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.

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Congratulations to the following 25 participants who have been selected for the 2024 program:

Amey Rountree

Monash City Council

Ben Piscioneri

Mildura Rural City Council

Caroline Moore

Bass Coast Shire Council

Claire Brace

Casey City Council

Daniel Nichols

Latrobe City Council

Emma Lindsay

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Jaime Edge

Whitehorse City Council

Jonathan Leung

Glen Eira City Council

Kate McKernan

Strathbogie Shire Council

Katerina Antoniou

Kingston City Council

Katherine Rainham

Banyule City Council

Lana Horn

Baw Baw Shire Council

Liam Wilkinson

Whittlesea City Council

Linda Ross

Cardinia Shire Council

Mark Nido

Knox City Council

Patricia Stewart

Port Phillip City Council

Rebecca Golia

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Rebecca Tipper

Yarra City Council

Sam Hattam

Hepburn Shire Council

Tiani Willison

Mitchell Shire Council

Tyrone Downie

Greater Bendigo City Council

Yohana Jury

Greater Dandenong City Council

Kylie Tatt

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Rik Wilson

Wyndham City Council

Desirae Kilduff

Merri-bek City Council

Participants of the 2024 program

2024 Emerging Leadership Program Photos

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.






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