In this series, “Study Melbourne Leadership Labs”you will have the opportunity to connect with a community of motivated international students who are all studying in Melbourne and regional Victoria (in person or online), learn exactly how this program will help you increase your leadership and employability skills and meet a range of amazing facilitators, panellists and guest speakers.

This Victorian Government initiative is Australia’s exclusive leadership development and social entrepreneurship program for international students and is completely free to participate.

The program is designed to take you along the journey from seeing yourself as a leader to acting as a leader in your life and community. You will have the opportunity to connect with a community of over 1400 student global leaders with exclusive access to some of Australia’s top leadership and business experts, with a focus on social impact and connections into Victoria’s thriving social enterprise sector.

Each event will build new skills and perspectives to support your leadership and empowerment journey.

Study Melbourne Leadership Labs - Stream 1 (May - July)

The primary series, Study Melbourne Leadership Labs, contains 12 events where you will grow as an individual, develop your leadership skills, meet a network of peers and hear from a range of guest speakers. If you want to level-up as a leader, this is the series for you. Registration closed.

Leadership Labs 4Impact - Stream 2 (August - October)

Leadership Labs 4Impact stream includes the opportunity to form a social enterprise project team based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (launching on 6 August 2021).

Students will have a chance to pitch their social enterprises to win $10,000 in scholarships from The Hacker Exchange.

Four social enterprise business leaders will mentor project teams focusing on climate action, quality education, and reducing hunger over the 12-week program.

The mentors include Bernado Tobias, OzHarvest; Scott Douglas, Green Lab Futures and Ruwangi Fernando, STEM Sisters, Coby Liew, Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Safe Place Therapy.

See below for our mentors:

  1. Scott Douglas, Founder of Green Lab Futures - Mentoring all teams working on Goal 14: Life Below Water, Target 14.1 “Significantly reduce plastic debris”
  2. Ruwangi Fernando, Founder of STEM Sisters - Mentoring all teams working on Goal 4: Quality Education, Target 4.4 “Increase youth with ICT skills”
  3. Bernado Tobias, VIC/SA State Manager for OzHarvest -  Mentoring all teams working on Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Target 2.1 “Ensure access to safe, nutritious food”
  4. Coby Liew, Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Safe Place Therapy - Mentoring all teams working on Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Target 16.1 “Increase the proportion of the population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live.”

Leadership Labs 4IMPACT launched on Friday, 6 August 3:00pm-4:00pm. Registration closed.

Students have had the opportunity to work closely with our mentors Scott Douglas, Founder of Green Lab Futures-Designing our Regional Innovation Eco-systemRuwangi Fernando (she/her), Founder of STEM SistersBernardo Tobias, VIC/SA State Manager for OzHarvest and Coby Liew 🏳️‍🌈, Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Safe Place Therapy, to help them refine their ideas and develop their projects.

Study Melbourne Leadership Labs Connect - Stream 3

The new third stream, Study Melbourne Leadership Labs Connect, is being developed to support Victoria's thriving and diverse student leadership ecosystem.

This includes establishing a new student leadership and innovation network, professional development opportunities and scholarships for emerging and community leaders.

To express your interest, email Program Lead - Empowered Chris Lee at for more information.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements, including exclusive workshops and webinars working for students offshore through the Study Melbourne Hubs initiative.

You can read more about the outcomes of the program in 2020, including student testimonials and podcasts on the series.

Study Melbourne Leadership Labs Vietnam and Malaysia - Stream 4 (September - October)

As part of the program, international students, education partners and industry can register two high-profile panel events on the theme of leadership in Victoria and Southeast Asia.

Registration closed.

Our Study Melbourne Study Melbourne Hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City have officially opened their doors to offshore students to stay connected with Melbourne. Visit our Study Hubs page for more information of their facilities and exciting programs.