About the Program

The Program places an emphasis on skills training, good governance, leadership and fostering strong bonds between participants.  It features guest presenters from across the political spectrum including politicians from all levels of government (both sitting and retired), public speaking professionals, campaign strategists, advisors, public policy experts, and leading figures in Australian political and public life.

The Program has a practical, experiential format, supporting active participation through workshops, case studies, panel discussions, Q&As and networking opportunities.

The Program curriculum is overseen by Academic Coordinator Jayani Nadarajalingam, Lecturer, Political Programs, Melbourne School of Government and is comprised of 10 modules across themes including:

  • Introduction to politics and the different levels of government
  • Articulating your political vision
  • Making the decision to run
  • Pre-selection
  • Fundraising
  • Campaign fundamentals and on the campaign trail
  • Media training
  • Resilience
  • Political leadership
  • Policy making
  • From political vision to stump speech
  • Ethical dilemmas in politics

We are extremely grateful for the support of the many incredible guest speakers who have devoted their time and experience to the Program, including:

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.