Leadership program study plan and budget examples

Each participant is eligible for funding support to reimburse them up to $10,000 (excl GST) of the costs incurred by participating in the Program. The costs eligible for reimbursement include the agreed costs of study, travel, accommodation, and childcare.

To be considered for the <Leadership Program>, applicants should Prepare a Study Plan and Budget for any costs associated with the Core Program of Study, as well as their Individual Program of Study. Examples of this are noted below.

This must include:

  • The education institution/training organisation name;
  • The course/subject name and code (if applicable);
  • A description of the course/subject;
  • Course commencement date;
  • Total course duration (units/hours); and
  • Exact cost of tuition.

For the purposes of preparing this, Evidence of Costs are:

  • Tax invoices and receipts issued by the supplier of a training course or program of study to the participant;
  • Tax invoices and receipts or tickets issued by the supplier of travel taken by the participant on plane, train, bus, tram, taxi or similar form of transport; evidence of the kilometres travelled per journey / round trip in the case of the use of personal vehicles, to be claimed at the rates specified by the Australian Tax Office (0.78 c per kilometre for the 2022-23 Financial Year).
  • Tax invoices and receipts issues by Accommodation providers, limited to the rates outlined by the Australian Tax Office - Table 1 via the link here.

Tax invoices and receipts issued by the supplier of childcare services for a child or children of the participant.

Example 1

Applicant 1 works full time as an agronomist, while developing a smallholding in a small rural township outside Warrnambool with her partner. She has been taking on increased responsibility at work, with two direct reports, and would like to apply for a senior management position. She also sits on the committee of the local Farmers Market Association and would like to better support other businesses selling through this farmers market. She has two school-aged children.

Application 1

I hope to complete the Igniting Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria. I hope this will help me to be a more effective people manager, and also be helpful for the work I do with community members and other small farm businesses who sell through our farmers market.

The program has 5 contact days over 4 weeks. The content covers themes including:

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Self-Awareness and Values
  • Navigating Change
  • Energising Others
  • Confident Communication

I have expressed interest in the Series 1 program intake commencing on 2 May 2023.

Budget - Core Program of Study

Travel from Warrnambool to Melbourne return (508 kms) for three in person workshops 1524 @0.78c per km

1188.72

5 nights accommodation in Melbourne plus incidentals for in-person workshops @173 + 20.60 per night (ATO figures)

968

Budget - Individual Program of Study

Travel from Warrnambool to Melbourne return (508 kms) for three in person workshops 1524 @0.78c per km

1188.72

5 nights accommodation in Melbourne plus incidentals for in-person workshops @173 + 20.60 per night (ATO figures)

968

Course Fees – Igniting Leadership (early bird before 14 March 2023

3460

Total

$7773.44

Example 2

Applicant 2 lives outside Ballarat on a horticulture property. Her husband runs the property full-time, with additional support from their children during harvest. She works off-farm as a nurse and also assists with managing the farm finance and accounts. She is looking at early retirement from nursing, and has been approached to apply for a board position with the local community health organization. The family is exploring options for transitioning ownership of the farm, possibly to their children.

Application 2

I would like to undertake the ICDA Diploma of Governance Program, to inform a role on the board of our local community health organisation. I hope this will grow my understanding of decision-making mechanisms and financial responsibilities in an organisation. I hope it will also help me to understand more complex financial structures and inform our conversations about succession of the farm.

The program is delivered online over a 6-month period, with one workshop a month plus additional time for assessments, discussions, etc.  I hope to commence in June and complete the program by November 2023. Content includes:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a board member
  • Reviewing and applying the constitution
  • Cultural values
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Organisational strategic planning
  • Organisational finances
  • Applying for funding
  • Organisational change
  • Recruitment and induction
  • Communication and influence
  • Managing conflict
  • Undertaking negotiations

This is outlined in more detail on the CDA Diploma of Governance program website.

I have applied and been accepted to the program, and will look to confirm dates for my participation in early 2023.

Budget - Core Program of Study

Travel from Lexton to Melbourne return (318 kms) for three in person workshops 954 @0.78c per km

744.12

5 nights accommodation in Melbourne plus incidentals for in-person workshops @173 + 20.60 per night (ATO figures)

968

Budget - Individual Program of Study

Course Fees – ICDA Diploma of Governance

4500

TOTAL

$6212.12

Example 3

Applicant 3 is a beef farmer from Gippsland. Together with her business partner, they are investigating options for reducing the environmental impact of their property, including possible carbon farming initiatives. She collaborates with other local farmers to share knowledge and practices around low carbon and regenerative agriculture, and leads a monthly farm business workshop with five other farm owners. The group are considering the establishment of a direct retail brand to sell their product.

Application 3

I am looking to study the Farming and Grazing for Profit program in June 2023 in Bairnsdale. This will inform how we run our farm, and will be shared with our collaborators and future business partners. It will give a theoretical foundation for our new business and help us to reduce environmental impacts and costs as we transition our business to lower carbon. It will also give us a better understanding of options to extend into carbon farming.

It is delivered over a week in-person, it includes teamwork and collaboration with other program participants. The program will teach me how to:

  • Profitably leave your land in better condition
  • Reduce inputs and maximise soil health and production
  • Manage climate variability and become more resilient to extremes
  • Manage the economics of your business
  • Build your farm’s ecological health
  • Reduce overheads and risk
  • Understand and use key reports and financial indicators to identify your true financial position
  • Develop flexibility between cropping and grazing depending on season and commodity prices
  • Increase ground cover and water utilisation
  • Control and manage your business

This is outlined in more detail on the Farming and Grazing for Profit program website.

I have enquired about enrolment and confirmed my eligibility and will look to enrol during the early bird period.

Budget - Core Program of Study

Travel from Buchan to Melbourne return (702 kms) for three in person workshops 2106 @0.78c per km

1642.68

5 nights accommodation in Melbourne plus incidentals for in-person workshops @173 + 20.60 per night (ATO figures)

968

Budget - Individual Program of Study

Course Fees – Farming and Grazing for Profit (early-bird price before 19 April 2023)

5000

TOTAL

$8110.68

Page last updated: 23 Dec 2022