The Governance Institute is an independent professional association with a sole focus on the practice of governance. They provide education and support for practising chartered secretaries, governance advisers and risk managers. Their postgraduate education in applied corporate governance and risk management sets the standard for entry into the profession. They also offer Certificates in Governance Practice, Governance and Risk Management and Governance for Not-for-Profits and have more than 7,000 active members. Historically they started in London in 1891, with the Australian Institute of Secretaries of Joint Stock Companies and other Public Bodies established as independent of the London body in 1909.