Leadership and Governance Program

Cultural and linguistic diversity brings great benefits to boards and committees. However, there is a large pool of talent within our multicultural community that is largely untapped.

The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) Leadership and Governance Program seeks to encourage greater representation on public, private or not-for-profit sector boards and committees.

The program aims to:

  • equip skilled professionals of CaLD background with knowledge and skills to apply for and participate on relevant boards and committees
  • facilitate engagement of CaLD communities in government decision-making processes.
        Leadership Workshop

        2023 Program

        In 2023, to support the Alumni of our Leadership and Government Program OMI will be providing training and networking opportunities to further their participation on boards and committees.

        Following our recent consultation with the Alumni and other program stakeholders, we have identified key development areas for individuals applying for and participating on relevant boards and committees. We will be offering practical training opportunities in the topics below:  

        • Self-leadership 
        • Networking skills and crafting your elevator pitch 
        • Preparing for board membership (including interview skills for boards) 
        • Priority boards topics (e.g. Cybersecurity, Environment Social Governance)
        • Understanding board financials

        There will also be a Networking event held later in the year for our Alumni members, providing opportunities to meet with board recruitment companies and prospective boards. 

        We will communicate these opportunities across the year, so please keep an eye on your email inbox for when the dates are released.  

        Please Note

        • Since places are limited for each of these trainings, people will be selected on a first come basis. However, we will be prioritising Alumni of the Leadership and Governance Program. 
        • The previously held four-day Leadership and Governance Program will now be delivered in 2024.

        To receive updates regarding the program including upcoming trainings and events please email engage@omi.wa.gov.au


        About the program

        The program is made up of three components:

        • the Diversifying boards — Your cultural advantage: A guide to pursuing a board role publication
        • a leadership and governance training program based on the Diversifying boards guide
        • a mentoring program to support mentees.

        Applicants must meet the following criteria:

        • be from a CaLD background
        • have appropriate professional skills and qualifications for membership of boards or committees
        • have a high level of English language proficiency
        • be willing to actively seek participation on a board or committee outside of your CaLD community group or organisation
        • be committed and available to participate in all aspects of the program including attendance of all the Leadership and Governance training workshops and the 12-month mentoring program.

        Email engage@omi.wa.gov.au for enquiries.


        ‘Diversifying Boards — Your cultural advantage’ Governance Training Program

        This program will assist participants to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to nominate for public and private sector boards and committees, and to participate fully in civic life as leaders and active citizens in Australian society.

        The program can help you assess your board readiness and learn about how to pursue a board role. It includes information about boards, what being a board member involves and resources that you can access to help you on your journey to board membership. 

        ‘Stepping Up to the Challenge’ Mentoring Program

        This program is an important adjunct to the governance training program. It is designed to support those who seek to realise their full potential and, importantly, to step up to an active board position, whether it be in the public, corporate or not-for-profit sector.


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