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Application and Selection Process

Places in the Leadership Great South Coast Program are limited. To ensure high quality participants from diverse backgrounds the selection process is robust and transparent.

Stage 1 – Online Application
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

Selection criteria include:

  • Proven leadership record or aspirations with potential for further growth
  • Potential to contribute significantly to the Great South Coast community
  • Potential to progress to senior positions in industry, business, community organisations, academia or government
  • Ability to commit the required time and energy to the program and to engage as an active learner


Leadership Great South Coast operates on the generosity of our Program partners and government.

With the exception of scholarship recipients, we ask each participant to pay a fee of $3300 + GST payable upon acceptance into the program. Fees may be paid by the individual or their employer prior to program commencement.

In return, program participants undertake a unique learning journey valued in excess of $8000.

Leadership Great South Coast offers a number of scholarships annually.


2020 Scholarships/criteria:

  • Corangamite Shire – 1 x $3000 (available to Corangamite Shire residents)
  • Wannon Water – 1 x $3000 (Diversity)
  • South West Community Foundation – 1 x 3000 (General)
  • Gardiner Foundation – 2 x $3000 (Dairy Industry specific)
  • The Hugh Williamson Foundation – 1 x $3000 (General)
  • Women in Agriculture funded place (Specific criteria apply)
  • GSC Food and Fibre Council  – 1 x $3000 (Food and Fibre sector specific)
  • Leadership Great South Coast – 1 x $1650 (General)
  • Committee for Portland – 1 x $3000 (available to Committee for Portland members/staff)
  • Port Fairy Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank – 1 x $3000 (Port Fairy residents)

Denis Tricks AM – 1 x $3000 (State wide application process for a young leader)

Please note your intention to apply for a scholarship in your online application form. Each scholarship application is assessed on a case by case basis against scholarship criteria.

*Notes – Selection criteria applies. Participant $ contribution is required prior to Program start (February annually).

Fees should not restrict appropriate candidates from applying. If funding is an issue for you or your organisation please advise at the time of application.

Executive Officer Amanda Hennessy is available to discuss your application and support you through the process.  Please do not hesitate to call if you need any further information.

How To Apply

Program Applications

July/August  – Scholarships announced – for scholarship criteria detail call Executive Officer, Amanda Hennessy 0408627066

22 July – Online Applications Open

25 September COB First Round Closes – Applications should be submitted online –  Scholarship applicants are strongly advised to submit applications in the First Round

18 October COB Second / Final Round Close – Applications should be submitted online


*Applicants will be short listed by the selection panel made up from members of the LGSC Board and LGSC Alumni. Interviews will take place in November. Up to 18 applicants will be offered a place in the program.

Any applicant who is unsuccessful in an application process should not be deterred from applying again in the future as places are limited.


2021 Program Applications Open 11 July 2020

Instructions – before you start

  1. Download the 2020 Program Days / Dates 
  2. Download and save the LGSC_Employer_Statement_2020 template prior to completing your application
  3. Download and save the LGSC_Employment_Education_Statement_2020 template prior to completing your application

The online application requires both templates to be uploaded as part of your application. Note you wont be able to progress to SUBMIT until you upload the completed forms x 2.

Please feel free to add a note re financial contribution responsibilities if this is a mix of employer and applicant or the applicants full responsibility.

to complete your Online Application 

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 – Click here for our  Annual Applications Booklet and  LGSC Year Book 2018


Program Requirements

    • Opening Residential Retreat (Thursday/Friday) Feb – compulsory
    • Average of two Program Days per month (which may include field trips) commencing at approximately 8.30am and concluding approx. 5.00pm. Light lunch provided.
      • 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 Nov 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 surveys via Survey Monkey 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 reports mid-year (June) and end of year (Nov) in LGSC template

Optional  – Formal mentoring opportunity available to all participants upon request


Program Days are themed to cover relevant topics and issues for the Great South Coast (from Health Promotion and Prevention to Education, the Economy, Climate Adaptation and Nature Based Tourism). 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 the Speakers and Latest News page for more information.

The Program also has imbedded topics including; leadership skills and knowledge, ethical leadership, social intelligence, governance, change management, project management coaching, workforce development, cultural awareness and working with government and lobbying.

Prior to the Opening Retreat our facilitator, Corrinne Armour, profiles each participant and provides a personalised report on strengths and challenges. The personalised report is used as a reference throughout the Program and is reviewed at the Final Retreat.




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