Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program PDF Print


In March 2009 NCOSS invited applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) women who were interested in participating in a leadership development program. This was an initiative of NCOSS, in partnership with Tranby Aboriginal College. The program was funded by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and administered by the Department of Community Services.

 This was a rare opportunity for NGOs to develop the leadership skills and capacity of ATSI women working in either paid or voluntary roles in their organisation.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working in the not-for-profit community services sector (NGO) – either as Managers/Co-ordinators or on the Boards of Management of community service NGOs. The pilot program opened to women within the Sydney region. Applicants needed to be able to attend the full 12 days of the program and there was no cost associated with participating in the program.

Key components of the Program

The key components of the program, held at Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe, include:

  1. Delivery of the accredited Board Governance unit from the Diploma in Business (Governance: Indigenous Organisations).
  2. A series of Aboriginal women guest speakers, who are recognised leaders in their fields/communities.
  3. An action learning approach, with a focus on relevant case studies and the ‘real life’ workplace/community leadership issues of participants.
  4. The provision of resources and advice via the NCOSS Management Support Unit.

The course was comprised of four, three day, intensive ‘learning blocks’ – over a total of 12 days, between June and September 2009.

  • Block 1 June 1, 2, 3 (Mon, Tue, Wed)
  • Block 2 July 6, 7, 8 (Mon, Tue, Wed)
  • Block 3 August 3, 4, 5 (Mon, Tue, Wed)
  • Block 4 September 7, 8, 9 (Mon, Tue, Wed) 

Download:         2009 Program Outline

Download:         2009 Closing Ceremony 

Download:         Background to the Program


This Program has been completed.

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