Supporting more Women of Colour in leadership

Applications are now open for the 2023 Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program - the first of its kind in Australia.
2 February 2023

The Victorian Government is helping more Women of Colour to reach their leadership aspirations. The Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program will support 20 women of colour – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women – to upskill and navigate the distinct barriers they face in advancing their careers.

The seven-month program begins in May and features workshops, mentoring and coaching, and an individual strategic challenge project to improve board capabilities.

The Victorian Government is investing $1 million in leadership programs for women – with the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program one of four initiatives announced in 2022 to help women gain leadership roles and build more inclusive workplaces.

It was designed by Women of Colour Australia, with an advisory group of Women of Colour leaders including First Nations leaders from Women’s Business.

Barriers to women’s leadership are not about lack of ability but the systemic issues – including workplace racial discrimination – that limit women’s leadership progression.

Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins encouraged culturally diverse women across the state to apply.

Applications are now open until Tuesday 28 February 2023.

For more information including program fees, opportunities for employer sponsorship and how to apply, go to