You are eligible for the Joan Kirner Program if you:
- identify as a woman
- are aged between 18 and 40 years
- live in Victoria, regardless of residency or citizenship status
- consider yourself an emerging leader
If eligible, you can apply under the following categories:
Category A: Education
Joan trained as a teacher and implemented one of the biggest educational reforms of the era, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This category awards scholarships to women who show a commitment to education.
Category B: Environment
A strong campaigner for the environment, Joan’s many achievements include founding Landcare. This category awards scholarships to women who show a commitment to the environment.
Category C: Women’s health
Joan played a pivotal role in women’s health policy and in ensuring every region of Victoria had a women’s health service. This category awards scholarships to women who demonstrate a specific commitment to women’s health or women’s health services.
Applicants with a broader commitment to medicine, health and wellbeing, medical research, sport, etc. are not eligible.
Category D: Western suburbs
Joan was instrumental in the development of the outer western suburbs of Melbourne. This category awards scholarships to women who have made a significant contribution to the community in the western suburbs of Melbourne, either through paid employment or volunteer work.
Category E: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
Joan was committed to ensuring fairness for all Victorians, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the progress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights. This category awards scholarships to young and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders in Victoria.
Category F: Culturally diverse women
Joan valued the contribution made by women from culturally diverse communities. This category awards scholarships to young and emerging women from non-English speaking backgrounds, who were born overseas or whose parents were born overseas.
Please choose one category that best relates to you. You may wish to note a second category relevant to you under the “Additional Information” section of the application form.
The program offers a range of leadership development and networking opportunities.
- a program induction session
- a leadership development training program
- structured networking events to connect with women leaders
- individual one-on-one support sessions
- development of an individual tailored leadership development plan
- individual mentoring sessions with an experienced leader
- role shadowing opportunities with experienced leaders
- practical skill building workshops to support leadership progression
- support to gain executive sponsorship within your workplace
- support to undertake self-directed leadership development activities.
Capped allowances for child care, travel, accommodation and other expenses are available.
This program does not give an accredited qualification.
The time commitment for the Joan Kirner Program will vary depending on the activities you choose to take part in.
Expect to commit 1 to 2 days per month to the program.
Some sessions are held during business hours, so if you are employed speak with your employer to gain their support.
An independent panel of women from business, government and community assess applications and provide recommendations to the Minister for Women.
The panel is particularly interested in hearing from applicants with demonstrated leadership potential and contribution to the broader community.
We encourage unsuccessful applicants to re-apply.
Your application will be assessed on your:
- responses to the key selection criteria
- letter of support
You will not need to attend an interview.
To complete your online application prepare:
- responses to the key selection criteria
- your resume
- a letter from someone who can confirm your achievements, experience, capability and leadership potential. This could be a professional or academic referee, or a community leader
Keep your contact details up to date
You'll be told of an outcome via post, so you must let us know if your postal address changes.
We may also provide updates via email.
Reviewed 02 October 2019