Applications are now open for the Fairley Leadership Program

Emerging Leaders: The 2022 Cohort of the Fairley Leadership Program. Photo by contribution

Goulburn Murray Community Leadership has invited community members looking to step into leadership roles to apply for its 2023 Fairley Leadership Program.

Now in its 26th year, the program offers emerging leaders a range of opportunities to develop and refine their skills while networking with other leaders in their communities.

GMCL chief executive Nathan Bibby said they were delighted to accept applications for next year’s program.

“This year, we made a real effort to immerse our cohort in their local communities, which was enjoyable for the participants and also allowed us to continue to develop our local relationships,” Mr. Bibby said.

“Fairley Leadership has already trained over 600 graduates, who now have the skills to make a positive impact and contribute to the Goulburn Murray area.

“Our vision is to continue to build on this and provide a greater range of development opportunities for our region.

“Many of our communities are rebuilding after the global COVID-19 pandemic, and we face other challenges ahead.

“It is more important than ever to invest in developing leadership skills and empowering our emerging leaders to effect positive change.”

The Fairley Leadership Program is GMCL’s flagship program, which takes its cohort of future leaders on an immersive learning experience.

The program educates emerging leaders on the challenges and opportunities that impact the Goulburn Murray region, equipping them with the leadership skills to make an impact.

The program lasts 10 months, beginning with inductions in February and ending with a graduation ceremony in late November.

The program offers hybrid learning environments, including face-to-face, online and intensive – where participants benefit from invaluable access to community leaders, decision makers and change makers.

Fairley 2021 attendee Andrew Cooper said he had acquired a desire to give back to a community that had given so much to himself and many others, and a desire to build an adaptive, resilient and attractive region for many years to come.

“I want to develop a skill set and networks that better position me to be a leader in (my) community,” Cooper said.

Candidates who wish to apply may be sponsored by their place of work or may take up a scholarship position.

Entrants will be considered based on a comprehensive list of criteria, including demonstrated leadership abilities, diverse interests, and a willingness to maintain leadership positions within their community.

People from rural and isolated communities, disadvantaged backgrounds, First Nations and ethnically diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

GMCL is a registered charity that relies on government and community grants, philanthropic grants, corporate sponsorships, funded scholarships and partnerships to run its programs.

To discuss ways to support the organization and its programs contact Nathan Bibby on 0427 515 969 or [email protected]

Applications for the 2023 program are now open. For more information about the program or to start your application, visit

The application portal will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4.

Kevin E. Boling