Victorian LGBTIQA+ Leadership Program

The Victorian LGBTIQA+ Leadership Program gives leaders in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) communities an opportunity to develop their skills and strengthen their networks.

The LGBTIQA+ Leadership Program aims to strengthen the skills and networks of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual leaders. The program commenced in 2018 and more than 130 people have participated.

The program provides a safe and supportive environment for participants to build their leadership and organisational management skills, as well as network with other LGBTIQA+ leaders.

Participants explore issues, challenges and opportunities unique to LGBTIQA+ communities and contemporary leadership theory and practice.

Participants leave the program with:

  • increased confidence
  • an understanding of their strengths and leadership abilities
  • knowledge of LGBTIQA+ histories and achievements
  • learnings from the experiences of other LGBTIQA+ leaders.

About the 2024 program

The 2024 program is tailored for LGBTIQA+ people who hold established leadership roles in LGBTIQA+ organisations and groups.

The program will run from Friday, 15 March to Thursday, 6 June 2024.

The program will provide participants with strategies for sustainable and resilient leadership to support and enhance LGBTIQA+ communities and the Victorian LGBTIQA+ sector.

A key part of the program is to tackle the challenge of burnout that leaders in the LGBTIQA+ sector often face.

Participants will have the opportunity to form and be part of a 'community of practice' or network of leaders.

The community of practice will be based on the principles of working together and shared leadership. It will be a community where everyone’s contributions are valued and are part of our collective success.

This year's program draws on the insights from previous years and has been co-designed with LGBTIQA+ communities for LGBTIQA+ communities.

The program will cover the following topic areas:

  1. Leading Self: Delving into personal purpose, impacts, vision, and sustainable leadership practices. Including strategic direction and career planning.
  2. Leading Others: Focusing on interpersonal leadership skills, covering the cultivation of organisational strategy, impact, and purpose, as well as service alignment, co-design and lived experience.
  3. Leading in Community: Exploring community impact, strategic collaboration, expanding community networks, and collective action.


The program is a mix of in-person and online activities. It includes:

  • a weekend intensive (Lancefield location)
  • four online group coaching sessions
  • three workshops (online and in-person)
  • a closing event (in-person).


Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 17 MarchIn-person weekend intensive in Lancefield
8 April – 12 April
22 April – 26 April
6 May – 10 May
27 May – 31 May
Four online group coaching sessions (held during business hours, times will vary for participants)
18 April (online)
2 May (in-person)
16 May (online)
Online and in-person workshops (held during business hours)
Thursday, 6 JuneIn-person closing event

Applications have closed

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-February 2024.

Applications opened on Tuesday, 5 December 2023 and closed at 5 pm on Friday, 19 January 2024.

Eligibility criteria – who can apply

To participate in the program, you must:

  • identify as LGBTIQA+
  • be over the age of 18
  • hold a formal or informal leadership role within an LGBTIQA+ organisation.
  • have the endorsement of your organisation to participate in the program.

Formal and informal leaders

The program acknowledges the diverse spectrum of leadership. Those who may not hold formal or traditional titles in their organisation can still be pivotal in driving progress for their communities and the sector.

A formal leadership role includes CEOs, deputy CEOs, directors of services and managers or similar.

Informal leadership roles may include voluntary positions, community change agent/advocate roles, or community representative roles where you are driving change for communities.

Endorsement to participate

Participants must have endorsement from their current organisations to participate. This will help to ensure they are prepared to grow in expertise from this opportunity. It will also mean that participants are supported to bring their learnings and reflections back to their organisation and apply these in their current roles.


The program seeks a diverse cohort to ensure an intersectional approach to leadership within communities. This includes but is not limited to people identifying as:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • people of colour
  • culturally and/or religiously diverse people
  • people from rural and regional communities, and
  • people with disability.

Long term leaders

This opportunity is less suited for LGBTIQA+ sector leaders who hold long-term positions of leadership and influence in their organisations and already have strong established sector networks.

Leaders who meet these criteria are welcome to contact the program organisers for opportunities to support the delivery of this program in a mentorship capacity.

Selection criteria

In your application, please provide responses to the following:

  • Tell us about yourself. We would like to know about your identity and culture, who you are and where you live in Victoria.
  • Your leadership experience, including current leadership role(s) and its impact on LGBTIQA+ communities.
  • Your views about and experiences of collaboration on LGBTIQA+ issues, including examples of when you have collaborated within the sector for positive outcomes.
  • How you think that this program will support LGBTIQA+ communities and have positive impacts on the sector.
  • Your views on the program focus on LGBTIQA+ sector sustainability and addressing burnout, and whether there are other issues being experienced within the sector.

Your application responses must show:

  • your leadership experience with an LGBTIQA+ community organisation or group
  • your commitment to enabling and supporting collaboration within the LGBTIQA+ sector
  • consideration for how this program can lead to positive impact and change for the LGBTIQA+ sector
  • consideration for the issues being experienced by the LGBTIQA+ sector.

Your application must also be endorsed by your organisation. You will need to provide the contact details for a reference at your organisation.

Frequently asked questions

Previous participant testimonial

Testimonial from program alumni Jayde de Bondt, 2018 graduate, who was appointed the co-chair of Victoria’s LGBTIQA+ Taskforce in 2020.

Jayde has the following to say about the program:

The LGBTIQA+ Leadership Program was challenging and rewarding. I started this program with a clear understanding of what I wanted to learn and found myself learning things that I didn’t expect to. The technical skills that I acquired were great, but it was the soft intrapersonal skills and additional confidence I gained through this program, I value most. The Program enables you to develop as a person and deepens your connection to the LGBTIQA+ community, and the folk who are on this journey with you. Moving forward, I certainly want to lead with a more people-centred approach; where consultation, collaboration and innovation are both valued and rewarded.

Jayde de Bondt
Co-chair LBGTIQA+ Taskforce

Contact information

For more information about the LGBTIQA+ Leadership Program or the application process, please email: