Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders program

As Victoria's first and only female premier, the late Joan Kirner's political legacy is characterised by her commitment to promoting women and reforming education.

Joan dedicated her career to mentoring many young people and women. The Victorian Government is recognising her legacy through the new Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders program.

The Joan Kirner program will enable up-and-coming female leaders to obtain the critical skills, networks and experiences required to advance their leadership careers. It will empower women to progress as influential leaders in their communities, sectors and areas of interest.

The program will award scholarships to 25 young and emerging women leaders who represent the six key categories reflective of Joan's passions:

  • education
  • environment
  • women's health
  • western suburbs of Melbourne
  • Aboriginal women
  • culturally diverse women.

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Applications close 5pm Monday 3 July 2017.

How are applications assessed?

An independent panel comprising women from business, government and community sectors will assess the nominations. The panel will then provide recommendations to the Minister for Women for consideration.

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • experience and commitment in your nominated category
  • potential as a leader
  • how the Joan Kirner program will assist your leadership aspirations
  • how your involvement in the Joan Kirner program will benefit your community, industry/sector and/or workplace.

Further information

Please refer to the application guidelines and FAQs for further information about the program.

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF (49.09 KB) Application Guidelines Application GuidelinesPDF (51.9 KB) Application Form Application FormPDF (51.86 KB) Aboriginality Form Aboriginality FormPDF (33.78 KB)

For assistance with the online application system, please call 1300 959 555 or email

For general enquiries about the Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders program please contact Leadership Victoria on 03 9651 6590 or

For a hardcopy application form, please contact the Department of Premier and Cabinet via