First Circles Leadership Program
The Northern Territory Government recognises that building and supporting strong Aboriginal leadership, governance and capacity is fundamental to Aboriginal Territorians driving local solutions and leading the way in local decision-making.
The First Circles Leadership Program is an NT Government flagship program aimed to help identify, mentor and support Aboriginal emerging leaders from remote communities across the Northern Territory. The program aims to develop and expand the members leadership skills, increase their personal governance capabilities and learn more about the impact of public policies and programs on their communities, and help influence and contribute to change.
The First Circles Leadership program is a unique program that brings new voices, and quiet voices, to the conversation to ensure Aboriginal people from remote areas are engaged and can confidently and directly speak to, negotiate and influence how government does its business and engagement in communities.
The program provides an opportunity for participants to directly engage at the highest level of government, with Cabinet, where matters impacting on Aboriginal people and their communities are discussed and local solutions presented.
In the lead-up to the Cabinet meeting, participants take part in leadership training; and workshops designed to support their learning and development to actively engage and communicate with government about matters that are important to them, along with learning various tools designed to help support robust conversations and influence change.
The program is offered on a yearly basis for up to 20 Aboriginal participants, ten from the southern and ten from the northern regions of the Northern Territory.
You are able to nominate yourself or someone you know.