Audit and Governance

Public bodies and many other organisations in receipt of public support must insure that their corporate governance frameworks are of a best practice standard and that they are in compliance with specified corporate governance codes. This course will give insights into the principles on which codes are based, provide an overview of the key issues for the different stakeholders and discuss the implications of how governance practices can be assessed.

The course will provide a valuable introduction for staff, senior management and members of boards/governing bodies on the implications, and the benefits, which arise from good governance. It will look at the different sides of reporting governance - whether as an Agency reporting or the assessment responsibilities of a Government Department. In dealing with case examples the experienced tutors will facilitate an interactive approach with the intention of discussing particular contexts of most relevance to participants.

The most widely applied code to public bodies is the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies which was updated in 2016.  This course pays particular attention to the key topics in that Code while referring to sectoral examples where differences may apply. 

Corporate Governance For State And Public Sector Bodies

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Key Facts

Commences

1 November 2017

Application Deadline

October 2017 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

One Day

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this one-day course is €405 for Corporate Members of the IPA and €450 for others. Fee includes course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Public bodies and many other organisations in receipt of public support must insure that their corporate governance frameworks are of a best practice standard and that they are in compliance with specified corporate governance codes. This course will give insights into the principles on which codes are based, provide an overview of the key issues for the different stakeholders and discuss the implications of how governance practices can be assessed.

The course will provide a valuable introduction for staff, senior management and members of boards/governing bodies on the implications, and the benefits, which arise from good governance. It will look at the different sides of reporting governance - whether as an Agency reporting or the assessment responsibilities of a Government Department. In dealing with case examples the experienced tutors will facilitate an interactive approach with the intention of discussing particular contexts of most relevance to participants.

The most widely applied code to public bodies is the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies which was updated in 2016.  This course pays particular attention to the key topics in that Code while referring to sectoral examples where differences may apply. 

Who is this for?

The course will provide a valuable introduction for staff, senior management and members of boards / governing bodies to the implications, and the benefits, which arise from good governance.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this training, participants will have:

  • A familiarity with corporate governance requirements of public bodies and how good governance procedures can add to the effectiveness of organisations.
  • An understanding of the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and other relevant governance expectations.
  • An understanding of how the governance of an organisation should and can be assessed
  • Guidance material on the assessment of an organisation’s corporate governance
Course Content

The course will cover the following areas:

Overview of Corporate Governance

  • The principles of good governance
  • The similarities and differences with the private sector
  • Guidelines and documentation
  • The ‘hot topics’ in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016

The role of a Board/ Top Management

  • Effective processes
  • Who is responsible for what?
  • Receiving assurance
  • The Audit Process - Committee, External Auditor, Internal Audit

Reporting and Stakeholder Relationships

  • Relationships between Departments and State Bodies
  • Deciding the level of detail required
  • Statement of internal financial controls
  • Contents of an external assessment
Other Information

This course can be tailored for in-house delivery. Please email training@ipa.ie if you would like further information about customised training.

Course Leader

This course will be delivered by one of our experienced team of specialists: Aidan Horan, Noreen Fahy, Dr Nicolas Marcoux, Dr Tom Ward.

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