Leadership for Mission is a joint initiative of the Council for Australian Catholic Women, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Mission and the Australian Catholic University. It is designed by and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person. Across a series of educational and formative encounters, this unique program brings the leadership experiences of women within the Church together in the context of an academic and collaborative learning environment.

Framed by an engagement with scripture, theology, spirituality and leadership, this program encourages participants to reflect on their faith in the context of the challenges and opportunities of our contemporary world. In the company of other women, this program invites participants to explore how and in what ways their personal mission and vocation can contribute to a vision of leadership for the church and society which promotes equity, equality, and reconciliation.

Program Structure

This is a two-year, part-time program structured across four residential sessions and supported through Australian Catholic University's online learning management system. Airfares, accommodation, excursions and meals are included.

The academic component of this program consists of a total of 40 credit points (cp), comprising four compulsory units (10 cp each). Upon completion, you will be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.


This program is open to Catholic women aged between 25-35 with diverse personal and professional experiences from across Australia. As this is a Graduate Program you will need to have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in advance.

Application Process

Complete the online application form which requires you to reflect on your:

  • interest in the program
  • personal commitment to the Catholic faith
  • commitment to improving the quality of life for others
  • potential to engage in critical thinking about your own religious tradition
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • capacity to engage in a leadership role.

Please provide copies of your qualifications and ask two referees to complete the online form.

A panel of representatives from the sponsoring organisations will review the applications and will offer a place in the program to successful candidates by November 11, 2019. Second round offers may be made after this date if any successful candidates decline the offer of a place in the program.

Program Cost

This is a sponsored program for which you will be required to contribute 20% of the academic fees over the course of two years (a total contribution of approximately $4,000).


Two years (part-time) with four residential sessions which generally run from Wednesday evening to Sunday early afternoon. Your attendance at residentials is essential. Venues will be confirmed as soon as possible.

18th – 22nd March 2020, Unit 1: Scripture (Interpreting the Bible)

19th – 23rd August 2020, Unit 2: Theology and the challenges and opportunities for women’s leadership

17th – 21st March 2021, Unit 3: Theology for the future: Designing approaches and strategies for women’s leadership

16th – 20th August, 2021 Unit 4: Theology as Leadership for Mission

Flyer from ACU (PDF)


Closing date 14 October, 2019 21 October, 2019

Candidates application form (link) 

Referee form (link) 

Further Information

Andrea Dean This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0487388873


The Leadership for Mission program has been an empowering experience. It has connected me with an incredible group of supportive women, who have encouraged me to consider issues of women’s leadership from a range of different angles and viewpoints. The academic component of the program has been equally challenging and inspiring and has really enabled me to connect with my faith in an intellectual way that has me really excited about the possibilities for my future with the Church. As a faith formation program, Leadership for Mission has allowed me to feel more connected to my faith and has made me realise the important role I am playing as one woman in the Church. It is an absolutely life changing, joy filled, empowering program and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.

Sophie Cox, Leadership for Mission 2018/2019