Women Leading Locally

The Victorian Government is inviting women to apply for their Women Leading Locally program to develop leadership skills and campaign as candidates in council elections. Applications close 28 June 2022.

A total of 120 places will be offered in this new community leadership program. Women aspiring to stand for local council election in 2024 will be given priority.

Applications are open to women of all ages and backgrounds. Women with a strong passion for their community are encouraged to apply.

There are 60 places available for the program’s first intake in 2022. The selection criteria aim to recruit women who reflect the diversity of local communities in the 30 council areas where women were most under-represented after the October 2020 local government elections, including urban, regional and rural locations across Victoria. The Victorian Government welcomes applications from women of all ages and backgrounds. Young women, women who are Aboriginal, live with a disability, are from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds or identify as LGBTQI+ are especially encouraged to apply.

The program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to succeed in local leadership roles. Upon completion, participants will receive a formal Certificate in Community Leadership and Governance (Local Government).

The Victorian Government has set a target of having at least 50 per cent women councillors and mayors in local government by 2025. This program was developed to help more women step into community leadership roles.

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