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Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Programme kicks off for 2018

The fifth Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Programme has commenced, with eight women from across the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Areaembarking on the first session of the three-month course.

The program takes place over three sessions in the Torres Strait and Canberra and is an initiative by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) to equip women with the skills and confidence they need to engage in politics and governance.

The TSRA Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said the programme has had huge community success since its inception.

“Since it started there have been over thirty graduates that has resulted in a number of them furthering their career, community and political aspirations, ” he said.

“This year’s participants were chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants.

“They have truly earnt their place in the programme, and it shows their determination and ability to be successful leaders in our community.”

The course is being delivered by Philippa Woodhill from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

The second session will take place in Canberra in September 2018, followed by the final session and graduation ceremony in the Torres Strait in October 2018.

The TSRA is also seeking applicationsto fill places on the Foundation’s TRAIL: emerging leaders program from 7-15 October 2018.

TRAIL is a cross-sector, challenge-based leadership program set in Canberra and in the region for Australia’s future emerging leaders.

For more information about TRAIL and all TSRA leadership programs, visit

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