2021 Leadership Intensives

Develop the advanced leadership skills you need in the evolving fields of family violence prevention and response. The Leadership Intensives are designed to support leaders working in the family violence sector to develop practical leadership and change management skills.

About the program

A co-design approach ensures that each course suits the interests and needs of the participants so you will be able to confidently tackle the issues that you and your organisation face.

Past topics have included:

  • Trauma-informed leadership;
  • Influential Leadership;
  • Feminist Leadership;
  • Leading in a Time of Reform;
  • Collaboration and Partnerships;
  • Connecting with Government; and
  • Strategic Impact.

Additional topics related to the current operating environment – such as Leadership in a Time of Crisis and Wellbeing for Leaders – were presented in 2020, in our first online-delivered program.

Previous inspiring speakers from government, academia and the social service sector have included former Victoria Police Commissioner Christine Nixon, renowned feminist scholar Emeritus Professor Pavla Miller, Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen, Co-Founder of STREAT Dr Kate Barrelle and Co-founder of the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria Roz Ward.

In 2021 the Leadership Intensive Program will be delivered in a digital format in both semester 1 and semester 2.

About Participants

Applicants must be working in a senior role (Tiers 1-3) in family violence prevention or response, or a related sector such as child and family services, homelessness, alcohol and other drugs, financial support and disability services, health, local government, justice and education.

  • If you have previously applied for the program and were unsuccessful, you will need to apply again for 2021.
  • If you have already participated in past Leadership Intensive program, you will be ineligible to apply.

Please note that places for the 2021 program are limited and so we cannot guarantee all that eligible applicants will receive a place.

What’s in it for me?

At the completion of the Program participants will have been introduced to the theory, real-life practice examples and tools that enable both personal and workforce change, increasing wellbeing in the sector. Specifically this program aims to enhance family violence leaders’ knowledge of innovative leadership practice and enable participants to use new leadership skills to build, motivate, and support their workforce.


Cost: This program is fully funded by Family Safety Victoria and is free of charge to eligible applicants who are successful in their application.