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Strategic planning and governance

Effective planning is made up of strategic planning - vision, strategy and objectives - and business planning - marketing, financial and operational plans for achieving objectives. These resources assist with development of strategic and business planning.

Strategic planning resources for organisations

Australia Council – Strategic Planning Framework
A guide for strategic planning for arts and cultural organisations.

Our Community – Strategic Planning Resources
Resources to help not for profit organisations undertake strategic planning.

Our Community – Strategic planning versus operational planning
An overview of the difference between an operational plan and strategic planning and a guide to integrating them.

Business Queensland – Improving your business
Tools to help you improve your business including SWOT analysis, benchmarking, market research and trend analysis.

Business Queensland – Create a business vision
A practical how-to guide for creating a business vision including the purpose of a business vision, identifying your long-term business goals and which key aspects of your business are important.

Reconciliation Australia
Resources, tools and templates for developing a reconciliation action plan.


Business planning resources for organisations

Operating a sustainable arts and cultural business - The Business Queensland website, operated by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, has a wealth of resources to support small businesses in Queensland with resources in business planning, finance, marketing and sales, employment and legal structures.

Business Queensland - What’s in a business plan?
A step-by-step guide to developing your business plan that considers product or service market analysis, marketing plan, legal and risk management plan, operating plan, personnel and finance plan.

Business Queensland – Tools for preparing a business plan
Including a market research kit, a business planning kit, how to prepare a business continuity plan and how to use a SWOT analysis.

Business Queensland – Business Mentoring
A guide to business mentoring, how to become a mentor, finding a mentor and mentoring women in business.

Tourism and Events Queensland Events Guide
The Queensland Events Guide is designed to assist organisers throughout an entire event project to ensure they are equipped to stage the best event possible.

Arts Council England – Business planning guidance or arts and cultural organisations
Commissioned by Arts Council England, this guide helps to develop good practice business planning guidance for the arts and cultural sector.


Growing your arts and cultural business

Business Queensland – Ways to grow your business
A guide to understanding if your business is ready to grown and some ways to grow it.

Business Queensland – Ways to transform your business
A guide to implementing business transformation including how to transform your business model, operations and processes.

Create NSW – Creating new income – a toolkit to support creative practice
A practical how to guide to generating revenue for your creative practice including building you donor base, telling your story, trusts and foundation, major gifts, crowdfunding and collective giving, business sponsorship as well as some relevant case studies.


Board governance and performance resources for organisations

Arts Acumen Resource Guide – Managing Arts Boards: understanding roles and responsibilities seminar 
Useful resources, guides and templates to assist with understanding and managing the roles and responsibilities of an arts board.

Australia Council for the Arts – Essential governance practices for arts organisations
Best practice recommendations encouraging the creation of value and provide accountability and control systems to minimise problems and optimise performance and accountability.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission – ACNC Governance Standards
An outline of the governance standards for charities to remain registered with the ACNC.

Australian Institute of Company Directors – Effective Board Reporting: Writing
Five tips for writing a board paper.

Australian Institute of Company Directors – Risk management – Role of the board
A resource exploring the role of a board to set the risk appetite of the organisation and identify and manage risk through a risk management framework.

Cultural Governance Alliance – A practical guide to Governance
A range of essential information, bespoke resources and downloadable templates that address board structure, finance, risk management and fundraising, board meetings and board recruitment.

Institute of Community Directors Australia (Not-for-profits) - Recruitment
Tools and resources to help find new Board Members

Institute of Community Directors Australia – Board diversity
Resources to help make your board more inclusive and diverse


Financial planning resources for organisations

Business Queensland - Tax for business: the basics
A useful overview of business tax, employer obligations and record keeping for tax purposes.

Business Queensland – Managing cash flow
A guide will help you to manage your cash flow and understand how to use cash flow analysis to inform business decisions.

Business Queensland – Monitoring your financial performance
A guide to help with how to assess your business performance using common financial ratios.  Measuring profitability, profit drivers, monitoring cash flow and liquidity, risk and return and sales.

New! Guidance for Directors of Arts and Cultural Companies
This factsheet has been commissioned by Arts Queensland and prepared by Board Matters to provide guidance to directors of arts and cultural companies about insolvency and the safe harbour provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) including the COVID-19 related temporary measures.