2020 Williamson Leadership Program

Applications for 2020 Williamson are now open 

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.

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.  

Information Sessions


Evening Session

Morning Session


Wednesday 22 May 2019

Tuesday 4 June 2019


5:45pm, concludes 7:30pm

7:30am, concludes 9:00am


JJ Clark Room

Level 1, Old Treasury Building

Spring Street


JJ Clark Room

Level 1, Old Treasury Building

Spring Street



Light refreshment

Light refreshment

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. 

Applications open May 2019 and close in July 2019. 

Program inclusions 

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

  • 26 facilitated learning sessions (4 evenings, 2 full days per month)
  • Four-star resort single accommodation including all-meals at Opening Retreat, Closing 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.
  • Psychometric tests,
  • Leadership Profiling and Harvard’s Immunity to Change profiling
  • 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). 

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

^ 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 soon. 


"Recently I spoke to members of a community leadership program who’d come to Canberra for a couple of days of briefings from politicians and others. They’d been to Question Time a few hours before I met them. To journalists, it was a pretty standard QT. For these people, what they witnessed was shocking. They had trouble getting their heads around how the goings on – the shouting, the insults – could be so dreadful. They’d looked over at the schoolchildren in another part of the public gallery and wondered what those youngsters were thinking. They asked: why do our politicians act like this and what can be done? All 72 decided to write to their MPs to say this wasn’t the type of conduct they wanted to see from them.“There are no easy ways to rid ourselves of the coup culture, or to force tin-eared politicians to lift their game. But it wouldn’t hurt for more people to follow the example of those in the [Williamson] community leadership program and remind their MPs of their KPIs”. @Michelle Grattan@ConversationEDU (2018)

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