2018 New & Emerging Communities Leadership Program - Ballarat

Funded by the Victorian Government, this program is offered free for up to 30 leaders from new and emerging communities within Ballarat.

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 New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program (NECLP) have arrived to Australia from over thirty different countries, and all are committed to making a difference in new communities (for example Afghanistan, South Sudan, Nepal, Pacific Islands, Iraq). The group includes people with different experience and backgrounds including refugees, skilled migrants, students and community members.

What will I learn?

  • Build your leadership skills, capacity and confidence 
  • Grow your knowledge of and 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


Who can apply?

  • 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
  • Migrants and refugees with current leadership experience, particularly in civic and organisational leadership, or with leadership potential, are invited to apply
  • Emerging and experienced leaders with a passion for contribution to the community
  • People born in Australia are not eligible for this program

How to apply
Applications for the Ballarat NECLP are now open.
Click here to apply.

Program fees

Free (no fee payable by participants)

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Program Dates

Program Session Date (2018)
Launch Friday 27 July
Day 1 Saturday 28 July
Evening 1 Thursday 16 August
Day 2 Saturday 18 August
Day 3 Saturday 8 September
Evening 2 Friday 14 September
Day 4 Saturday 15 September
Day 5 Saturday 22 September
Day 6 Saturday 6 October
Day 7 and Graduation               
Saturday 20 October             
Post-Program event Thursday 7 February 2019


If you have any questions about the program or application process please contact us on +61 3 9651 6590 or 


If you would like to find out more about being a mentor to an emerging leader on the NECLP program, click here or contact

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