What is Governance?

Governance is the system by which a committee ensures an organisation’s responsibilities are met.

Governance is not a separate activity, but an overarching framework for running an organisation. It refers to the processes by which organisations are operated, guided and held to account.

Governance involves authority, accountability, leadership, direction and control in an organisation. Governance keeps organisations and communities functioning soundly and democratically. It influences how the objectives of the organisation are set and achieved, spells out the rules and procedures for making organisational decisions, and determines the means of optimising and monitoring performance.