Emerging Community Leaders


Members of the Tasmanian Community Fund Board were consistently receiving feedback from the community that there were concerns about where the next generation of leaders was going to come from.  This was particularly the case for rural and regional communities. Recognising this feedback and concern, the Tasmanian Community Fund agreed to invest in community leadership development and as a result developed the Emerging Community Leaders targeted grant round and program. The Tasmanian Community Fund recognises the value of developing leadership skills across the community and is particularly keen to see emerging leaders supported to develop skills that will empower and enable them to help their community prosper.

SRA Corporate Change was selected to implement the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the Fund.  The aim of Emerging Community Leaders is to deliver an effective leadership program that benefits participants, their employers or businesses, and the Tasmanian community at large.

Program Overview

Emerging Community Leaders brings together the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector, and equips them with the capability to positively contribute as a leader in this sector. The program focuses on leading self, leading others, leading community and leading for lasting impact.

Emerging Community Leaders supports up to 24 participants a year with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication, and project management. There is an emphasis on experiential learning and being able to apply skills immediately in the form of projects benefiting participants’ workplaces and the community.

The way in which this program is delivered aims to develop participants in an engaging, innovative and future focused way. The content, presenters, workshops and activities included in the delivery of this program are practical, creative, unique and deeply engaging.  Participants are encouraged to understand that everyone’s journey through the program is different, and leadership is innately personal.

Emerging Community Leaders is delivered primarily through a combination of face-to-face sessions, and the supported delivery of a community based project to provide the opportunity to apply and extend learnings.

The program is open to all Tasmanians and we are particularly keen to see diversity across the participant group.  There is no maximum age requirement for the program but participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Time Commitments

The Emerging Community Leaders program will provide four residentials (10 days in total) of training and development to 24 participants.  In addition, participants will be required to provide a presentation on their project at an event in December. Following is an indicative timetable, which may be subject to change:

Date Location Focus
14, 15 and 16 February 2019 North Leading Self
29 and 30 March 2019 North West Leading Others
28 and 29 June 2019 South Leading Community
29, 30 and 31 August 2019 North Leading for Lasting Impact
November/December 2019 – 1 day South Project presentation and graduation ceremony



For more information on the program, please visit the Emerging Community Leaders website.