The Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program honours the legacy of the late Joan Kirner AC. As Victoria’s first woman premier, she blazed a trail for women in public life and public office. The program honours this legacy and supports future generations of young Victorian women to follow in her footsteps.

Program Overview:
Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program

The program aims to empower and support women to identify the leadership challenges they face, and develop practical skills and strategies to advance their leadership careers. Delivered in partnership with Leadership Victoria, round one of the program will be held from 27 June to 8 August 2022.

Participants will take part in interactive learning development workshops, collaborative group work, structured networking and mentoring activities, and hear from guest speakers that are shifting the perceptions of young women in leadership.

Applications for Round two of the program specifically for women employed in non-traditional and male-dominated industries will open on 27 June 2022. This round will focus on addressing the particular leadership challenges experienced by women working in these industries.

The Victorian Government is proud to support women to attend the program by reimbursing childcare, accommodation and travel costs. Please note that reimbursement is capped and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Read the Application Guide to help you prepare your application.


You are eligible for the Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program if you:

  • identify as a woman;
  • are aged between 22 and 40;
  • live in Victoria, regardless of residency or citizenship status; and
  • consider yourself an emerging leader.

We encourage women with diverse lived experience to apply, including Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women of colour, and the LGBTQI+ community.

Assessment Criteria

For Round one, you must be available to attend the program on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 (in person attendance)
  • Thursday 30 June 2022 (in person attendance)
  • Thursday 14 July 2022 (online attendance)
  • Thursday 21 July 2022 (online attendance)
  • Thursday 28 July 2022 (in person attendance)

The program does not provide an accredited qualification.

Assessment Process

Round one applications close on Monday 25 April 2022.

Applications for Round two will open on 27 June 2022 and close on 1 August 2022. Course dates for round two will be provided in the coming weeks.

Leadership Victoria will convene an assessment panel to review your application based on your response to the selection criteria, and provide recommendations to the Minister for Women. You will not be required to attend an interview.

How to Apply

Round One applications have closed. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application in late May 2022. For any technical issues with completing the application form, please email for assistance. For questions about the program content, please email Leadership Victoria at

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