2018 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 New and Emerging Communities Leadership Programs (NECLP) run throughout the year.

In 2018, programs will be held in: Gippsland (applications open now), Ballarat, Melbourne (applications closed) and a supplementary women's program in Melbourne.

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.

What to expect?

  • 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?

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

Application Dates

Applications for the Gippsland (Latrobe Valley) NECLP are now open. Click here to apply.
Applications for the Gippsland program close Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Applications for the 2018 Melbourne NECLP are now closed.

Applications for the Ballarat and Women's (Melbourne) programs will open soon. For more information, please join our mailing list by emailing us here.

Program Fees

FREE  (no fee payable by participants) 

Program Dates

Download the 2018 program dates and locations

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