The Emerging Leaders Program provides a year of unique leadership-focused activities and experiences designed to develop and inspire emerging leaders or those aspiring to positions of leadership in the sector.


About the Program

Designed for emerging leaders in Local Government and those who aspire to positions of leadership, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an intense, enriching year of seminars, visits, tours, discussions, interactive activities and debate that foster participants’ leadership potential.

Participants gain access to practical insight from leaders across the sector, develop their leadership capabilities and professional attributes, forge new relationships across the sector, build stronger links between areas of expertise and increase their appreciation of the wider and emerging issues in local government.

We value and celebrate diversity in the Emerging Leaders Program and recognise that some people face greater barriers to leadership opportunities than others. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ* (especially transgender, intersex and gender diverse people), people with disabilities, women, and people from CALD backgrounds to apply. If you are a member of one of these communities and require additional information and/or assistance, please reach out.

A First Nations scholarship is available for this program. A selection will be made from those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander as part of a successful nomination.

Learn more

Are you tomorrow's local government leader?

For further information contact [email protected] or phone (03) 9268 6401.

Want to know more about the program at your own pace? Click Program Scope for more detail and Program Outline for the schedule.
Please note your council must be a financial council subscriber to have access to this LGPro program. See Council Subscriber benefits

Details of upcoming Alumni Events and registration is available here

Read, view, and listen to the practical insights of recent graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program here


Nominations for 2024 program have now closed.




LGPro would like to thank Telstra for sponsoring this year's scholarship, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals through this leadership program designed for emerging leaders in Local Government.



I saw ELP as a way to further develop my leadership skills and build networks with my Local Government colleagues. I gained more confidence in myself as a leader - the belief that I can take on leadership roles and strong networks with local government colleagues. - Hannah Rowlands, Strategic Communications Lead, Whitehorse Council