Calling on local leaders: New program launch

Published Friday, 30th October 2015

Emerging leaders of the diverse communities in Fairfield will have the opportunity to build advocacy and leadership skills thanks to Council’s new Emerging Leaders and Advocates Program.

The program will deliver quality professional development, with participants receiving training in the Australian political system, effective leadership, data collection and statistics and working effectively with the media. Participants will also receive experience in planning and implementing practical strategies to represent their community and engage with politicians and peak bodies.

Fairfield City Council is currently seeking applications for participants who are interested in being part of this unique program as well as experienced professionals to act as mentors.

The hands-on program is focussed on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Fairfield, enabling participants to be a voice for their community.

Male and female representatives from the Assyrian, Burundian, Cambodian (Khmer), Chaldean, Iranian, Iraqi, Karen (Burma), Mandean, Syrian, South Sudanese and Vietnamese communities are encouraged to apply for this first round pilot program.

Residents interested in participating in the program are invited to attend an information session about the program on 9 November, being held at Fairfield City Council:

  • 9.30–10.30am: advocate information session
  • 10.30–11.30am: mentor information session

Applications close Friday 27 November 2015.

Fairfield City Council is committed to providing increased opportunities for our diverse community where over 52% of residents were born overseas.

This includes supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) residents to build community infrastructure, contribute to important local, state and federal decision making and influence social policy.

For further information about the program and application criteria visit or call 9725 0222.