International Leadership Program FAQs
The International Leadership Program is a fully funded scholarship program for arts professionals from eligible Indo-Pacific countries to join either the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders programs. Following the final residential, International Leaders may choose to complete a 4-week secondment with an organisation of their choice in Australia, travel restrictions permitting.
The International Leadership Program invites applicants from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. These countries have been identified as priority regions in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Applicants may decide to apply for either the Arts Leaders Program or Future Leaders Program, depending on their background, experience, and career stage.
All activity for the programs will be in English and participants are required to participate fully in discussions, workshops and presentations. Successful applicants will be required to satisfy ‘Functional English’ proficiency. You can read more here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/english-language/functional-english
Yes, successful applicants will need to apply for a subclass 407 Training Visa. This Visa will be sponsored by the Australia Council once you have been notified that you have been selected for the program. Visa’s must be finalised within an agreed timeframe, before the start of the program, otherwise your participation in the program may be cancelled. Successful applicants will need to satisfy the eligibility of this Visa, found here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/training-407#Eligibility
Please do not apply for a Visa until international border restrictions have been lifted. Australia Council will notify you when to apply for your visa.
A residential is a five-day intensive experience that may take place in-person, online or hybrid, depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the residential. The program is designed and led by our core facilitators and responds to the needs of the group. The residentials are not a professional development conference, rather they provide time and space for the group to connect, collaborate, listen, and hear from key guest speakers. We encourage you to use the residentials as an opportunity to re-focus, invest in your development, feel nourished and plan for the future.
International applicants may choose to join the Future Leaders Program or Arts Leaders Program residentials. Please see the dates for the residentials on the relevant program page.
Travel restrictions permitting, our residentials will take place in regional Australia. We choose regional locations, primarily to spend time learning in Country with Custodians, to slow down, rest and rejuvenate and to allow for new perspectives and knowledge-sharing in a non-urban environment.
You will be notified of the first residential location shortly after you have been accepted into the program, and the second and third locations will be announced at the end of the first residential.
In 2022-23 we are planning for our leadership program residentials to take place in-person in regional Australia, however depending on travel and border restrictions, we may need to adapt the residential to an online or hybrid gathering instead.
We will provide at least 4-weeks’ notice ahead of the residential if this occurs. It is highly unlikely that we will postpone any residential dates due to COVID-19 and are confident in our ability to produce high quality, connected residentials in hybrid ways.
Travel and international border restrictions permitting, we anticipate that international participants may be able to travel to Australia for the second or third residentials, and for the secondment following the conclusion of the program.
That is completely understandable! If you have access requirements, travel concerns or another reason that means your preference is to join the residentials in a hybrid or digital way, we encourage you to reference this in your application so that we can work with you to develop alternative models of participation.
Pending international border restrictions, the Australia Council will cover the following costs for participants:
- return economy class flights from your home city to a relevant Australian or international capital city to attend the residential workshops.
- accommodation during residential workshops, plus up to 3 nights of accommodation in the nearest Australian capital city prior to or following each residential.
- meals during each residential workshop.
- per diem of AUD $80 per day towards meals and expenses for non-residential days.
- on the ground transport in Australia, including transfers to and from residentials.
- travel and health insurance for the length of the program.
- course materials and access to an online learning platform.
- flights, accommodation and per-diems during your secondment.
Should travel not be possible, the Australia Council will cover costs to support your successful participation in the program, including tech requirements, accommodation in your own city and per diems for the duration of the residential.
International applicants may choose to join the Future Leaders Program or Arts Leaders Program residentials. Please see the dates for the virtual online sessions on the relevant program page.
International participants are invited to apply for a supported secondment opportunity with an Australian arts organisation of their choice, at the end of their residential program. The secondment is a unique professional development opportunity to explore different aspects of arts leadership and to learn from others in a new working environment. The Australia Council will assist with providing introductions and financial support for up to a four-week period. Secondments may take place digitally or in-person (border and travel restrictions permitting).
You first need to select the program that you wish to apply for: Future Leaders Program or Arts Leaders Program. International applicants are invited to join one of these two programs. After this question, you will be asked if you are an Australian citizen or resident. When you answer ‘no’, it will take you to the eligibility criteria for the International program.
Future Leaders lead facilitator: Dr Ananth Gopal, Polykala
Ananth holds a PhD in Human Geography specialising in socio-ecological adaptation. He has taught at the Universities of Wollongong and Melbourne and is an active researcher. Ananth has worked as an actor in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for the last 15 years and is an associate artist at Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. Ananth was trained by Marty Linksy and Ron Heifetz at Harvard Kennedy School in the Adaptive Leadership approach. He holds a Cert IV in adult education (TAE), BA (Hons) and a Diploma in Spanish language.
Future Leaders lead facilitator: Tom Henderson, Polykala
Tom has a background in journalism and politics. He has trained at the Harvard Kennedy School with Marty Linksy and Ron Heifetz and holds an Advanced Diploma of Facilitation from the Groupwork Institute. His work with Polykala has included supporting the renegotiation of the Regional Forestry Agreements; delivering adaptive leadership training to LGAs in Victoria and the Northern Territory and a range of Universities and NFPs. He holds at Cert IV in adult education (TAE), a BA (Uni Melb) and is pursuing graduate study in Psychology.
Arts Leaders lead facilitator: Professor Judith McLean
Professor Judith McLean is currently Scholar-in-Residence (QPAC). She has extensive Board experience and is currently a company Director at Queensland Tourism and Events. In this role, Judith chairs the events business which focuses on sport, lifestyle, arts and cultural policy and practice (2009-). She was also on the board of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009-2013); Chair, Southern Cross Soloists (2009-2015); Inaugural Chair of Major Brisbane Festivals Pty Ltd (2003-2007) and Chair & Board Member of Queensland Theatre Company (1995-2004).
Judith works in the performing arts, events and education areas as an educator, director, executive coach and company director. Over the past 13 years she has led management and executive leadership programs in corporate settings, including the health, defence, financial, media and public sectors.