2020 Williamson Leadership Program

  • Applications closing soon - complete an online application form
  • Download the 2020 Williamson brochure
  • Click here to apply for the Islamic Council of Victoria Scholarship 
  • Click here to apply for the scholarship for a person with disability
  • For information regarding scholarships, see below or visit our scholarships page
  • Click here to view Williamson testimonials 
  • Click here to view 2019 Williamson Program participants reflections after the enchantment theme day

About Williamson 

Entering its 31st year, the Williamson Leadership Program offers one of Australia's most sought-after leadership development experiences.

Effective leaders mobilise and empower others to want to get extraordinary things done in their organisations and in the community. True leadership is about the practices future leaders use to transform value into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity and risk into reward.

Williamson provides a unique year of leadership–focused activities that are designed to develop and connect emerging leaders across sectors and generations. The program covers a selection of critical issues facing today’s leaders, brought to life by seminars from renowned leaders, field trips, case studies and other activities that culminate in an end-of-year retreat.

At the conclusion of the program, participants graduate at our annual Presentation Dinner and join our extensive network of Alumni.

The Benefit of Williamson for Organisations

It’s in tough times like these that we need good leaders. It is well known that organisations who invest in leadership development perform better and thrive in today’s economic environment. The Williamson Leadership Program strives to challenge participants to broaden their perspectives and viewpoints on complex issues, and to explore the challenges and opportunities facing today’s leaders. Participants learn how to work in uncertainty and to adapt and thrive in rapidly changing environments as well as how to mobilise and empower others to do extraordinary things. Williamson graduates benefit from the experience immensely and their learnings help communities and organisations perform better and adapt and thrive in today’s economic environment.  

Williamson Intensive 

The Williamson Intensive, introduced in 2017, is designed to improve personal progression through coaching and mentoring. Each participant will be matched with a coach and a mentor, providing opportunity to personally explore Williamson and their leadership. It further leverages leadership learnings, providing individual support to integrate learnings into the workplace, and augmenting core program content.

Who should attend

Leaders who are among the best and brightest in their organisations. Williamson participants typically are high achievers who have approximately 10 years of experience in the workforce. To further enrich the learning each year, group participants span a range of fields, age groups, sectors and backgrounds. Entry for Williamson is highly competitive and all participants are selected on merit.  

Program dates 

10 month program: two full days per month and four evenings, including an opening and closing residential, and overnight field trips to regional Victoria and Canberra, the National Capital.

Click here to view the full program schedule including dates, topics and location. 

Program inclusions 

Williamson is a focused year-long leadership experience, that includes;

  • 26 facilitated learning sessions (up to 4 evenings, 2 full days per month)
  • Four-star resort single accommodation including all-meals at Welcoming Retreat, Commencement Retreat and field trips
  • Overnight field trip to regional Victoria, including transport, accommodation and meals
  • Flights, accommodation and meals at two-day field trip to Canberra, behind-the-scenes Parliament House experience and meeting with Ministers and Party Leaders.
  • Leadership Profiling
  • Harvard’s Immunity to Change process and peer case consultation
  • Over 80 guest speakers sharing practical insights and their own leadership journey
  • All pre-reading and program materials, including Your Leadership edge by Ed O'Malley and Amanda Cebula
  • Graduation Dinner
  • Longitudinal profiling post program to evaluate the impact of the program experience

The Williamson experience includes a powerful opportunity question and influence MPs in Canberra, through an overnight visit to the nation's capital (included in the program fees). 


Click here to view Williamson testimonials.


Program Fees 

Williamson fees are structured so that there is an organisational and an individual component.

Williamson Intensive:

Standard $19,250 +GST
NFP $16,300 +GST
Individual contribution $1,870 +GST

Williamson Standard:

Standard $14,590 +GST
NFP $12,500 +GST
Individual contribution  $1,870 +GST

Click here to apply.


^ Rate for small not-for-profits We understand that some non-profit organisations may ask for non-profit rates on our services. We are pleased to help as best we can, noting that we too are a non-profit with many calls on our resources and we make many pro-bono contributions to many causes. We are pleased to automatically offer special rates to charitable non-profit organisations with an annual turnover less than $10M, as well as (usually) to smaller non-charitable non-profits with an external (i.e. not member-focused) purpose for a better world in the social, economic or environmental spheres. Our non-profit rates are not automatically offered to very large organisations (above $10M), nor to every type of non-profit organisation: we can on request consider other types of non-profits (sporting clubs, member and professional associations, industry associations).


  • Limited scholarships are available (criteria apply). Individual charges or co-contributions may apply. 
  • More information about the scholarship requirements, eligibility, and application process can be found here.
  • 2020 Williamson scholarship application form is available here.  

Scholarship for a Person with Disability 

Effective leaders mobilise and empower others to get extraordinary things done in their organisations and in the community. Leadership Victoria, with the support of the Victorian Government, is pleased to offer a scholarship for a person with a disability in the 2020 Williamson Leadership Program.

Williamson fees are structured so that there is an organisational and an individual component. The standard organisational fee will be fully funded under this scholarship and reasonable adjustments will be catered for. The successful candidate will be liable for the individual contribution of $800 + GST which helps with costs of flights, accommodation, venue hire and catering, and has the option of participating in Williamson Intensive (candidate will be required to pay fee difference). This contribution can be made in instalments and may be partially waived in instances of hardship. 

Who can apply?

Victorians who identify as a person with disability can apply. Williamson participants are typically high achievers who have at least 10 years' experience in the workforce or in other leadership roles, and are generally amongst the best and brightest in their field. Participants will be selected according to the same LV criteria applied to non-scholarship applicants for the Williamson program. 

Please click here to access the online application form. If you need assistance with applying for the scholarship, please contact Yee Min at Leadership Victoria at or +61 3 9651 6542.

To download a word version of the application form, click here. 

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held between August – October 2019, with the intention of advising the successful applicant by October – November 2019. 

2020 Williamson LV ICV Scholarship 

Leadership Victoria and the Islamic Council of Victoria are proud to offer a scholarship to the 2020 Williamson Leadership Program through the Muslim Women's Leadership Initiative. For more information about the scholarship, download the brochure. 

The 2020 Williamson LV ICV Scholarship form is available here. 








Victorian Rural Women's Network - Funded Place

The Victorian Rural Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program offers one funded place in the 2020 Williamson Leadership Program to a rural Victorian woman connected to agriculture. 











Program details are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice.