This highly sought after leadership program aims to support those who are passionate about and proactive in their community, industry or sector by building their skills and confidence, introducing them to regional issues and innovative ideas for action, leaders from all walks of life, and expanding their current networks and impact.


The Structure

The program runs for a period of ten months each year between February and November and comprises a minimum of 24 program days (an average of two days per month).

Each program day is held in a different part of the region, showcasing rural communities, towns, and major regional centers and  includes study tours to Canberra and Melbourne to add another valuable dimension to this unique experience.  The program allows participants to experience first hand the vibrant communities, innovative projects and the individuals that drive them forward.

A typical program day includes;

  • Discussion on regional issues
  • Skills workshops
  • Speakers on topics relating to leadership and regional issues
  • Field trips to view innovative businesses and community projects
  • Reflection

The 2018 Program

The 2018 program is set to be amazing, showcasing the region and beyond.

  • Launch and Graduation evenings
  • 16 Program days
  • Study Tours to Melbourne and Canberra

See the full program, locations and dates here


Why Apply?

Rather than listen to us, hear what our current participants and graduates have to say about why doing a community leadership program could change your life.

The first video clip was produced by LMCLP graduates, the second by our 2016 Marketing Sub-Committee of program participants who are passionate about the program and want to inspire you to be a part it.

You can also see some of individual graduate stories by clicking here.


Who Should Apply?

We look for ‘can do’ people who are already, or would like to become more proactive members of their community or industry.  Some may already be on their leadership path, others may not consider themselves ‘leaders’ but will demonstrate leadership qualities:  ie:  See something that needs to be done, learn how to get involved constructively, and take a lead in making a difference.

We recruit for diversity – we try to offer the opportunity each year to a balanced and diverse group of people from all walks of life, all ages (from 18 up), representing a broad range of industries including business, agriculture, health and community services, education, government and volunteerism.  We aim for a representative spread of participants from across the 10 shires of our region

  • Swan Hill
  • Gannawarra
  • Loddon
  • Buloke
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Campaspe
  • Central Goldfields
  • Hepburn
  • Mount Alexander
  • Macedon Ranges

The diversity and existing skills of the participants is one of the rich learning opportunities of the program.


Fees and Expectations

All applicants are required to pay a $275 (including GST) personal participation fee at the time of accepting their offer to take up a place within the program.

In addition the following fees will apply:

  • Self-funded participants – $1815 (including GST) – payment plans are available
  • Employer sponsored participants – $3300 (including GST)

A number of scholarships are also available.  Find out more about scholarships available.

There is an expectation that all participants will attend compulsory elements of the program as well as a minimum of 80% of remaining program days in order to graduate.  If a participant is unable to meet these requirements, they will need to write to the Board outlining their reasons for not being able to attend, and why they should still be allowed to graduate.


Further Information

Please take time to view this important information about LMCLP:

Frequently asked Questions – everything you need to know before you apply

Graduate Stories – hear what our past participants say about the program

Publications  – a wide range of resources about CLLM & LMCLP

E -News -our monthly electronic newsletter

Employers – Information about LMCLP for Employers

How to Apply

Applications open on September 1st each year.

Applications close on October 31 each year.

Read all the background information carefully and then apply online.  All the details are on the “Apply for LMCLP” page.



For more information, or to discuss your application, please contact Jo Cahill on
0419 117 314, or send her an Email