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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

The program will be offered in 2025.

The Community Leadership Program contains a series of courses designed to educate and equip those with an interest in community leadership to create a positive impact in our community.

About the courses

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

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 six-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.  

Watch what former participants have to say about the Community Leadership Program. 

Enabling Leadership

The Enabling Leadership course, delivered by Latrobe University Business School, is split into three broad subjects delivered online over four weeks. Leading Self explores the way we lead and encourages us to question and reflect on our personal leadership style; Leading Others examines the evolution of leadership and critically examines the characteristics of successful teams; Leading for Results explores our strategic alignment to goals and actions, as well as understanding the fundamentals of strategy and business models. Subjects in the course are part of the La Trobe Master of Business Administration course. In addition, there is a session on Understanding Local Council and why it matters.

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.

Support will be available for all participants to help you attend. Please talk to us about your accessibility or other needs, such as child-minding for in-person sessions, so that we can ensure you can actively participate.

If you are a City of Whittlesea resident aged 18 years or over who:

  • Has 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 local community
  • Can commit to attending all the workshops

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 City of Whittlesea funding cannot apply.

Information for applicants

Applications are currently closed

Those who have applied will receive an instant confirmation of your submission.

If selected, A staff member at the City of Whittlesea will be in contact with you via email to confirm your place..

Selection process:

There are a limited number of places available. Participants will be selected through an Expression of Interest process which may include informal interviews.

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, genders and ages
  • Diversity of personal and life experiences.

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

Apply now

Applications are currently closed.


For further information on the Community Leadership Program speak to our dedicated team at or call 9217 2170.