Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot)

Local leaders have a significant role to play in boosting the resilience and vibrancy of their community. Recent events, such as floods, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have tested local regional leaders in unprecedented ways and it is more important than ever to ensure leaders are supported to develop their skills and networks.

The Australian Government has committed $5 million from 2021-22 to 2022-23 for current and emerging regional leaders to further develop leadership and resilience skills to support their local communities through future economic challenges through the Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot).

Leadership training providers are encouraged to apply for the pilot program to deliver the place-based leadership training in up to 10 locations. The Business Grants Hub will administer the pilot program and an open, competitive grants process will be followed.

The program Guidelines and further information on the pilot program is available on the Business Grants Hub website at or by calling 13 28 46.

Registering interest in the program

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) has developed an online noticeboard for communities and regions to register their interest in the program. Training providers will be able to view the details provided by interested communities and regions to determine whether they can deliver the program in the locations put forward, and training providers may also wish to collaborate with the interested parties in developing their applications for the program.

Interested communities and regions should note that although they are able to register their interest for the program, there is no guarantee they will be included in an application by a training provider.

Information Session

The department will be running an online information session about the pilot program on Friday 17 September 2021 from 3:00pm-4:00pm AEST. Please register for the session at Eventbrite.

How to apply

Applications for the program open on Friday 24 September 2021 and close on Friday 5 November 2021. Training providers interested in delivering the pilot program can contact the Business Grants Hub at or by calling 13 28 46.