In 1989 the Victorian Branch of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association established an Annual Study Award to encourage and assist women in the Local Government sector in furthering their education. From 2016 the Award has been increased to $1,750.
The 2018 winner is Catherine (Cassie) Austin, Coordinator of Maternal and Child Health and Immunisation Services at Corangamite Shire Council, who is undertaking a PhD. Two Special Commendation Awards of $250 were also given, to April Ure of Pyrenees Shire Council and to Sharon Houlihan of Wellington Shire Council.
Applications for the 2019 Award will open in February 2019. Click here for an overview of the Award.
The Bursary is open to permanent members of staff in a Victorian city or shire Council.
The applicant must be currently studying at a Diploma level or higher, at a recognised tertiary institution, on a part time or external basis, and must demonstrate an ability to make a positive contribution to their area of employment and to their employer through further tertiary study. The studies undertaken must be directly related to the applicant’s field of employment.
The application must contain:
1. Signed ALGWA application form, which must detail the applicant’s community and voluntary activities. Click here to access the form.
2. Letter of reference from a General Manager/Director, CEO or Councillor, detailing work performance and/or any major workplace achievements. Evidence of the applicant’s commitment towards professional development and to local government more broadly, should be included. A template for guidance can be seen here: Council reference letter
3. A comprehensive submission (up to 1,000 words) addressing:
a) What you (the applicant) believe to be the current issues impacting on local government in general and relevant future trends.
b) How you see your role in this context.
c) How women in your community and your Council will benefit from your contribution in the workplace and your studies.
Signed applications, via email, as a PDF document, are preferred. Unspecified additional attachments, including CVs, will not be considered.
The successful applicant must be personally available to receive the award at a function at the Melbourne Town Hall on the afternoon of 19 April 2018.
To see details of previous winners, please click here