Women leading and influencing

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. When do 2023 program applications open? 

A. Applications for the 2023 Women's Developmental Leadership Program are now open. Make your application.

Q. What is the deadline for 2023 program applications? 

A. You have until 11:59PM (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Sunday 13 November 2022 to make your application. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Q. Am I eligible to apply? 

A. If you are a Pacific woman on an Australia Award who will be enrolled at an Australian university/ tertiary institution for the first semester of 2023, you are eligible to apply. If you do not meet these criteria, you are not eligible and your application will not be reviewed. 

Q. I am a Pacific woman on-Award but I graduate at the end of the year. I will have returned home and be an alumna when the program starts. Am I eligible to apply?

A. Unfortunately, the program is not open to Australia Awards alumnae. All candidates must have at least one semester remaining of their tertiary course (at least until Semester 1 of the program year) in order to apply.

Q. Can I see the longform questions before I start the online application?

A. Yes! You will find these on the Requirements page.

We strongly encourage applicants to read and draft answers (in a separate document) to longform questions before starting the online application. These questions are your opportunity to show us who you are, how you stand out, what areas of leadership interest and excite you, and why you would be a star participant on the program.

Q. What is the word limit on the longform questions?

A. There is a word limit of 200 words for each longform question. To review these questions before you start your application, please read the Requirements page.

Q. I have submitted my application form. What’s next?

A. Please be patient. The program receives a high volume of applications and the team takes time to carefully consider each one thoroughly and fairly. The applications are screened to ensure they are complete and that applicants are eligible for the program.

The applications are then scored against predetermined criteria and a shortlist of applicants is invited to undertake phone interviews with an WLI team member. Shortlisted applicants' references and Student Contact Officers are contacted to verify application details.

Over November and December 2022, successful applicants will be contacted and offered a place on the program.

Q. What does it cost to participate on the program?

A. All costs associated with your participation will be covered by Australia Awards Women Leading and Influencing. This includes accommodation, meals and travel from your place of study to the intensive program locations, access to mentors, leadership coaching, academics and subject matter experts.

In return, the program asks participants to make the necessary arrangements to ensure participation in all activities, including the two residential intensives and fortnightly sessions (up to 2 hours).

Q. I’ve hit a technical problem with the online application form. Help!

A. Please contact us. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Q. I still have questions!

A. If you have read all the information on this page, as well as on the Requirements and Women's Developmental Leadership Program pages and still have questions, please contact us.