Disability Leadership Program

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Do you want to be part of an exciting new program for people with disability to:

  • Learn more about leadership
  • Build your leadership skills
  • Meet new people and grow your networks
  • Help to change the way people think about disability

The Disability Leadership Program is for people with disability who want to grow their leadership and become better leaders.

We want to empower people with disability to build their skills and confidence so they can take up leadership roles, speak up for people with disability and help to change the way people think about disability in the community.


What is the Disability Leadership Program?

The Disability Leadership Program provides a range of leadership training options.  You can choose from the ones that are right for your leadership goals and your level of leadership experience.

Leadership Victoria, the Disability Leadership Institute and the Victorian Government are working together to provide this new program. Access support is available.


Who is the program for?

The program is for people who:

  • Have a disability
  • Can commit to attending all the program sessions
  • Can commit to doing all the program requirements
  • Live in Victoria now
  • Will be living in Australia for at least the next 5 years

We encourgae applications from people who identify as Aboriginal, Deaf, culturally diverse, women, people living in regional and rural locations, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or gender diverse people.


What leadership experience do I need?

The program is aimed at all levels of leadership for people with disability:

Getting Started: I like to take the lead with other people to get things done. People say that I would be a good leader. I would like to learn more about being a leader.

Experienced: I have experience in leading other people in the community, or in my daily activities or at work. I want to build more skills as a leader. 

Established: I have a lot of leadership experience in the community or at work. I have many achievements as a leader. I want to challenge myself and develop my leadership even further.


Is there a program fee?

The Disability Leadership Program is being provided at no cost to you.*
(*Please note that the Williamson Disability Scholarship has a small fee)

Access support to enable your full participation is available, including Auslan interpreters.


Why should I do this program?

The Disability Leadership Program will help you reach your leadership goals.

You will meet new people and learn from leaders. You will learn new skills and discover new ways to be a leader.

You can choose from the training options that are best for you and suit your level of leadership experience.


How many program options can I choose?

You can choose up to 5 of the training options.  You should only choose from the options that are suitable for your level of leadership experience.

If your application is successful we will try to match you to the options you choose. This may not always be possible.


What are the program options I can choose from?

You can choose up to 5 of the training options.  


How do I apply?

To apply you should complete and submit the Online Application Form. You will need to upload a letter of support from a referee and your resume when you submit your application.


What if I can’t complete my application online?

You can complete your application in other formats – for example in “Word” format or in hard copy.

These applications can be submitted by:

  1. Email to:  
  2. By post to: Leadership Victoria, Level 2, Old Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

If you would like to use other formats, contact us for more information and assistance.

Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 13 September 2017. Please note that late submissions may not be accepted.

How are applications assessed?

An independent panel including people with disability will assess the applications based on the selection criteria.


Your Commitment

We want to make sure that the program places are given to people who are fully committed to making the most of the opportunity.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to sign a form to say that you are committed to attending the program sessions and to meeting the program requirements.


Key dates

Applications open 14 August 2017

Applications close 13 September 2017 

Application outcome notification by 30 September 2017

Program starts October 2017


Do you need more information or help with your application?

If you have questions about the program or need help with your application, contact Leadership Victoria:

Phone: 03 9651 6590


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about the Disability Leadership Program.


Leadership Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

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