Leadership and Mentoring Program

About: Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? The Victorian Rural Women’s Network (the Network) offers funded places for eligible Victorian-based rural women on highly regarded leadership and mentoring programs.

Funded places are available to Victorian-based rural women who are connected to agriculture or the agriculture supply chain. The Network is proud to partner with three program providers to offer up to 14 funded places in 2021:

Which program is for you?

The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program (the Program) is designed for rural Victorian women at every stage of their leadership journey, from emerging to experienced leaders and offers the opportunity to gain board experience.

The Network is delighted to be doubling the number of funded places on offer in 2021 on Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Leadership Program (two funded places for senior leaders) and The Observership Program (six funded places for women seeking board experience). Applications open from mid-July 2020 through to early 2021 for the 2021 intake. Which program is right for you?

Are you an emerging leader?

If you are a rural Victorian woman connected with agriculture who is at entry to mid-career leadership level, see:

Regional Leadership                        

Do you live in Victoria’s Alpine Valleys, Ballarat, Goulburn Murray or Wimmera districts?

Applications for:

Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program open: 3 August 2020 – TBC 

(Covering the shires of Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Moira, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga)

Leadership Ballarat + Western Region Program open: October – December 2020 (Dates TBC) 

(Covering the shires of Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees)

 Goulburn Murray Community Leadership Program open: October – December 2020 (Dates TBC) 

(Covering the shires of Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie)

Leadership Wimmera Program open: October – December 2020 (Dates TBC) 

(Covering the shires of Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack)

All 10 regional areas of this program have been included between 2019-2021. Regional Leadership logo


Are you a senior leader? 

If you are a high-achieving rural Victorian woman connected with agriculture who has 10-plus years’ leadership experience, see:

Williamson Community Leadership 

Applications open: Mid-July 2020

Applications close: 30 September 2020


Women’s Leadership Program

Applications open: Mid-July 2020

Applications close: 30 October 2020

Applications for funded places in 2021 open: (Dates TBC)

Do you aspire to be on a board? 

If you are a rural Victorian woman connected to agriculture who wants an introduction to board skills, The Observership Program offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience sitting as an ‘observer’ on a board.

The Observership Program

Applications open: 20 July 2020

Applications close: 16 August 2020


For more information on eligibility criteria, see the individual program links above.
Applications will be assessed against the eligibility and selection criteria on individual partnered program websites and as following: Diversity and inclusion Recipients of funded places on The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program will also represent the diversity of Victoria’s women involved in agriculture or the agriculture supply chain (sector, geographical location, professional experience and personal background). Previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply. Selection panel A selection panel for each program will include Agriculture Victoria employees. Complaints process Complaints, enquiries and feedback in relation to the processing of applications should be sent to vrwnetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au If an applicant, or any other person, continues to be dissatisfied with the administration of the program they may raise their concerns with the Victorian Ombudsman. The Victorian Ombudsman may be contacted by telephone on (03) 9613 6222, or email at ombudsman@ombudsman.vic.gov.au. For further questions and enquiries, email vrwnetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au.