Melbourne: The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorians with a disability to become leaders in their local community.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley recently opened applications for a range of scholarships and development opportunities, as part of the Disability Leadership Program.
Run in partnership with Leadership Victoria and the Disability Leadership Institute, the program offers scholarships, mentoring, role shadowing and networking for Victorians with a disability to gain valuable leadership development and training, an official press release said.
The program includes scholarships for a range of leadership courses delivered by Leadership Victoria.
In addition, a number of mentoring and workplace based places are available. Program participants can also apply for a 12 month membership of the national user-led Disability Leadership Institute.
Foley said, “We want to see more people with a disability in leadership positions in our community to help influence change. With greater leadership diversity we are able to see a wider range of talent and experience, better engagement and innovation, good governance and robust decision-making.”
Chairperson of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council Colleen Furlanetto said, “The Williamson Community Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria was a life-changing experience for me and I encourage people to apply to be part of this amazing program.”
Increasing the voice and representation of people with a disability is a key priority of Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017 – 2020.
For more information about the Disability Leadership Program visit www.leadershipvictoria.org/programs/the- disability-leadership-program