Scott speaks about new program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders leaders program
Q&A with Scott Gorringe
Q. What is the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Leaders Program (NATSILP)?
A. It is an 11 or 12 day leadership development program. Participants will walk in the footsteps of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, and honour their stories. I want participants to broaden their perspectives and grow as individuals, and as leaders.
Q. What is your role in the program?
A. I am the Program Director and Facilitator at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. I did a similar program to this one, around six years ago. I am designing and developing this new program, as well as undertaking the implementation. I am bringing together a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander facilitators to assist me in delivering this unique program.
Q. How did completing a similar program to this, change you?
A. I completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2010, and that program really enabled me to find my courage. The program was intensive and helped me realise what was holding me back. Through the program, I also developed a whole network of people who I draw on for inspiration and to support me.
Q. What do you hope to achieve from the NATSILP?
A. I want Indigenous peoples to connect with the leadership capacity of our past, and remember and learn from their stories to set a way forward into the future. I want the participants of the program to co-create robust conversations that will engage significant shifts across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander landscape.
Q. How long is the NATSILP?
A. There are four programs being run throughout 2017. Two of those are 11 days blocks in a regional location. The other two programs are broken down into two, six day sessions, so 12 days in total. For the first session, they will travel to a regional location. The second session will take place later in the year in Canberra.
Q. Who should apply for the program?
A. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are 21 years or older and have some type of connection or interest in rural and regional Australia.
Q. How do people apply for the program?
Read more about the program and complete an application form. There are 80 places available in 2017.
Photo: Left to right – Scott Gorringe with Che Cockatoo-Collins in India on the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2010.