Set the agenda, lead the conversation
The QUT Pathways to Politics Program for Women is delivered over three months and is comprised of three 2-day workshops, held at the Executive Education Centre Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane, four virtual classrooms, access to an online learning platform, networking functions and coaching sessions.
Each workshop is structured around hands-on training and networking, including panels and conversation sessions with women elected to office in local, state, and federal government. Guest presenters include politicians, pollsters, public speaking professionals, campaign strategists, advisors, public policy experts, and leading figures in Australian political and public life.
Over the course of the program, you will work towards understanding your motivations to run, build your political vision develop key skills in media, campaigning and fundraising, and have a ‘real world’ experience delivering your stump speech in parliament.
Module 1: Building your political career
- making the decision to run
- navigating the parliamentary workplace culture
- creating your own story and political vision
- party machines and pre-selection
- building your base
Module 2: Becoming the strongest candidate
- writing and making an inspiring speech
- campaigns and fundraising
- the role of economists in creating policy
- media training
Module 3: Becoming a political leader
- getting the work of parliament done
- ethical dilemmas
- political leadership
- speeches in parliament
Is this program right for me
This program has been designed to benefit women who aspire to elected office and have started their journey. The program provides a safe space for women of diverse backgrounds, professions, cultures, and ideologies to fulfil their shared aspiration to pursue public office.
QUT's Pathways to Politics Program for Women is open to female Queensland residents and aims to inspire and empower participants to lead our country into the future.
If you are not eligible for this program because you are not resident in QLD, you may be eligible for our partner programs in the other states. Please visit Changing the face of politics - Pathways to Politics.
To be eligible for the program you must be an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident/holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa, female-identifying or non-binary in gender identification, and a Queensland resident.
Participants will be selected on a competitive basis against the following criteria:
- commitment to seeking elected office
- leadership experience
- professional and life experience
- political engagement
- ability to tell your story in a compelling way
Pathways to Politics for Women is committed to minimising barriers to enter politics. As such, applicants identified by the selection committee as coming from an equity cohort will be prioritised. To be eligible to apply for a position in this equity category applicants must satisfy the application selection criteria, and also meet one or more of the following criteria:
- identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- identify as LGBTQIA+
- previous status as a refugee or current holder of a humanitarian visa
- culturally and linguistically diverse background
- disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances
- disability or chronic medical condition
- difficult personal circumstances
- coming from a rural, regional or isolated area.