School leadership

We aspire to enhance leadership capability in Australia’s education sector to improve student outcomes.

To achieve this, we have established the Menzies School Leader Fellowship program in partnership with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. We're investing $1.5 million over the next three years to work with internationally renowned Laureate Professor John Hattie to explore how future Menzies School Leadership Fellows can be supported to build collective efficacy in their schools.

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship program will work at the school and system level to build leadership capability and support the reframing of practice across the education sector. 

Ms Kerry Elliott, from the Graduate School of Education, has been appointed as the first Menzies Research Fellow to support the incubator.

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship will initially be piloted in Victoria, with the hope to expand it Australia-wide in future.


2019 program

In 2019, four school leaders/lead teachers from Victorian schools will each be awarded a Fellowship valued at $100,000 over three years. During this period, Fellows will be working with Laureate Professor John Hattie. Each Fellow will receive $30,000 for a Collective Efficacy Project, $24,000 for professional development and travel, as well as membership of the University of Melbourne's Network of Schools program for each Fellow's school, worth $46,000, and membership of the Menzies Alumni.

Applications for the 2019 Menzies School Leader Fellowship closed on 21 December 2018. Applications were open to principals, assistant principals and lead teachers at all Victorian primary and secondary schools.

The first cohort of Menzies School Leadership Fellows will be appointed in early 2019.

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If you have any questions about the Fellowship please contact the Menzies Foundation on (03) 9070 3489 or at