Selection Process, Cost, Scholarships & Application

Selection Process

Application forms will be assessed on the Participant Selection Criteria below and applicants meeting the criteria will be invited to participate in further assessment activities to expand upon their written application. Selection activities may include phone interviews, behavioural-style panel interviews (conducted across Gippsland) and psychometric profiling.

The uniqueness of this program relates to its ability to reflect the diversity of our region among the participants. This means that the final selection will always result in a blend of participants that come from all over Gippsland reflecting a broad range of age, backgrounds and experience. Every one of Gippsland’s local government areas will be represented in the final mix of participants.

Diversity and Inclusion

GCLP is committed to ensuring each cohort represents the diversity of our region. Consideration is given to ensure diversity of age, gender, cultural background, LGA, community involvement, industry, employer, and job role. By valuing diversity of perspective, the cohort and program (and therefore the community) benefits by leveraging the diverse thinking, skills, experience and styles of the collective.

GCLP places great emphasis on inclusion and accessibility, striving to ensure people of all abilities can access and participate equitably throughout the selection process and the program. GCLP supports reasonable adjustment requests in any stage of the assessment process and program to remove barriers and facilitate full participation for all applicants with disability.

Participant Selection Criteria


Live in one of the six local government areas within Gippsland:

  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Wellington Shire Council

General Requirements

  • Willingness to commit to time/travel requirements of the program *
  • Ability to meet the financial commitment
  • Demonstrated evidence of your employers’ support for you to undertake the program

Time/Travel Commitment Requirements

  • Ability to meet minimum 80% attendance (this is a firm expectation)
  • Ability to attend all (three) Gippsland residential sessions
  • Ability to attend out of region program events (i.e., Melbourne / Canberra)

* The Program Director is to be notified as soon as an inability to fulfill these commitments has become evident. The circumstances of your situation will be considered and accommodated if appropriate.


  • Evidence of commitment to community
  • Understanding of the future challenges and opportunities in Gippsland


  • Evidence of leadership achievement and/or demonstrated potential to fulfil leadership roles at the completion of GCLP

Scholarships may be available in several categories as follows:

Scholarship & SponsorCriteria
C4G Barry Rogers Bursary Committee for GippslandThis scholarship is available to self-employed, staff from non-profit or a person involved in other community activities who do not have the financial capacity to undertake the program. Focus is on an individual who has a proven record of contribution in the community through volunteering activities.
Dairy Industry Gardiner Foundation Two scholarships availableThe criteria in selecting suitable applicants includes:
  • Directly engaged with any part of the dairy value chain including farming, processing, service provision, manufacturing, organisations, and projects, and within industry businesses.
  • Reside in a recognised Victorian dairy community.
Bank Australia Indigenous ScholarshipThe criteria in selecting suitable applicants includes:
  • Must identify as an indigenous Australian and able to provide evidence of acceptance by the indigenous community
  • Be prepared to meet with Bank Australia and receive a briefing on the bank prior to the commencement of the program.
  • Contribute to the peer learning during the program, particularly with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.
  • Mid-year and end-of-year photo story
Williamson Foundation ScholarshipThe criteria in selecting suitable applicants includes:
  • Must reside in a regional location, ideally in a smaller town.
  • Ideally the applicant will be from a non-traditional sector such as:
    • Arts
    • Environment etc.
  • From a socio disadvantaged group within the community.
Agriculture Victoria The criteria in selecting suitable applicants will include:
  • Must reside in rural or regional Victoria Work or show a genuine interest in biosecurity or agriculture with a particular interest in widely established pest animal and plants (eg rabbits, blackberry)
  • Able to demonstrate leadership potential
  • Ability to commit the required time and energy to the program and to engage as an active learner
  • Show a genuine interest in their community engagement Be approved by GLaWAC as a suitable candidate
  • Have the potential to commit time and energy to leading the community in the future
AGL Diversity Scholarship Two scholarships availableMust reflect diversity of either gender, culture, personal relationship orientation (LGBTI) The criteria in selecting suitable applicants will include:
  • Must reside in rural and regional Victoria
  • Able to demonstrate leadership potential
  • Ability to commit the required time and energy to the program and to engage as an active learner
  • Show a genuine interest in their community and community engagement
  • Have the potential to commit time and energy to leading their community in the future
Star of the SouthTBA
Latrobe Health ServicesTo be considered for the Latrobe Health Services Disability Scholarship, you:
  • Are an individual who has a continuing (physical, sensory or mental) condition that significantly restricts everyday activities
  • Demonstrate an interest in community leadership
  • Demonstrate a willingness to promote diversity and leadership in your community
  • Require assistance (financial or other adjustments) to enable your participation

GLaWACGippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) both aspire to:
  • Develop leaders for vibrant and sustainable communities across Gippsland through delivery of the annual Gippsland Community Leadership Program
  • Encourage the participation of Gippsland’s emerging Aboriginal leaders in the Gippsland Community Leadership Program
  • Create a framework to deliver meaningful Aboriginal cultural education to all participants of Gippsland Community Leadership Program
  • Foster initiatives to build trust and partnerships between GLaWAC (and the broader Gippsland Aboriginal community) and GCLP, this will include the values of respect, encouragement, service, persistence, empathy, courage and teamwork
  • Must identify as Gunaikurnai mob
  • Be approved by GLaWAC as a suitable candidate
  • Must live on Gunaikurnai land in Gippsland
Wayne Casey – Gippsland Young Community LeaderThe criteria in selecting a suitable applicant will include:
  • Must be aged between 18 and 26 years old
  • Commit the required active learning, time and energy to GCLP
  • Be involved in community volunteering
On completion of the program, commit to making a greater personal contribution in developing and growing their respective community.
Country Fire Authority
Two scholarships available

  • Must reside in the Gippsland region.
  • You are a current volunteer member of the CFA.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Show a genuine interest in your community and community engagement.
  • Have the potential to commit time and energy to leading your community in the future.

Competency Matrix

The GCLP participant selection process allows applicants to demonstrate the below competencies through information gathered throughout the process that relates to multiple facets of the individual including their knowledge, experiences, motivators and behaviours.

Growth Mind-set

Leading the way in effecting strategic change as an individual or within an organisation or community group

Competency Definition
Community Awareness Demonstrating ‘business sense’ in the context of community; possessing and using knowledge of the region and societal factors impacting the community to identify potential risks, problems and opportunities.
Initiative Acting of own accord; being proactive and self-motivated.
Innovation Introducing original ideas; applying new methods; being creative.
Leadership Providing guidance, feedback and direction to team and individuals; inspiring and encouraging others towards goal achievement; assisting others to work at full potential; creating and defining a compelling vision and organising others to pursue it.
Learning Orientation Actively seeking new ideas and different perspectives; continuously enhancing own knowledge and skills; readily assimilating new information.
Tenacity Doing what it takes to achieve worthwhile goals; making repeated attempts to achieve a goal despite barriers.


Working cooperatively and effectively with others.

Competency Definition
Building Relationships Proactively developing and maintaining effective relationships to facilitate the achievement of goals.
Communication Expressing thoughts, ideas and information in a clear, appropriate manner, using appropriate structure, grammar and language tailored to the listener/reader.
Concluding Working through each aspect of a task of a project; overcoming obstacles; driving a task or project through to completion.

Processing of Applications

Applications open Tuesday 1st September 2021 and close at 5pm on Friday the 29th October 2021.

Interviews – applicants will be notified by phone or email of interview dates and times.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application no later than Friday 3rd December 2021.

The evaluation of applications is a confidential process.

Investment Cost and Scholarships

The GCLP experience is provided with the assistance of funding support from Regional Development Victoria and a number of sponsors across our region. This enables us to provide a subsidised program in a range of categories as follows:

  • Employer Sponsored $6,000 (GST exclusive) + individual contribution from participant of $600 (GST exclusive).
  • Sole Trader – $3,500 (GST exclusive).

Instructions to apply for a scholarship

On the application form in the section titled Program Fees there is a box stating Scholarship (please specify), in the box please enter the scholarship that applies to you/the applicant.
During the interview process you/the applicant will be asked for your responses and evidence to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Scholarship.
This information is then presented to the sponsors of the scholarship to be approved. The successful and unsuccessful applicant/s will be notified.