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) is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for participation in the 2020 Leadership and Governance Program for members of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities.

The 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.

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 to support graduates of the governance training program 

‘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.

Program dates

Leadership and Governance Training

9.00am – 4.30pm Saturday 10 October 2020

  • The governance landscape
  • Types of boards and essential requirements
  • Relationship between board and management

9.00am – 4.30pm Saturday 17 October 2020

  • Challenges, opportunities and expectations
  • Governance scenarios
  • Creating a forum for strategic debate

9.00am – 4.30pm Saturday 24 October 2020

  • Code of conduct and accountability
  • Ethics and decision making
  • Strategic thinking
  • Understanding legal responsibilities

9.00am – 4.30pm Saturday 14 November 2020

  • Key elements of board finance
  • Understanding financial and other related statements

Mentoring training and orientation

9.00am – 12.00noon Saturday 31 October 2020

  • Objectives, expectations and outcomes of the mentoring program
  • Confidentiality, accountability, roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees
  • Guidance, tips and tools (including the Board Development Plan) for successful mentoring sessions


Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries

246 Vincent Street, Leederville


Expressions of Interest (EOI) close at 5.00pm on Monday 14 September 2020. A fee of $50 will apply for successful applicants.

To register your EOI, please email your completed application form to bernadette.masbayi@omi.wa.gov.au.

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Stepping Up to the Challenge

Mentoring resource handbook
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Diversifying Boards — Your Cultural Advantage

This guide can help you assess your boardreadiness and learn about how to pursue a board role.
Page reviewed 21 August 2020