New & Emerging Communities Leadership Program

The New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program (NECLP) provides an outstanding opportunity for potential and current leaders from new and emerging communities across Victoria to build their leadership skills and capacity - to contribute to community development.

Funded by the Victorian Government, this program is offered free for up to 30 leaders from new and emerging communities within Victoria, with both Melbourne and regional Victoria programs on offer.

There are four NECLP programs run throughout the year, with the first held in Melbourne, launching Wednesday 15 March. Subsequent programs will be held in Wodonga, City of Casey and a women's only program in the City of Whittlsea.

About the Program

The program features guest speakers, interactive activities and networking opportunities and provides a leadership development experience with long-lasting benefits for participants and the community.

Past graduates of the NECLP have arrived to Australia from over thirty different countries, and all are committed to making a difference in new communities (e.g. could include Afghanistan, South Sudan, Nepal, Pacific Islands, Iraq). The group includes people with different experience and backgrounds including refugees, skilled migrants, students and community members.

For enquiries, please contact us on 03 9651 6590 or

What to expect?

  • Build your leadership skills, capacity and confidence 
  • Grow your networks in government, business and community sectors
  • Start a group community project
  • Share and build your experience with a mentor
  • Make the most of your leadership journey with a diverse group of people committed to making a difference

Download current brochure


Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from migrants from new, small and recently-arrived communities, who may not be well-established or may not yet have strong links to service-providers and government agencies.  The group includes people with different experience and backgrounds including refugees, skilled migrants, students and community members.


Program Dates 

Series 2: Wodonga

Currently in session.  For dates and times click here.

Series 3: City of Casey

25 August to 14 October.  Apply now

Series 4: Women's of Whittlesea

likely dates: across November

Program Fees

FREE  (no fee payable by participants) 

If you have any questions about the program or application process please contact us on 03 9651 6590 or


Graduate comments:
“Since I graduated from NECLP, I have built a very strong network and very good connections with top leaders from other communities and their organisations. I have been empowered and more confident to empower the community, especially the most vulnerable and isolated community members, and support them to have a sense of belonging to the wider community.” SHABNAM DALIRI

“I would like to thank LV for all your excellent work in putting together such a high quality NECLP for new and emerging community leaders. It has helped me with the skills and confidence needed to take a forward stride in making a positive impact in my community” CONSTANTINE OSUCHUKWU, ST PAUL’S BAKERY HILL



Mentoring forms a critical component of the NECLP. Each program participant will be matched to a mentor with the aim of further developing their individual, organisational and community leadership skills and capacity. 

As a mentor, you will be expected to meet with your mentee on a regular basis, with at least one meeting each month, as well as participating in an induction session. You will receive support via program resources and a Mentor Coordinator. Mentoring through LV offers an opportunity to strengthen your own leadership capabilities, reflect on your practice and gain benefit from seeing others develop new skills. It is also a chance to have a deeper connection with the new and emerging communities in your region.


If you are interested in being a mentor for the NECLP, you will need to complete an expression of interest form. If you have any questions about mentoring, please contact us on 03 9651 6590 or



Leadership Victoria       
Phone: 03 9651 6590