IPAA Victoria

Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship

Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship

This scholarship acknowledges and supports Indigenous public sector employees by offering a professional development program to a high performing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who demonstrates significant leadership potential and dedication to the public sector. The award supports broad career pathways in the public sector for Indigenous people.

The scholarship consists of a 12 month professional development package tailored to the needs of the award recipient.


Nominees must:

  1. Be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person

  2. Be under 40 years of age

  3. Have at least 12 months paid employment experience in the public sector.

Self-nominations and nominations by individuals and organisations are welcome, and more than one scholarship may be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel.


Nominees should demonstrate the following:

  1. History of involvement in professional and/or community activities

  2. Demonstrated capacity for leadership

  3. Personal and professional qualities demonstrating a willingness and potential to take full advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by the scholarship.

Nominations must include details of two referees (in addition to the nominator) and a response to the criteria uploaded in Word Doc or PDF. Optionally, supporting material (up to six pages) may be provided (e.g. media release, supporting letter, new clippings, etc). 

Conditions of entry

Please read the conditions of entry before completing the entry form.

Past Winners:

Travis Lovett, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Thomas Bell, Department of Justice

John Bell, Department of Justice

Erin Birch, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Kaylene Williamson, Department of Planning and Community Development

Paula Murray, Department of Justice

Nominations Tips

Each year our judges tell us that evidence is critical to an award-winning nomination. Be sure to provide data and evidence to support the statements you make in your nomination.

  1. If your project or initiative is still in its infancy and you don’t have any tangible evidence to support its nomination, you might want to consider applying in a subsequent year.

  2. Make sure you address all of the criteria for the award category you’re nominating in.

  3. Write clearly, to the point, and back up your statements.

  4. Be sure to use the option to provide supporting documents. This is your chance to show, rather than tell, of your project or initiative’s merit.

  5. That said, curate what you provide as supporting documents. Our judges have to examine a number of nominations; don’t make it hard for them to find the compelling evidence.

  6. If you have a query, email awards@vic.ipaa.org.au.