Application and Selection Process
This is not a standard leadership program. It is a Community Leadership experience and it’s available to those who are ready to rise to the challenge.
Places in the LGSC Community Leadership Program are limited. To ensure high quality participants from diverse backgrounds the selection process is robust and transparent.
Stage 1 – Online Application – 2021 Applicants FAQ’s
Stage 2 – Shortlisting
Stage 3 – Interview Process
Stage 4 – Offers made
Note participants will be chosen on merit and their overall fit with the group.
Selection criteria for the annual Leadership Great South Coast Community Leadership Program include:
- Potential to contribute significantly to the Great South Coast community
- Ability to commit the required time and energy to the program and to engage as an active learner
- Proven leadership record OR aspirations with potential for further growth
- Potential to progress to senior positions in your chosen sector – community organisations, academia, industry, business, or government
- Potential to commit time and energy to leading your community in the future
Leadership Great South Coast is a Not for Profit organisation that operates on the generosity of our Program partners.
With the exception of scholarship recipients, we ask each participant to pay a subsidised fee of
$3,300 + GST payable upon acceptance into the Program.
In return, Program participants undertake a unique learning journey valued at
$8,500 per person.
Note – Fees may be paid by the individual or their employer prior to program commencement.
Leadership Great South Coast offers over $25,000 scholarships annually.
2021 Program Scholarships/*criteria:
- South West Community Foundation – 1 x $3,000 (General)
- Gardiner Foundation Funded Place – 2 x $3,000 (Dairy Industry specific)
- The Hugh Williamson Foundation – 1 x $3,000 (General)
- Young Farmer, funded by Agriculture Victoria – 1 x $3,000 (Specific criteria apply)
- Leadership Great South Coast – 1 x $1,650 (General)
- Denis Tricks AM – 1 x $3,000 (Statewide application process for a young leader)
- Port Fairy Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank – 1 x $3,000 (Port Fairy residents)
- Wannon Water – 1 x $3,000 (Diversity)
- Committee for Portland – 1 x $3,300 (available to Committee for Portland members/staff)
- Corangamite Shire – 1 x $3,000 (available to Corangamite Shire residents)
- Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council – 1 x $3,000 (Food and Fibre Industry specific)
At LGSC we believe that our Program fee should not restrict appropriate candidates from applying. If the Program fee is an issue for you please advise at the time of application and indicate your intention to apply for a scholarship via your online application form.
Note – Each scholarship application is assessed on a case by case basis against scholarship *criteria. Participant gap fees payment (of $300 + GST Full Scholarship or $1650 + GST Part Scholarship) is required prior to Program start (February annually).
Executive Officer Amanda Hennessy is available to discuss your application and provide scholarship criteria. Please do not hesitate to call 0408 627 066 if you need any further information.
How To Apply
July/Aug – Over $25,000 of scholarships are announced annually
3 August 2020 – 2021 Program Application Open Partner Organisations
1 September – 2021 Applications Open General Community
25 September COB First Round Close – Applications should be submitted online
Scholarship applicants are strongly advised to submit applications in the First Round
31 October COB Final Round Close – Applications should be submitted online
*Applicants will be short listed by the selection panel made up of members of the LGSC Board and LGSC Alumni. Interviews will take place in October/November. Up to 18 applicants will be offered a place in the program.
If you are unsuccessful in the application process we encourage you to applying again in the future as places are limited annually.
2021 Program Application
Instructions – before you start:
- Read FAQ’s for applicants
- Download and save the LGSC-Employer_Statement-Template prior to completing your application
- Download and save the LGSC-Employment_Education_Statement-Template prior to completing your application
The online application requires both templates to be completed and uploaded as part of your application. Note you won’t be able to progress to SUBMIT until you upload the completed forms x 2.
If you have any issues with the application form, please contact LGSC 0408627066
TIP – When you click SUBMIT at the end of the online form you will go to a confirmation webpage… for your records DOWNLOAD a PDF of your submitted application at this point.
Program Breakdown / Requirements
- Opening Residential Retreat (Friday/Saturday residential) Feb – compulsory
- Average of two Program Days per month (which may include field trips)
- 100% attendance target with a min 80% attendance required to graduate
- Mid Program Retreat July (Friday/Saturday) – compulsory
- Council meeting attendance (outside scheduled Program Days) Aug date TBC
- Field Trip to Victorian Parliament – September
- Closing Retreat Nov (Friday/Saturday residential) – compulsory
- Team community project
- Commencement of a community project completed in personal time
- Actively and equitably contribute to team community project
- Completion of community project in personal time by Graduation
LGSC Learning Environment Requirements
- Active and regular engagement on LGSC online platform SLACK http://www.slack.com/
- Program Day/Retreat preparation including Program Day online surveys and written reflections (compulsory)
- Considered reflection will take approx. 2 hours per week
- Proactively contribute to buddy and syndicate group structures and relationships
- Prepare in advance for syndicate roles and read/refer to LGSC Syndicate Book
- Complete employer/sponsor photo story reports mid-year (June) and end of year (Nov) in LGSC template
Program Days are themed to cover relevant topics and issues for the Great South Coast from Healthy Communities, Skilling our Region, the Economy, Climate Adaptation, the Arts, Futures Thinking to Nature Based Tourism and local Indigenous Culture. These topics are aligned to the Great South Coast Strategic Plans. Local and state leaders and content experts address the participants on the topics. See our Speakers and Latest News tabs for more information.
The Program also has imbedded topics including but not limited to leadership skills and knowledge, ethical leadership, emotional and social intelligence, change management, project management, cultural awareness, adaptive fearless leadership, working with government and lobbying.
Prior to the Opening Retreat our facilitator, Corrinne Armour, profiles each participant and provides a personalised report on motivational strengths and challenges. The personalised report is used as a reference throughout the Program and is reviewed at the Closing Retreat.
The LGSC Program aligns to the www.ral.orga.au state-wide Learning and Development Framework.