How to apply

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The application is comprised of five sections:

  • Equal opportunities questions: This information helps Applied globally to understand how the review process affects different demographic groups. You can read more about how this information is used here
  • Attach your CV: Please ensure your CV is no longer than three pages and includes three referees
  • Eligibility questions: these short questions help our committee to determine your eligibility for the program
  • Sift questions: these five questions will help us understand more about your professional skills including leadership, strategy and your commitment to run. These questions have a 250-word limit
  • Record a video and upload it to our Dropbox account: this video provides an opportunity for you to pitch what you will bring to the program and what impact you can make in the political realm

Eligibility guidelines

The program will accept up to 30 participants. Applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident/holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa, and identify as a woman.
  • Hold an undergraduate and/or an honours, masters or doctoral degree* from a Victorian university;


  • Hold an undergraduate and/or an honours, masters or doctoral degree* from a university outside Victoria and have resided in Victoria for the last five years


  • Be currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree* at a Victorian university

*Eligibility waivers may be considered in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Selection Committee Chair, on the basis of a combination of qualifications and experience deemed to be equivalent to a degree.

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.


The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is committed to minimising barriers to enter politics . As such, applicants identified by the selection committee as coming from an “equity” cohort will be prioritised.

To be eligible to apply for a position in this equity category applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa. Applicants must be able to demonstrate capacity to succeed in the program, through satisfying the application selection criteria. Applicants must also qualify for one or more of the following criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Previous status as a refugee or current holder of a humanitarian visa
  • Disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances
  • Disability or chronic medical condition
  • Difficult personal circumstances; or
  • Coming from a rural or isolated area.
If you have any other queries relating to the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, please see our frequently asked questions section or contact us.