GCLP was established in 1996 and is a unique platform that brings together selected leaders from diverse backgrounds across the whole of Gippsland. It's broad aim is to develop existing and emerging leaders and to provide an enhanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the region.
GCLP is auspiced by Committee for Gippsland (C4G).
The program is funded and supported by the Gippsland community, and also by corporate and local government and other external foundations. GCLP also receives significant funding from Regional Development Victoria, along with other regional community leadership programs across Victoria. For more information about our sponsors, click here.
GCLP offers participants:
a better understanding of the diversity of issues affecting our community so that we may have a more cohesive and informed approach to the many complex issues our region faces;
an opportunity to be better informed when influencing the future directions of the Gippsland region through leadership; education; exchange of ideas, and opportunities to participate in community forums
the ability to connect with and maintain a strong leadership network with graduates of the program. There are over 500 graduates of GCLP!
The program consists of 16 days and some evening events including:
The Launch - an evening event designed to introduce the participants for the year to our graduates, sponsors and each other;
Nine full day seminars across Gippsland, covering key regional challenges for Gippsland. These are presented by knowledgeable and engaging speakers and are held every 2-3 weeks between March and October;
Three 2 day residential programs held at the beginning, middle and end of the program year;
The Graduation Dinner - an event designed to celebrate the year's achievements and acknowledge our participant's graduation, in the presence of sponsors, family members and past participants.
There is also the GCLP Leadership address and other key events that participants are strongly encouraged to participate in.
Candidates are selected on merit based on five selection criteria:
1. Proven leadership record, with clear potential for further growth;
2. Above average achievement, with at least five years relevant experience;
3. Capacity to enter senior level of management in Gippsland industry, community organisations, commerce or education;
4. Potential to contribute significantly to the wider Gippsland community;
5. Willingness to accept the required time and energy commitment.
Selection is also based on ensuring a mix of sectors, location, age and gender so that the region is well represented each year.
There are full scholarships available for three participants each year:
Bank Australia Aboriginal Scholarship
Bank Australia proudly supports one aboriginal Gippslander's participation in GCLP each year. This enables talented Aboriginal Leaders an opportunity to participate when they may not otherwise had the opportunity. It also strengthen's GCLP's commitment to respecting, understanding and learning for our aboriginal history and culture.
Committee for Gippsland (Barry Rogers) Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Committee for Gippsland and is awarded each year to a Gippslander who demonstrates outstanding leadership potential. This scholarship is traditionally provided to someone who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the community and/or education sectors, in recognition of the Scholarship's namesake Barry Rogers.
Gardiner Foundation Scholarship
The Gardiner Foundation proudly supports one participant from the Dairy Industry to participate in the program each year. Gardiner Foundation and GCLP have enjoyed a strong partnership that continues to develop the leadership capability of many inspiring individuals engaged in Gippsland's dairy industry and community.
Further details will be made available upon application.