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 offers funded places for eligible rural Victorian 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 four program providers:

Which program is for you?

The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program is designed for rural Victorian women at every stage of their leadership journey, from emerging to experienced leaders.

In 2020, funded places will be available on five programs. Applications open throughout 2019 for the 2020 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 Great South Coast, Loddon Murray, Geelong or Alpine Valley districts?

Applications for:

Leadership Great South Coast program open: 22 July-25 September 2019

Leaders for Geelong program open: 21 August-7 November 2019

Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program  open: 1 September-30 September 2019

Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program open: Details coming soon

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


Are you a senior leader? APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2020

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

Williamson Community Leadership

Applications open: Early May 2019

Applications close: Extended to Sunday 1 September 2019

Women’s Leadership Program

Applications opening early 2020

More information to come.

Are you a woman with board experience who wants to boost your skills?

If you are a rural Victorian woman connected to agriculture who has board experience and wants to strengthen skills and improve effectiveness, see:

Victorian Office for Women

Women’s Board Leadership Program

  • Strengthening Board Skills
  • Mastering Board Skills

Applications open

Applications close: Extended to Tuesday 17 September 2019.


Do you aspire to be on a board? APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2020

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. See:

The Observership Program

Applications open: 22 July 2019

Applications close: Extended to 25 August 2019


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@ecodev.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@ecodev.vic.gov.au