over the last couple of years, we have presented a series of workshops:

  • Role of a Director in Small and Medium Business
  • Role of a Director/Committee Member of Not-For-Profit Organisations

The workshops were presented at:

  • Townsville
  • Clermont
  • Emerald
  • Moranbah
  • Mackay
  • Mount Isa
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton

These workshops were presented by our associated company, Towers Business Development Pty Ltd, coordinated by the AI Group, C-RES and Queensland Department of State Development on behalf of the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Program (AusIndustry).

The original brief was to present a "Readers Digest" version of the Company Directors Diploma Course as presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Many of the attendees enquired -
"Did we have a plan for a follow-up to these workshops?"

We are pleased to advise that we have developed a strategy which we believe will enable us to deliver an outstanding series of "Corporate Governance Webinar Workshops" to people interested in corporate governance as it relates to small/medium enterprises and charities and not-for-profit organisations.


Peter Towers

Accountant, Director, Consultant and Managing Director of ESS Small Business
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Jordan Lowry

Founder/ Managing Director, Blackstone Business Group
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Trevor Marchant

Master Sales Trainer and Performance Coach

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Jeff Pringle

Coutts Redington, Chartered Accountants
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David Birch

Managing Director, SmartAR and feeLink
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Paul Barnaby

Chartered Accountant, Regional Consultant, PlanGuru
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Ross Contarino

Business Facilitator - Supply Chain, Australian Industry Group
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Andrew Geddes

Director, Andrew Geddes Pty Ltd
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Webinar #Webinar Presentation DateIndividual Purchase
Webinar No 1
FINISHED: Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 12-noon to 2.00pm (AEST).  (Click here) for a copy of the Agenda for the first workshop/webinar.
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 2
FINISHED: Wednesday 19th September 2018  - 12-noon to 2.00pm (AEST)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 3
FINISHED: Monday 29th October 2018 - 2.00pm to 4.00pm (AEST) (3.00pm AEDT)

The recording includes the following features:

  • Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising for Small Proprietary Companies Now Available
  • Payment of Casuals - Changes made by Fair Work Australia
  • Services for SMEs provided by Australian Industry Group
  • Corporate Governance Knowledge Review
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 4
FINISHED: Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 11.30am - 1.30pm (AEST)

The recording includes the following features:

  • Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising Update
    -- Capital Raising has commenced
    -- Bank of Mum & Dad Loans could be repaid with funds raised by Crowd Sourced Funding
  • Managing High Growth – Elements of Scaling Up a Company – Andrew Geddes, Public Company Officer, former Chair of Greencross Limited
  • Corporate Knowledge Review
  • Preparing Proper 3 Way Budgets in Under 60 Minutes – Paul Barnaby – Plan Guru, Regional Consultant, Chartered Accountant/Consultant
  • Taxation Update
    -- Small and Medium Enterprises
    -- Charities, Not for Profit, Sporting and Social Organisations
    (Prepared by Greg Redington, Partner Coutts Redington, Chartered Accountant)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 5
Wednesday 13th February 2019 - 11.30am - 1.30pm (AEST)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 6
Wednesday 27th March 2019 - 11.30am - 1.30pm (AEST)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 7
Tuesday 30th April 2019 - 11.30am to 1.30pm (AEST)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 8
Wednesday 15th May 2019 - 12-noon to 2.00pm (AEST)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.
Webinar No 9
Wednesday 19th June 2019 - 12-noon to 2.00pm (AEST)
Content will be available 3-4 days
after webinar presentation date.

If a change is made to the program, all Corporate Governance Network subscribers will be advised beforehand.

Each webinar will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  Corporate Governance subscribers will be sent details of the YouTube link so they can access the webinar recording at a later date.

Package Content

The Corporate Governance Network Package includes the following

Presentations will be made by webinar:
  • 4 weeks prior to a webinar presentation, each member will be invited to register for the next webinar.
  • In each webinar, an indication will be given of the "theme" for the next webinar and members will be invited to submit any questions that they have on the "theme items/presentations" and any other corporate governance questions that they have.
Members will receive (72 hours prior to the webinar):
  • Agenda for the webinar.
  • Copy of the PowerPoint slides for the webinar.
  • Request for any further questions

During the webinar members will hear:
  • Update on a wide range of corporate governance issues relating to small and medium sized companies and charities and not for profit organisations.
  • Comments by experts on specific activities of interest to Directors, Committee Members, Officers and Managers.
After the webinar members will receive:
  • Articles utilised by the experts in their presentations.
  • Access to the webinar recording via a YouTube link.
  • "Action Plan Template" based on matters discussed in the webinars.

Key section detailed listing for:


  • Corporations Act
  • Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
  • Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission
  • Level 1 Association
  • Level 2 Association
  • Level 3 Association
  • Audit Requirements
  • Persons who cannot act as auditors
  • Auditors
  • Court Cases Create Legal Precedents
  • Environmental Laws
  • Local Government by Laws
  • State/Territory Government Laws
  • Building and Construction Legislation
  • Liquor Acts
  • Sourcing of Overseas’ Products
  • Corporate Structures
    • Established Company
    • Company with Mentor
    • Board of Advice
    • Company acting as Corporate Trustee
  • Proprietary Limited Companies
  • Large Propriety Ltd Companies
  • Unlisted Public Companies
  • Privacy Act – Notifiable Data Breaches
  • Temporary Skills Shortage – visas


  • Taxation Act as it Affects Companies
  • SME Companies
  • Turnover Limits
  • Tax rates
  • Early Stage Innovation Companies – investors point of view
  • Taxation of Business
  • PAYG Tax Payments
  • Superannuation Payments

Board of Directors/Company Secretary

  • Selection of New Directors
    • Eligibility
    • Skills
    • Training/Mentoring
    • Leadership Skills
    • Board Balance
  • Appointment of Directors
    • Company Constitution
    • General Meeting
    • Appointment Document
  • New Director due diligence
    • Responsibilities of Directors
    • Liabilities of Directors
    • CEO/Managing Director appointment
    • Company Secretary/duties and responsibilities
    • Minute preparation
    • Director’s personal responsibilities
  • New Committee Members Due Diligence
    • Responsibilities of Committee Members
    • Liabilities of Committee Members
    • General Manager’s Appointment
  • Committee Secretary
  • Committee Member’s Personal Responsibilities
    • Insolvent Trading
    • Quality Time
    • Leadership
    • Board Meetings
    • Board of Advice
    • Director Assessment
    • Developing your Action Plan
    • Agendas for Meetings
    • Board Reports
    • Minutes of Board of Directors’ Meetings
    • Chair’s Role
    • Evaluation of Director performance
    • Rotation of Directors
    • Mentoring of CEOs/Managing Director
    • Strategic Goals
    • Tenure of Directors/Committee Members

All Things Financial

  • Profit and Loss account
  • Ratio analysis – Profit and Loss account
  • Departmentalised Profit and Loss accounts
  • Management Accounts
  • Job Costing
  • Job Estimates
  • Comparison Actual Expenditure with Job Estimates
  • Balance Sheet
  • Ratio analysis – Balance Sheet
  • Verification of items in Balance Sheet
  • Definitions – especially “Current Liabilities”
  • Source and Application of Funds – also known as Funds Statement
  • Debtors’ Management
  • Debtors’ Days Outstanding
  • Terms of Trade Agreement
  • Retention of Title Agreement
  • Decision on whether to register a customer on the Personal Property Securities Register
  • Stock Management
  • Stock Turn
  • Work in Progress System
  • Budgets
  • Cash Flow forecasts
  • Comparison between Budget and Actual
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Benchmarking
    • Probe
    • Core value
  • Understanding Forecasts – establishing charge out rates and/or selling prices to generate targeted profits
  • Retail Price Calculator
  • Trades/Subcontractors Charge Out Rate Calculator
  • Professional Fee Calculator
  • Regular Monitoring of Financial Accounts

Workplace Health and Safety

  • Workplace Health and Safety Policy
  • Workshop and Site Policy
  • Induction Processes
  • Incident Reports


  • Social Media
  • Digital Marketing
  • Media
  • Marketing Plan
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Differentiation – Unique Competitive Advantage
  • Capability Statement
  • Industry Capability Network
  • Website
  • Newsletter
  • Selling Products/Services
  • Sales Systems
  • Sales Training


  • Government Grants
  • Investment Readiness
    • Section 708 Corporations Act capital raising
    • Early Stage Innovation Company Capital Raising
    • Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising
  • Angel Investors
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Venture Capital Organisations

Risk Management

  • Identification of Potential Risks
  • Development of Risk Management Strategies
  • Personal Property Securities Register
  • Insurance Covers
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Monitoring the Risk Management System
  • Market
  • Market Place Overview
  • Competitors
    • Market Intelligence
    • Competitor’s Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Analysis
    • Competitors’ Action Plan
  • Customers
    • Customers’ Comments
    • Customers’ Statistics
    • Community


  • Shareholders
  • Shareholders Agreement
  • Shareholders’ Rights
  • Communication with Shareholders
  • Shareholders’ Register
  • Members of Organisations
  • General Meetings
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Quorums


  • Strategic Goals
  • Research and Development
    • Planning
    • Documentation
    • Applications AusIndustry/Australian Taxation Office
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Analysis (SWOT)
  • External Advisors


  • Fair Work Australia
  • Team Training
  • Team Leadership Development
  • Volunteers
  • Portfolio Allocation
  • Human Resources
  • Claims lodged with Fair Work Australia
  • Superannuation Payments
  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • Holiday Pay Loading
  • Shift Allowance
  • Long Service Leave
  • Employee Agreements
  • Human Resources System
  • Productivity
  • Incident Reports
    • accidents
    • serious injury
    • deaths


  • Transition of Property
  • Assets Register
Introduction to "Corporate Governance Network"

Want To Know More?

The "network" will be directed by Peter Towers, Accountant, Company Director, Consultant and Managing Director of the ESS BIZTOOLS' group and Towers Business Development Pty Ltd. (Peter's profile - click here).

  • There will be 8 x 90 minute workshops presented as webinars in 2018.  We will plan the presentation times for the webinars so as to avoid school holidays and public holidays.
  • The workshop webinars will be prepared specifically for directors and officers of small/medium enterprises, committee members and team members of charities and not-for-profit organisations.
  • The workshop webinars will be presented in the following broad outline:
    • News update since the previous workshop on corporate issues relative to SMEs, charities and not-for-profit organisations.
    • A presentation on the "theme of this webinar".  Themes will be selected from a list, which will include:
    • Legislation changes - Companies Act and Incorporated Associations Act.
    • Directors/committee members' responsibilities.
    • Appointment of directors/committee members.
    • Allocation of responsibilities to the team - paid and unpaid persons.
    • Liabilities of directors/committee members.
    • Risk management strategies for SMEs and charities and not-for-profit organisations.
    • Understanding financial accounts.
    • Understanding budgets and cashflow forecasts.
    • Board of directors/committee meetings - agendas, reports, minutes, action plan.
    • Marketing strategies.
    • Organisation differentiation.
    • Organisation capability statements.
    • Development of individual directors/committee member action plans.
    • Management of Intellectual Property
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Technology
    • Cyber Security
    • Succession Planning
    • Mentoring others
  • We will have specific presentations by, or on behalf of, individual experts relating to:
    • People issues - Fair Work Australia
    • Workplace Health and Safety
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Leadership
    • Grants
      and other issues that our members request.
  • Members of the network will be invited to submit questions to be discussed during a webinar.
  • The webinars will be recorded and will be placed on YouTube for members to access, if they are unable to attend the webinar.
  • An action plan will be prepared at the conclusion of each webinar summarising the matters that were discussed and recording our suggestions on implementing the action plan within your own business/organisation.  Provision will be made on the action plan template for you to insert your personal action plan relating to a particular item.
  • We will maintain an attendance roll for the webinars and, at the end of the year, we will issue an "attendance certificate" to individual members summarising the key matters that have been discussed at the workshops attended during the year.
We are developing a Member Benefit Package.
The initial benefits will include:
  • A free copy of the ESS BIZTOOLS' Business Plus+ newsletter which will be available for each month (except January).
  • We will issue Corporate Governance Network Members with a special access code which will entitle you to a 10% discount on any of the products available on the ESS Small Business Website.
  • We are finalising arrangements with a number of organisations which will be affiliates of ESS Small Business and we anticipate that these organisations will be happy to offer Corporate Governance Network Member benefits during the year.

Understanding Corporate Governance

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Subscribe to this single package and get access to its content.
  • Corporate Governance Network for SMEs
  • NFP organisations and Charities

This is a yearly subscription to all 9 webinars, If you would like to purchase them individually, please click the button below. 

If, after 60 days, you are not completely satisfied with ESS BIZTOOLS, we will gladly refund your subscription.

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