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Apply for the Cardinia Community Leadership Program

Applications for the 2021 program are now open and close on Monday 12 April, 5pm

  • The Cardinia Community Leadership Program is a free program for emerging community leaders aged 18 and over who live in Cardinia Shire. We deliver the program in partnership with Leadership Victoria.
  • Participants will build and strengthen their capacity in community leadership and participation so they can become even stronger and more effective leaders in local, groups, schools, organisations or neighbourhoods.
  • The program runs for 8 months from May to December 2021 at various locations across Cardinia Shire.

COVID-19 restrictions

  • Please note the program will be delivered face-to-face, however this may change or need to be altered in line with any current COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.
  • Face-to-face delivery of the program will adhere to and meet all COVID-19 restrictions and hygiene practices.

Participants act as community mentors to build leadership skills in themselves and others, while promoting health, wellbeing, connection and high participation in local and municipal community life.

The program develops a sustainable leadership framework that is inclusive, accessible and meets the needs of our diverse community.

The program is designed to: 

  • build capacity to address community challenges and generate local solutions.
  • get you ready for community leadership roles and to be part of decision-making processes.
  • strengthen relationships and networks between participants, Council, and community groups and organisations, based on valuing and respecting diversity and inclusion.

You must be:

  • a resident of Cardinia Shire
  • 18 years or over
  • already involved in the local community in some way
  • able to attend all program sessions.

Participants will work with Council and Leadership Victoria to develop skills, and build capacity and knowledge in:

  • strategic planning and project management
  • strategic thinking and project planning
  • goal setting
  • what makes a good leader and good leadership qualities
  • leadership without authority
  • leading through change and adversity
  • leading and working collaboratively to achieve important outcomes
  • effective interpersonal skills
  • identifying local community challenges and issues and solutions
  • networking.

Participants will learn by:

  • working collaboratively in small groups
  • on-site visits
  • hearing from guest speakers including local leaders, who will share their lived experiences and stories from the field
  • having access to previous participants in the program.
  • The program runs for 8 months from May to December 2021 at various locations across Cardinia Shire.
  • Outside session ‘homework’ and group work is also required.

Session details:

Launch event - evening
Wednesday 12 May 
5.30pm to 8.30pm

Session 1 - daytime
Saturday 15 May
10am to 3.30pm

Session 2 - daytime
Saturday 12 June
10am to 3.30pm

Session 3 - evening
Wednesday 16 June
5:30pm to 9:00pm

Session 4 - daytime
Saturday 10 July
10am to 3.30pm

Session 5 - evening
Wednesday 14 July
5:30pm to 9:00pm

Session 6 - daytime
Saturday 7 August
10am to 3.30pm

Session 7 - evening
Wednesday 11 August
5:30pm to 9:00pm

Session 8 - daytime
Saturday 11 September
10am to 3.30pm

Session 9 - evening
Wednesday 15 September
5:30pm to 9:00pm

Session 10 - daytime
Saturday 9 October
10am to 3.30pm

Session 11 - daytime
Saturday 6 November
10am to 3.30pm

Session 12 - evening
Wednesday 10 November
5:30pm to 9:00pm

Graduation event - evening
Wednesday 1 December
5.30pm to 8.30pm


  • Applicants and their referees may be contacted by phone to discuss the application.
  • Council will review all applications and select up to 20 participants.
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Tuesday 20 April 2021.

 "I can't thank Cardinia Shire Council and Leadership Victoria enough for this program.  I feel I am not just a better leader, but a better stronger person for having completed this course."

"Thank you so much to Cardinia Shire Council and Leadership Victoria for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of this program.  Thank you for the content and delivery of the program and for pushing us out of our comfort zone and into greater things."

"Thank you so much for my new friends.  It is wonderful to be able to support one another in our projects for a stronger community".

Contact the Community Development Facilitator on 1300 787 624 or