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Community Leadership Program

The City of Whittlesea's new Community Leadership Program will help you build your skills to get more involved and make a difference in your community. This free program is for locals who want to lead community projects, establish personal and professional networks and learn more about local government.

Course details

There are two courses being delivered in 2022.

1. Engaging Leadership

This course will focus on developing practical skills, personal abilities and networks to enable you to work with community and create positive change. Delivered by The Public Value Studio, this nine-week course will feature a mix of both online and in person sessions with local case studies and speakers to build practical knowledge based on real world experiences.  


2. Empowering Leadership

This course will develop your knowledge of the system of local government and good governance, to empower you to work within Council, as candidates, councillors or stakeholders. Delivered by the Victorian Local Governance Association, the course will cover the following topics:

  • Good governance and how to navigate local government
  • How to action and influence change at Council
  • Developing a toolkit of skills and knowledge to work closely with local government, from sitting on an advisory committee through to becoming a candidate in the local election

Both courses run from May, commencing with an introductory unit called Enabling Leadership.

Enabling Leadership is a self-paced online course that will provide you with a deep dive into developing essential leadership skills. Delivered by La Trobe Business School, the course will cover the following topics:

  • Know your own leadership style
  • How to lead others
  • Ways to lead for results
  • Understanding Council and why it matters – an introduction to local government and how it works.

Who is eligible

The Community Leadership Program aims to represent City of Whittlesea’s diversity and is inclusive of all genders, age groups (18+), abilities, cultures and backgrounds. The recruitment of participants will aim to reflect diversity in the City.

Support will be available for all participants to help you attend.

If you are a City of Whittlesea resident, worker or student aged 18 or over who:

  • Can commit to attending all the workshops
  • Have an interest in developing your own and other people’s leadership in the community
  • Are motivated to participate and engage in community life
  • Have a desire to use your skills to make a difference and enhance the City of Whittlesea community

We want you to apply!

*Please note, individuals who did not comply with governance conditions from previous elected or selected local government positions or individuals who have not complied with grant acquittal conditions from previous Council funding cannot apply.

How to apply

There are a 20 places available in Engaging Leadership and Empowering Leadership. Participants will be selected through an Expression of Interest process which will include informal interviews.

To submit an Expression of Interest, please complete and submit the application below by 5pm Monday 25 April 2022.

As well as the eligibility criteria listed above the selection panel will also consider:

  • Geographical representation from across the City of Whittlesea
  • A range of cultural backgrounds, abilities, gender and ages
  • Diversity of personal and life experiences.

Full program details will be provided on acceptance of a program place.

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