Applications are now open for the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program 2019

Applications must be completed using our on-line application form.

The Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) is a highly sought- after program which aims to support those who are passionate about and proactive in their community, industry or sector by building their skills and confidence, introducing them to regional issues and innovative ideas for action, leaders from all walks of life, and expanding their current networks and impact.

The 2019 program

The 2019 program is set to be amazing, showcasing the Loddon Murray region and beyond and incorporates:

  • Launch and Graduation evenings
  • 15 Program days
  • Study Tours to Melbourne and Canberra

Click here to download a summary of the program dates.
Click here to download a detailed program outline.

Is the LMCLP for you?

Are you an emerging leader in your local community?
Are you passionate about developing opportunities to grow business and the regional economy, facilitate social cohesion and sustain the natural environmental assets of our region?

The LMCLP is a year you will never forget.

Held over 22 Program Days, in ten local government areas, Melbourne and Canberra, the LMCLP will accelerate your development as a leader and provide you with a network of supporters and friends.
We look for ‘can do’ people who are already involved or would like to become more proactive members of their community or industry.  Some may already be on their leadership path, others may not consider themselves ‘leaders’ but will demonstrate leadership qualities. For example, see something that needs to be done, learn how to get involved constructively, and take a lead in making a difference.

We recruit for diversity – we try to offer the opportunity each year to a balanced and diverse group of people from all walks of life, all ages (from 18 up), representing a broad range of industries including business, agriculture, health and community services, education, government and volunteerism.

We aim for a representative spread of participants from across the 10 shires of our

  • Swan Hill
  • Gannawarra
  • Loddon
  • Buloke
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Campaspe
  • Central Goldfields
  • Northern Grampians (part)
  • Mount Alexander
  • Macedon Ranges

The diversity and existing skills of the participants is one of the rich learning opportunities of the program.

This application process is competitive, with a large volume of applications received each year of the 25 places on offer. Applications will be shortlisted prior to interview, meaning not all applicants receive an interview.


There is a sliding scale of costs / opportunities, but all participants must pay a minimum of a non-refundable participant fee of $275 payable upon acceptance of offers.

  • Scholarship Recipient $275 (plus reporting expectations throughout the year)
  • Community Organisations, Volunteers & Self-funded individuals $1815 (including GST) (An upfront participant commitment fee of $275 will be deducted from this amount)
  • Corporate Organisations (employer sponsored; government/business) $3300 (including GST)
  • Employer sponsored individuals must also personally pay a participant commitment fee $ 275 (including GST)

Your participation is valued at over $8000.  LMCLP operates solely on the generosity
of sponsors.

No person should be prevented from applying to the program due to financial hardship. Fees can be negotiated and paid over a period of time. Assistance can also be provided to seek sponsorship if required.  Information about scholarships, below.


ALL participants MUST attend all of the mandatory program days, draft dates are listed here:

  • 23rd & 24th February
  • 5th – 7th May
  • 20th & 21st July
  • 18th – 21st August
  • 8th & 9th November

In addition, participants are required to attend a minimum 80% of all other program

Participants are required to complete and submit a mid and end of year report. If you receive a scholarship a copy of these reports will go to your scholarship provider, templates and guidance are provided around these reports. Each participant is expected to develop and implement a community project, including completing the LMCLP Project Charter and present you project via a pitch style presentation.

Before Applying

Before starting the application form, please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the 2019 Program Information. This information is available on our website, click on the links below.

Completing the Application Form

To complete the Application Form simply follow the link below to the online form and type your responses directly into the spaces provided. You should complete all sections in full. Please read the information sheet carefully before you begin.

How to Apply

Applications open on September 1 and close on September 30 each year.
Read all the background information carefully and then apply online.
Click here to apply 

The process for submitting involves three steps:

STEP 1 – Read the program and application information

STEP 2 – Complete the online form

STEP 3 – Submit the online form

You need to submit the final application electronically.

You have submitted your application, what now?

The selection panel will review all applications and contact you with further details.

Further Information

Please take time to view this important information about LMCLP:
Frequently asked Questions – everything you need to know before you apply.
Employers – Information about LMCLP for Employers.