Esperance Ravensthorpe Leadership Initiative


2024 Esperance Ravensthorpe Leadership Initiative


Regional Development Australia (RDA) Goldfields Esperance are thrilled to announce that the Esperance Ravensthorpe Leadership Initiative (ERLI) will run again in 2024, with thanks to project sponsors Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The program has evolved significantly from its previous iterations (Future Leaders Program Esperance in 2021, Future Leaders Program Goldfields in 2022 and Esperance Ravensthorpe Leadership Initiative in 2023) as the team have taken on board feedback and learnt what works well and what can be improved.

Working closely with South Regional TAFE, RDA Goldfields Esperance have developed the 2024 ERLI program as a series of six full day monthly workshops designed to balance professional development with accredited academic learning. This dual focus ensures that participants gain theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills that can immediately be applied within their professional lives and community roles. The program will cover essential micro-credentials from a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, leaving a further two clusters to complete the Certificate IV.

For the accredited component of the program, participants will also have access to collaborative learning sessions on the second Tuesday evening of each month, structured self-paced learning and 1:1 support sessions. The workshops will be interactive, combining traditional classroom learning with real-world applications.  Participants will engage in a variety of activities, from case studies and group discussions to a hands-on volunteer project that will encourage them to apply what they've learned in a community context. Participants will also be provided with an opportunity to connect with a local mentor.

Our program emphasises the importance of building and nurturing local relationships. Through collaboration with local businesses, community leaders, and organisations, participants will have unique opportunities to expand their networks, gain insights into different sectors, and understand the intricacies of community leadership. This aspect of the program is designed to encourage participants to step up as community leaders, apply for more challenging job roles, and importantly to volunteer in local community groups, thereby directly contributing to the region's growth and development.

Chair of RDA Goldfields Esperance, Lee Jacobson, said "By providing access to tailored professional development and accredited qualifications, all within the supportive framework of our community, we're not just responding to a current demand but actively investing in the future. This program stands as a testament to our commitment to fostering leadership, enhancing local capacity, and building a stronger, more connected community for years to come.” 

If you are looking for a way to give back to the local community, reach out to us and find out how you can get involved. We are looking for mentors, sponsors and possibly even some local speakers to assist our participants to benefit as much as possible throughout their ERLI experience. 


There are 15 positions for the program, which have been subsidised from over $4,000 in value, according to the below identifiable market sectors. Please discuss with your employer who will pay the participant fee.

  • Corporate participants $1,000
  • Small business / Individual participants $500
  • Not-for-profit participants $250

Program Conditions

  • Successful applicants are expected to commit to attending each full-day session.
  • Only permanent Australian Residents and Citizens will be considered.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning will not be accepted for this program.
  • The TAFE lecturer may attend the applicant’s place of work to conduct a workplace assessment.
  • The applicant’s Employer (or community group representative) must provide an endorsement to confirm their support and willingness to provide all required assistance for the applicant to complete the program successfully.

How to Apply

Applications closed midnight Thursday 4 April 2024.

For further information, please view our Information Package.

The form provides an opportunity for prospective participants to outline why they would like to be involved in the program, how they intend to undertake the study required, their future leadership aspirations as well as what they hope to gain on a personal level.

Interested individuals need to complete an online application form.

Request your employer (or community group representative) to complete the Employer Endorsement.

ERLI Employer Endorsement Form

Got Questions??

If you have any questions, please contact our ERLI Coordinator, Jayde Guest via email at or phone 0402 450 800, alternatively call the RDA Goldfields Esperance office.


Thank you to our project sponsors and delivery partner.



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Photos from our 2023 Esperance Ravensthorpe Leadership Initiative

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2023 ERLI Bronze Sponsor
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Photos from our 2021 Future Leaders Program (Esperance)

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