Express your interest in the Victorian Educational Leadership Program

Build your leadership and teaching skills for delivering high-quality kindergarten programs with these free course options.

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Registrations are open for the Victorian Educational Leadership Program (VELP), running in terms 2 and 3, 2024.

The free program includes 2 different micro-credential course options, available to all educational leaders in Victorian government-funded kindergarten services.

The program is being delivered through the Queensland University of Technology, in partnership with the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia.

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 6 March 2024.

Course offering

The courses offered through the VELP align with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Standard. They will support educational leaders to:

  • understand, identify, drive and implement quality practice
  • use data and evidence to support practice change
  • understand and implement strategies to support children’s continuity of early learning.

The VELP comprises 2 micro-credentials for educational leaders to choose from: one for new/aspiring educational leaders, and one for experienced educational leaders (outlined below).

Educational Leaders in Victorian government-funded kindergarten programs should select the one best suited to them.

VELP Foundations

Designed for new (one to 2 years’ experience) or aspiring educational leaders, this course is focused on the fundamentals of how to be an educational leader, including:

  • leadership skills
  • change management theory
  • facilitating team teaching
  • observation and assessment.

VELP Advanced

Designed for experienced (2 or more years’ experience) educational leaders, this course is focused on advanced leadership models, fostering effective team teaching, and driving reflective practice in teams.


The VELP is free.

The department is also offering a small financial contribution towards the cost of backfilling for staff undertaking the program. Further information will be provided to confirmed participants.

Find out more

For more information or to express interest, refer to the Victorian Educational Leadership Program website.

For further enquiries about the program, contact the Queensland University of Technology by email: