INTRODUCTION TO GCLP
In the mid 1990s Victoria, and specifically Gippsland, were experiencing significant change. It was an era when collectively Gippsland’s communities recognised a need for strong leadership across the region. The Gippsland Community Leadership Program was established to respond to that need. It was the first community leadership program of its kind in regional Australia and was supported by a dedicated and collaborative approach in which local government, business, industry and community came together to benefit the region.
Today there are in excess of 550 graduates of the program. Many are still living in Gippsland, others have moved beyond the region, a number have become significant leaders at state and national level. GCLP graduates can be identified in current or former leadership roles in local government, business, industry, and community organisations including arts, environmental and sporting associations throughout the region.
Today GCLP is auspiced by the Committee for Gippsland and is one of 10 regional community leadership programs currently supported by consecutive State Governments and local sponsors. The 10 programs work collaboratively as the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program, attending an annual state-wide program day in Melbourne and sharing ideas and some administrative resources.
GCLP embraces the diversity of our region and its people, reflecting it in the learning spaces we utilise and the subject matter that contributes to learning. The program is structured to deliver enhanced understanding of the:
Attendance at all residential sessions is a requirement of the program.
General expectations are that all participants will attend the trip to Canberra.
Firm expectations are that participants will attend at least 80% of the scheduled program.
If an inability to fulfill these commitments should arise during the course of the program, the Program Director is to be notified as soon as it has become evident that a problem exists. The circumstances of your situation will be considered and accommodated if appropriate.
PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS
Applications open on 21 September 2017 and close at 5pm on 20 October 2017.
Interviews will be conducted from 24 October 2017 through to 15 November 2017. Confirmation of the dates for the 2018 program will be available at the interviews.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than the 21 November 2017.
The evaluation of applications is a confidential process.
INVESTMENT COST AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The GCLP experience is provided with the assistance of funding support from Regional Development Victoria and a number of sponsors across our region. This enables us to provide a subsidised program in a range of categories as follows:
Employer Sponsored: $4,400 (GST inclusive) + individual contribution from participant of $500 (GST inclusive).
Sole Trader: $2,750 (GST inclusive).
Scholarships may be available in a number of categories as follows:
Community and Education (Barry Rogers Bursary sponsored by the Committee for Gippsland)
Dairy Industry (Gardiner Foundation)
AGL Loy Yang Diversity Scholarship
Bank Australia Indigenous Gippslander Scholarship
Young Person 18-25 Scholarship (2017 GCLP Community Project with GCLP Alumni)
Scholarship Recipient: Individual participant contribution $500 (GST inclusive)