The Pathways to Politics Program for Women will commence in June 2017 and will run through to October. The program is extra curricular and will be held on Thursday evenings from 5.30pm - 9.30pm at the Woodward Centre at The University of Melbourne's Parkville campus.
The program will be led by presenters from across the political spectrum including politicians (both sitting and retired), pollsters, public speaking professionals, campaign strategists, advisors, consultants and public policy experts as well as leading figures in Australian political and public life. Each session will consist of two hours of hands-on facilitated training, followed by a dinner and conversation with women elected to office in local, state and federal government.
2016 Program Outline
Session 1: Welcome and Introduction to the Pathways to Politics Program for Women
Thursday 2 June
Session 2: The Critical Factors to Making a Decision to Run
Thursday 16 June
Participants will examine the advantages and challenges of female candidacy, with a particular focus on negotiating unconscious bias.
Session 3: Reality of Party Machines
Thursday 30 June
Participants will be provided with practical steps to understating party structures and pre-selection systems.
Session 4: Ethics in Politics
Thursday 14 July 14
Participants will reflect on working through ethical dilemmas in politics.
Session 5: Networking
Thursday 28 July
Participants will learn how to forge new contacts and the best way to grow and maintain networks to advance their political careers.
Session 6: Formulating and Communicating Policy
Thursday 11 August
This session will focus on how policy is made, the interaction of policy formulation and group/party politics, the role of interest groups, and how to manage different forms of communication.
Session 7: Navigating Political Parties
Thursday 1 September
Participants will explore the complexities of party politics and constituency groups, and consider how to work with interest groups within the traditional party framework.
Session 8: The Power of Data and Campaign Media
Thursday 8 September
This session will focus on utilising data and the media to establish and mobilise grass-roots support.
Session 9: Polling
Thursday 15 September
This session focuses on how polling works and how the data is used internally.
Session 10: Public Speaking
Thursday 6 October
Participants will consider the power and opportunity provided by public speaking.
Session 11: Election Campaign Building Blocks and Portfolio Development
Thursday 13 October
Participants will consolidate skills acquired across the program in a session devoted to the nuts and bolts of election campaigns and develop their campaign portfolios, including professional head shots, campaign brochures and short inaugural speeches.
Session 12: Next Steps: Campaigning for Success and Diploma Ceremony
Thursday 20 October
Participants will explore how to position themselves in the community to achieve a public appointment and how to advocate for issues and get involved in local campaigns.