The SLA online community is a place for connecting and networking with people who are engaged in creating a new culture of leadership in Australia. People interested in real leadership for real progress – whatever that might mean to us.

Originally a network of SLA program graduates, dating back to 1999, with the launch of this new website, the

SLA 'community' has now expanded to include anyone who is passionate about new approaches to leadership to create the change we want to see in the world.


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Once you become a member you can interact with colleagues by blogging, participate in online discussions, post news and events, advertise job opportunities, share resources and search for expertise amongst other members by area of interest.

Our aim has been to keep the site as simple and intuitive as possible. Having said that, we realise there may be some fine-tuning to do. And we encourage you to feedback if there’s anything you think we need to work on.

How this site works will be determined by the culture established by its users.

Okay, so where do I start?

Complete your profile

Click on "your profile" tab top right then select edit on your profile page.

A completed profile will enable others to connect with you, discover what you are doing, what you have done, your projects and interests. SLA receives many enquiries about connecting with individuals with leadership training and experience and about projects and initiatives that are underway or in development. An up to date profile will enable greater connections and increased opportunities.

Please let us know what you are working on, what your challenges are and how the SLA Community might be able to help. There is an abundance of knowledge and experience between us.


Interested in a particular issue? Want to link in with other people who share the same interest? Click on a tag in the tag cloud (bottom right) to get a listing of all the relevant content that has been posted. Click on the post author to view their profile and find details of what they are doing around this issue. Explore ways to link in.

Post - Event - Job - Resource

Post information you’d like to share with the network – photos, videos, research papers, your upcoming event, job opportunities, articles or links to other sites and projects.

Click the relevant action under 'ADD NEW >>' to share your information with the network.

Content Guidelines

This site was built to encourage rigorous debate and you should freely express yourself and your point of view while treating others with courtesy and respect.

You are responsible for any content you post and should be aware that what you post can remain online indefinitely and may be found through search engines or online archives.

There are a number of opportunities provided for showcasing, publishing and linking to your work. But please do not use the community for undue or unsuitable promotion. This could take the form of: off-topic or repeated promotion of personal activity, commercial or professional services, or other websites/networks; fundraising activity; or repeated linking or spamming behaviour. The SLA Community welcomes collaboration and integration with the work of other people, organisations and networks - but not without relevance to the community.

If you refer to information you found on this site we ask that you acknowledge the SLA Community and attribute the URL of the relevant SLA Community page.


Tell us what you think in a new post or by adding a comment to a "feedback" post. We're interested in your feedback on the site – let us know if there’s something you’d like to see, or raise any concerns about current content.

Volunteer Mentors Needed

Posted by Ingunn Goodman
3rd May 2017

The City East Mentor Program is meeting an unmet need that supports the integration of skilled migrants and refugees into the workforce, enables them to have career continuity and fosters social connectedness and wellbeing.  

The Program matches skilled migrants and refugees with volunteer mentors who use their knowledge and experience of the Australian workplace to support and empower mentees in their search for work in their profession.  By being matched with a professional mentor, participants feel empowered and supported. The mentor can introduce both social and professional networks which otherwise would not be available to them and provide invaluable assistance during a challenging transition period.

The mentoring commitment is for 6 months with contact once per week or fortnight.  Mentoring sessions are according to need and could include sharing information and assistance with resume or cover letter; interview skills; professional networks; main employers and recruiters;  Australian workplace culture. This provides invaluable support to the mentee and assists their transition into work and life in Australia.  The program is designed to be mutually beneficial to both mentees and mentors. MORE >

Noel Pearson Oration on Leadership - 23rd November QLD State Library 6pm

Posted by Melisah Feeney
11th November 2015


"Preparing Youth People to be the Leaders of the Future"


 Stanley Place, South Brisbane

 6.00pm - 7.00pm
 (guests to be seated by 5.45pm)

 Refreshments to follow from 7.00pm
 on the Queensland Terrace

 Proceeds from the Oration will support the Young Transformers Program (YTP). This program aims to transform the lives of unemployed and at risk young people in South East Queensland through an intensive program of engagement, action, reflection and community service.


To register


SLA Alumni may be interested in these board positions...

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
1st August 2014

The Jane Goodall Institute is looking for a number of Board members - a Company Secretary, a Treasurer (CA or CPA qualified) and some other more general Director positions.

If you are interested, the recruitment kit and application form are on the JGIA website - http://www.janegoodall.org.au/board-member-recruitment/


Nominate someone for a Westpac Community Leaders Award. Hurry! Closes 15 August

Posted by Rachael Vincent
24th July 2014

This has got SLA Alumni written all over it!

With a focus on community impact and leadership, so many of our Alumni are ideal candidates for this award. We'd love to see one of you win! 

Visit the Westpac website for more information.

Who are they looking for? 

From the Westpac website: 

"Leaders who:

  • Demonstrate the social and financial impact of their organisation's activities
  • Demonstrate a sustainable vision for the future of the organisation that will have a positive impact on the broader community
  • Achieve a breakthrough innovation or change that makes things better or easier for the community
  • Take responsibility for decisions and actions, placing the community's interest upfront
  • Regularly exceed customer needs by delivering flexible, high quality and reliable services
  • At all times, act professionally, with honesty, consistency and impartiality, building trust and confidence in the community they serve."

Last year's winner in the category of leadership in a NFP organisation was Rachell Towart, CEO, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre: 

  MORE >

Invitation to launch of National Energy Efficiency Network

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
2nd July 2014

Gareth Johnston, SL Alumnus, would like to welcome Social Leadership Australia’s alumni and their colleagues to attend the launch of the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) on Wednesday the 16th of July in Sydney.

RSVP online here for the Sydney, NSW launch event (details on the website):


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