Good governance helps your Hub to run smoothly—it means that everyone is clear on how decisions are made, and who is responsible for making decisions and seeing them through.

How governance helps

Clear decision-making processes and accountability are central to success for lots of features of your Hub. Such as:

  • leadership and direction
  • management structures and staff
  • ownership and management of physical assets like buildings
  • operations and activities that happen in the buildings
  • making sure day-to-day work fits into the bigger picture your Hub’s vision
  • management of funds and budget.

Find a good fit

To keep everyone in the picture, your community partnership group needs to define your governance structure and how it will work day-to-day. This guide can help your group to learn more about the principles of good governance.

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ way to govern your Hub, but some questions to start with are:

  • What are the governance options for our Hub?
  • What needs to happen to make this a reality?
  • Who can take the lead?

Formalise governance

There are lots of ways to formalise governance in your Hub.

You could:

  • create a Memorandum of Understanding with your community partnership group, or with the organisations and individuals that will deliver services and activities in your Hub
  • form an agreement to use other community organisations’ facilities, e.g. halls, meeting spaces, recreation and sporting facilities, information technology centres, libraries and performing arts spaces.

Read more about the different kinds of agreements in this guide.

Related Resources

Page last updated: 18th September, 2014

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