Women's Community Leadership and Connections Program



Nillumbik Shire Council recognises the important role that local government plays in promoting gender equity.

Council is committed to facilitating improved participation, leadership and access for women, girls and individuals who identify as female.

We are on the lookout for women who are passionate about their community and are willing to take the challenge of learning a range of skills so they can apply their newfound knowledge into leading and inspiring other women in our shire to connect and make a difference in their community.

The aim of the program is to develop emerging women leaders across all areas of Nillumbik community.

If this sounds like you, please complete an Expression of Interest online form below.

This program will bring women together with health, wellbeing and leadership experts to learn a range of skills in visioning, project planning, design and activation. The program is action based, so participants will apply their new skills and knowledge to real-life projects and situations with the support of peers and Council.

Core learning areas include:

  • Health and wellbeing: Creating the right conditions that will support your leadership journey
  • Define: Clarify your project's unique value and position in your community
  • Design: Learn a people-centered process for developing and testing new ideas
  • Action: Develop your unique way of leading that stems from your values

What the program will look like

The program will commence with two Health and Wellbeing workshops run over two Saturdays in partnership with healthAbility.

These workshops will focus on building the skills needed to care for your own health and wellbeing, and using these skills to support the development and overall health and wellbeing of the women in our community into the future.

Leadership program key components

Session 1: Introduction to the program and creating our space

Session 2: Purpose, vision and goals

Session 3: Understanding community and your role in it

Session 4: Project planning and design

Session 5: Stakeholder engagement

Session 6: Preparing for action

There will be a graduation event at the end of the program, followed by a reflection workshop later in the year.

If you require any support to participate in the program, please contact Anna Maio, Community Development Team Leader on 0417 821 153 or Anna.Maio@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Program benefits

  • Development and networking opportunities to support you on your leadership journey
  • Mentoring and coaching opportunities
  • Develop and deliver a project in the community
  • Opportunity to join the Nillumbik Women’s Network
  • Collaborate with council on project ideas and initiatives that matter to the women in the community

If you are ready to invest in yourself and join a collaborative community of emerging women leaders in Nillumbik, then this program is for you!

Eligibility criteria

The program is open to women, girls and individuals who identify as female aged 18 years and over who:

  • live, work, volunteer, study or play in Nillumbik
  • are available to attend all sessions 

Key dates

 Date Event/workshop  Details
Tuesday 9 March Launch of program  Applications open 
Sunday 11 April
Applications close
Wednesday 28 April Virtual meet and greet session   Online, 6.30pm-8pm
Saturday 1 May Health & Wellbeing session
Hurstbridge Hub, 10am-3pm
Saturday 8 May

Health & Wellbeing session

Hurstbridge Hub, 10am-3pm
Wednesday 12 May Leadership Session 1 Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 19 May Leadership Session 2 Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 26 May Leadership Session 3 Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 2 June Leadership Session 4 Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 9 June Leadership Session 5 Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 16 June Leadership Session 6 Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm
Thursday 24 June Graduation Hurstbridge Hub, 6pm-9pm
Thursday 6 October Project Check-in Hurstbridge Hub, 6.30pm-9pm