How to apply

Applications for the 2021 cohort of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women are now closed. We will be in touch to advise all candidates on the outcome of applications the week commencing 21 June 2021.

The application is comprised of four sections:

  • Eligibility questions: these short questions help our Selection Committee to determine your eligibility for the program
  • Scenario-based questions: these questions will help us understand more about your personal and professional leadership experience, political aspirations and commitment to run, and your engagement with Australian politics and policy. These questions have a 250-word limit.
  • CV: please ensure your CV is no longer than three pages and includes three referees
  • 90-second Video: this video provides an opportunity for you to pitch what you will bring to the Program and what impact you can make in the political realm

Eligibility guidelines

The program will accept up to 30 participants. Applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident/holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa, and identify as a woman.
  • Hold an undergraduate and/or an honours, masters or doctoral degree* from a Victorian university;


  • Hold an undergraduate and/or an honours, masters or doctoral degree* from a university outside Victoria and have resided in Victoria for the last five years


  • Be currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree* at a Victorian university

*Eligibility waivers may be considered in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Selection Committee Chair, on the basis of a combination of qualifications and experience deemed to be equivalent to a degree.

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.


The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is committed to minimising barriers to enter politics. As such, applicants identified by the Selection Committee as coming from an “equity” cohort will be prioritised. Applicants must be able to demonstrate capacity to succeed in the program, through satisfying the application selection criteria. Applicants must also qualify for one or more of the following criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Previous status as a refugee or current holder of a humanitarian visa
  • Disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances
  • Disability or chronic medical condition
  • Difficult personal circumstances; or
  • Coming from a rural or isolated area.

If you have any other queries relating to the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, please see our frequently asked questions section or contact us.

The Pathways to Politics Program for Women acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.