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Business planning and governance

Effective business 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.  

Business planning resources

101 Business planning
Australian Taxation Office - starting your own business.

Australia Council for the Arts Marketing Summit 2015 – Cathedral Thinking
Be inspired by Rick Antonson’s talk about future planning.

Business Model Generation – Business Model Canvas
The Business Model Canvas is a tool you can use for developing new business models as part of your business planning strategy.

Queensland Government – Preparing a business plan
A step-by-step guide to preparing your business plan including market research tools, business plan templates, financial spreadsheets and sample plans.

The Guardian – Business plans: tips for arts, culture and the creative industries
Experts and entrepreneurs share their ideas and strategies for developing a practical business plan for your arts business.


Strategic planning resources

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

Museums Australia – Strategic Planning Manual
A strategic planning manual detailing the four phases of developing a strategic plan.

Program of Activities Template
A customisable spreadsheet to detail programming activities over a four-year period.

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


Board governance and performance resources

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.

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

Governance Institute of Australia – Risk management for directors: A handbook
A handbook to guide the development of the integration of governance and risk management frameworks. Details required to download handbook.


Financial planning resources

Financial Template - 12 Month Cash Flow Template (XLSX) (36.9 KB)
A customisable cash flow spreadsheet to forecast incoming and outgoing expenses over a 12 month period.

Financial Template - 4 Year Budget Projection Tool (XLSX) (85.19 KB)
A customisable budget projection spreadsheet to forecast income and expenditure over a four-year period.


Communicating value

Bplans – The 11 Slides You Need to Have in Your Pitch Deck
The key components to include in a successful pitch to a potential investor or funding body.

Bplans – 9 Things That Take a Pitch From Good to Great
A list of key elements which can turn an ordinary pitch into a great presentation.  

TED Talk – How to speak so that people want to listen: Julian Treasure
A how-to talk about making a powerful presentation.   

TED Blog – A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage
Helpful tips to consider before giving a presentation.


Useful links

Australia Council
The Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

Board Connect
Dedicated to providing advice, support and skills development for non-profit boards.

Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal
Tools, resources and advice for starting, running and growing a business.