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Specifically designed to develop and maximise an individual’s capacity for community leadership, the Fairley Leadership Program immerses participants from sectors and locations across the Goulburn Murray region.

Balancing the exploration of leadership and community building, this unique and immersive program enables participants to realise their potential and demonstrate community leadership in action.

The Fairley Leadership Program is built around our Community Leadership Model which encompasses three key areas of learning and exploration: 

  • Leadership

  • Regional Awareness

  • Mobilisation

You can find more information about the Fairley Leadership Program here. 



Expressions of interest for the 2024 Fairley Leadership Program are open!

  1. Submit your expression of interest by filling in this online form or clicking the 'Apply Now' button below (click here to view the form questions before starting)

  2. Receive email confirmation within a week, detailing instructions for the next steps of the EOI process

  3. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview in December 2023

  4. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Monday 15th January 2024

Expressions of interest for the 2024 Fairley Leadership Program close 5:00pm Sunday 19th November 2023.



Participants are selected according to a comprehensive list of criteria including a demonstrated capacity for leadership, broad ranging interests and the potential to sustain positions of substantial responsibility in the community. 


People from rural and isolated communities, disadvantaged backgrounds, Aboriginal and ethnically diverse communities are actively encouraged to apply.


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;

  • Be ready to accept the time commitment required for completing the program; and 

  • Show up with a willingness to learn, be challenged, and lead where you live

  • What is the Fairley Youth Leadership Program?
    Delivered in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council and Goulburn Murray Community Leadership – the pilot program funded by VicHealth, provides emerging young leaders the opportunity to develop leadership skills, explore local community issues and determine how they can contribute positively in their local communities.
  • Who can participate?
    Nominees need to: ​ Be 18 - 25 years old during the period Jan-June 2023 Be from the Greater Shepparton Local Government Area. Click here for list of towns eligible. Demonstrate an interest in contributing to the community and learning how to create positive change in the community People from rural and isolated communities, disadvantaged backgrounds, Aboriginal and ethnically diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Does my application or nomination guarantee me a place in the program?
    No. The program facilitator will review applications and may interview all nominees. After this process, the program facilitator will determine successful nominations. All nominees and nominators will be informed of the outcome during February 2023.
  • How much does the Program cost?
    The Fairley Youth Community Leadership Program is FREE.
  • Will it matter if I can't always attend?
    The Fairley Youth Community Leadership Program requires a strong commitment for the duration of the 5 months. In order to graduate from the Program, a minimum attendance rate of 80% of all sessions is required.
  • How do I apply?
    All applications must be submitted using the program application form by the closing deadline.
  • How long does the Program go for?
    The program will include approximately 10 sessions and run from February, March, April, May & June 2023.
  • Can my business get involved with sponsorship?
    Yes - there are sponsorship and program investment opportunities available. As this is a pilot project using VicHealth seed funding, we believe there will be opportunities for local businesses to financially support ongoing program implementation and sustainability. Please contact the GMCL Executive Officer, Nathan Bibby on 0427 515 969 or email to discuss.
  • Where can I find out more information?
    Email or call Nathan Bibby on 0427 515 969 for more information.
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