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THE FAIRLEY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (FLP)

 

EMPOWERING LEADERS OF THE FUTURE

Harnessing the extensive skills, networks and insights of our alumni and the collective strength of 9 regional leadership programs across Victoria, the Fairley Leadership Program enables participants to be adaptive, responsive and resilient leaders.

Offering a mix of learning environments we include; face to face, online and intensives gaining invaluable access to key decision and policy makers and change creators. 

The Fairley Leadership Program encourages the development of a vigorous network of community leaders by:

  • offering emerging leaders an intensive annual program that explores the major issues and opportunities for the Goulburn Murray region;

  • providing an environment where emerging leaders from the business, government, cultural, community and agricultural sectors can develop links and understanding;

  • enabling emerging leaders to meet and learn from existing leaders; and

  • combining emerging and existing leaders as a continuing resource of skills and influence to further enrich the community.

Specifically designed to develop and maximise an individual’s capacity for community leadership, the year-long Fairley Leadership Program immerses participants from sectors and locations across the Goulburn Murray region in the unique and comprehensive professional and personal development program.  Our key focus is enabling participants to realise their full potential and demonstrate leadership in action through our immersive, nimble and adaptive program.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Each year Goulburn Murray Community Leadership (GMCL) partners with our long term supporters and employers to provide a number of scholarships to enable individuals from a variety of sectors, locations and special interests to participate in the Fairley Leadership Program.

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ELIGIBILITY

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. Candidates should:

  • Hold a decision-making role in employment or extensive community experience;

  • Have more than five years work or community experience with a still-developing career;

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in community affairs and a commitment to the community; and

  • Be ready to accept the time commitment and challenges of the program year and ongoing community involvement.

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

Applications for the Fairley Leadership Program 2021 are now open.  Click on Apply Now to be directed to our online application process.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Fairley Leadership Program?


The Fairley Leadership Program – operated by Goulburn Murray Community Leadership – provides an opportunity for people to develop leadership skills, explore the major issues facing the region and assist positive change. Each year, the Fairley Leadership Program is offered to 25 inspiring regional leaders. For more information, visit the about page.




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 2021 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 assist with this fee. Please call the Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Luscombe, on 0427 265 306 if you would like to discuss your potential eligibility before applying.




Is the Fairley Leadership Program a Business Management Course?


No, the Fairley Leadership Program is a community leadership program. Participants undertake a year long program where they primarily learn from existing leaders about the issues impacting on our region and the opportunities for positive change. Through their interaction with leaders at a Local, State and National level, the participants are exposed to the ethics and values, personal attributes and individual styles of the leaders. Fairley Leadership is very much a hands-on leadership experience with little time spent learning or comparing academic theories.




Will it matter if I can't always attend?


The Fairley Leadership Program requires a strong commitment for the duration of the 11 months. The launch, graduation, opening and closing retreats are compulsory. In order to graduate from the Program, a minimum attendance rate of 80% is required for all seminars, a small number of dinners and study tours to Melbourne and Canberra.




When will you set the dates for next year?


Draft dates will be announced in November. Every endeavour will be made to stick to these dates, but there are some variables that are outside our control e.g. Parliamentary sitting times, that may cause a shift of dates. If you plan to apply to the program and have key events planned for the year such as your wedding or a major overseas holiday you should mention this during the interview as it may be able to factored into the equation.




How do I apply?


All applications must be submitted online before the closing deadline via our website form.




How long does the Program go for?


The program is intensive and runs for 11 months.




How do participants get selected to take part in the program?


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. Candidates should: hold a decision-making role in employment or extensive community experience; have more than five years work or community experience with a still-developing career; demonstrate a strong interest in community affairs and a commitment to the community; and be ready to accept the time commitment and challenges of the program year and ongoing community involvement. People from rural and isolated communities, disadvantaged backgrounds, Aboriginal and ethnically diverse communities are actively encouraged to apply.




Can my business get involved with sponsorship?


Yes - we have a number of sponsorship levels and opportunities available.




Where can I find out more information?


Email info@fairleyleadership.com.au or phone (03) 5831 8420 for more information.





AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF COMPANY DIRECTORS COURSE (AICD)

Goulburn Murray Community Leadership partners with the Australian Institute of Company Directors each year to offer the Company Directors Course, one day a week over five weeks.

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ALUMNI

The Fairley Leadership Program brings together diverse men and women with multiple perspectives, and builds relationships based on trust and understanding.

Since 1997, Fairley Leadership has competitively selected more than 600 men and women from many different sectors, backgrounds and ethnicities from throughout the Goulburn Murray region.

On completion of the Fairley Leadership Program, participants become Fairley Fellow, joining the Fairley Leadership Alumni.  They include, among others, corporate executives, government officials, entrepreneurs, community organisers and directors of not-for-profit organisations.

Fairley Leadership participants connect not only with each other but also with the over 120 community, business and government leaders they meet during their Fairley Leadership Program year.

Fairley Fellows make lifelong connections with diverse leaders – connections that help them advance personally, professionally and in community leadership roles.

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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Watch this space for other opportunities coming soon.

 

CONTACT

If you would like to learn more about Goulburn Murray Community Leadership, our programs and the benefits of community leadership for individuals and organisations large and small, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

T: (03) 5831 8420

M: 0427 265 306
E: info@fairleyleadership.com.au

 

PO BOX 1409, Shepparton VIC 3632

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