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  • There are still a few places available for anyone eligible for the below scholarships.

  • Contact Vicki Scott to discuss. 

  • General applications for 2023 have closed.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview in November 2022.

  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 30 December 2022.
    * Applications can only be received after the closing date where scholarships have not been filled.



Gardiner Dairy Foundation - valued at $6600 each (2 available)

Eligibility criteria:

Must work and or reside in a recognized Victorian dairy community

Be directly engaged with any part of the dairy value chain

Show a genuine interest in their community and community engagement

Be able to demonstrate leadership potential

Ken Sampson Memorial Scholarship Merit scholarship - valued up to $5,000 (1 available)

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have demonstrated passion, initiative and a strong track record for being an active participant in or leader of community based natural resource management activities,

  • Have demonstrated a passion to promote community awareness and understanding of natural resource management and environmental health issues,

  • Be a permanent resident within the Goulburn Broken Catchment area,

  • Support the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s vision of - “Healthy, Resilient and Productive Landscapes Supporting Vibrant Communities”,

  • Is either a self-funded participant (i.e. not sponsored by another scholarship or does not have access to employer funded participation), committee member or employee of the Goulburn Broken CMA

Country Fire Authority Scholarship - valued at $6600

Eligibility criteria:

Must be a CFA volunteer with a local station within the Goulburn Murray region

Ability to demonstrate leadership potential

Ability to commit the required time and energy to the program and to engage as an active learner

Show a genuine interest in their community and community engagement


  • The selection criteria are detailed in the Program Overview document. 

  • Complete each section of the Application Form in full.

  • Type/print all answers clearly in space provided.

  • Only one letter of recommendation will be accepted. GMCL may contact the author of any letter of recommendation.

  • The application must be signed by both the candidate and the employer, where applicable.

  • Nominees must have the full support of the organisation or corporation they represent. Individuals may nominate themselves.

  • A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed by a panel following the close of applications.

  • Attendance at the launch, opening, mid-year and closing retreats and the graduation night is mandatory. Participants are required to attend 80% of program days and fully participate in delivering a Community Leadership Project to be eligible for graduation. 

  • For each program intake a balance is sought among participants in terms of gender, cultural diversity, geographic location, private/public, profit/non-profit etc. Fairley Leadership Program is committed to selecting candidates from communities across the region. No individual or organisation should be discouraged from applying for economic reasons as some scholarships are available.

  • All nominations are subject to confidential evaluation.

  • Given the time commitments of the Fairley Leadership Program, and to be fair to the individual, their family and employer, it is unlikely that the panel will select a participant who is enrolled in a formal course of study (part-time degrees, diplomas, etc).

For questions regarding this application process please contact the Program & Strategy Manager via 

Please download the form here – save it to your computer, fill it in and email your completed application to



Is the Fairley Leadership Program a Business Management Course?

No, the Fairley Leadership Program is a community leadership program aiming to develop emerging community leaders. Participants undertake a 10 month program where they primarily learn from community leaders about the issues impacting the Goulburn Murray region.


Delivery of a Community Leadership Project provides participants an opportunity to develop partnerships and networks to create positive change and  community outcomes aligned with regional priorities. 


Through their interaction with leaders at a Local, State and National level, participants are exposed to the ethics and values, personal attributes and individual styles of the leaders. The program aims to be an experiential community leadership development experience with minimal time spent learning or comparing academic theories.


A pathway into a La Trobe MBA

Fairley Leadership Program graduates will be eligible to apply for credit of one subject (equivalent to 15 credit points) towards the La Trobe MBA, this core subject being Responsible Leadership. Click here for an information flyer. La Trobe offers one-on-one consultations with a course advisor for prospective students who wish to learn more about the MBA program and determine if the program is the right fit for them, registration is online 

Who can participate?

Anyone can apply to participate in the Fairley Leadership Program. Candidates should:

  • Be able to demonstrate leadership potential;

  • Show a genuine interest in community affairs;

  • Have the potential to commit their time and energy to the community; and

  • Be ready to accept the time commitment required for completing the Program.


Potential participants complete an application form, attend an interview and if selected are offered a place in the upcoming program.

Is there an age limit for participation in the Fairley Leadership Program?

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply for the Fairley Leadership Program. 

Does my application guarantee me a place in the Program?

We usually receive more applications than we have places available on the Program, so some people miss out each year.  Geographical distribution, cultural diversity, gender, etc. are taken into account by the selection panel along with your personal experience, potential and attributes. If you miss out on a place, you should consider applying again in the future.

How much does the Program cost?

The 2023 Fairley Leadership Program course fee is $6,000 plus GST. A number of scholarships are available to ensure diversity within the group. No individual or organisation should be discouraged from applying for financial reasons. Regular payments can be negotiated and, in some instances, sponsorship can be sought to meet this fee. Please contact the Programs & Strategy Manager on if you would like to discuss your potential eligibility before applying.

Will it matter if I can’t always attend?

The Fairley Leadership Program requires a strong commitment over its eleven month duration. The launch, graduation, opening, mid-year and closing retreats are compulsory. In order to graduate, a minimum attendance rate of 80% is required for all Program Days, Regional Immersives and Study Tours.


When will you set the dates for next year?

Draft dates will be announced in January 2023. Every endeavour will be made to stick to these dates, but there are some variables that are outside our control that may cause a shift of dates e.g. availability of speakers, emerging health regulations. If you plan to apply to the program and have key events planned for the year such as annual leave, a wedding or a major overseas holiday, please mention this during the interview as it may be able to factored into the equation.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the opportunities for aspiring and existing leaders in our community, follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest information and announcements.

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