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.

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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:

  • build the capacity of CaLD community members
  • equip members of CaLD communities with information, knowledge and skills to enable them to apply for and participate on relevant boards and committees
  • facilitate engagement of CaLD communities in government decision-making processes.

 Applying to the program

Applications for the 2022 Leadership and Governance Program are not currently open. Updates will be available on this page.

The program is made up of three components:

  • a four-day governance training program based on the OMI publication Diversifying boards: Your cultural advantage
  • a three-hour mentoring training and orientation session based on the OMI publication Stepping Up to the Challenge–Mentoring resource handbook
  • a 12-month mentoring program thereafter, to support graduates of the governance training program. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be from a CaLD background
  • have an appropriate level of English language proficiency
  • have appropriate professional skills and qualifications for membership of boards or committees
  • be actively seeking membership on a board or committee outside of your CaLD community group or organisation 
  • participate in all aspects of the program including attendance of all training sessions and the 12-month mentoring program.  

For further enquiries, please email engage@omi.wa.gov.au

‘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.


Mentoring resource handbook cover

Stepping Up to the Challenge

Mentoring resource handbook
Diversifying boards — your cultural advantage cover

Diversifying Boards — Your Cultural Advantage

A guide to pursuing a board role
Page reviewed 15 December 2021