The Observership Program is in my opinion an outstanding way for the future directors of all levels of Australian business to gain experience in what to do and indeed what not to do around the board table.”
David Gonski AC (Patron, The Observership Program)
THE
OBSERVERSHIP
PROGRAM

OUR VISION

Founded in 2014 and modelled on a similar successful program in the United States, The Observership Program provides training and practical experience in not-for-profit board leadership and ongoing networking opportunities to create a passionate and motivated community of future leaders.

The Program is a way to connect talented emerging leaders and the not-for-profit community in a structured and meaningful way."

Jonathan Gavshon, Founder and Chair, The Observership Program

The Observership Program facilitates the involvement of young, talented and energetic individuals in a structured experience on non-profit Boards. Each Observer is paired with an organisation for a 12-month period. During that time, Observers attend all board and/or committee meetings as non-voting members and learn about fundamental principles and functions of not- for-profit boards, the roles of board members, fiscal processes and other governance priorities. The Program provides Observers with first-hand exposure to the role of the board, its decision-making and operations as well as targeted training and mentorship designed to give Observers important skills to bring to the boardroom.

TESTIMONIALS

Alvaro Rodas Fernandez, 2019 Observer

The Observership Program is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the role and responsibilities of a NFP Board member, plus an excellent training course and chances to network with extremely interesting and well-connected people.”

Alvaro joined the Media Diversity Australia board following his Observership year.

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Blayne Welsh, 2018 Observer

As an Wailwan and Kamilaroi man concerned about the need for Indigenous representation in the board room of our organisations, the Observership program gave me the foundational knowledge I need to be comfortable stepping up into these much needed roles. It’s been as beneficial to me as it has been to our organisations. I implore our future leaders and community organisations to use this valuable program and secure the future of Indigenous organisations run by our communities, for our communities.:

Blayne joined The Ilbijerri Theatre Board following his Observership year.

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KEY DATES

2021 PROGRAM
CLOSED

Applications Open
12.00PM ON 6 JULY 2020
Applications Close
11.59PM ON 2 AUGUST 2020

2022 PROGRAM
APPLY IN JULY 2021

Applications Open
JULY 2021
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