• Duration
    5 days
  • Location
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Fees
    DET fully subsidised

Make a transformational impact on your school or school culture to improve student outcomes.

The Principals’ Centre in Australia is designed to provide school leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia with the knowledge, leadership strategies, and tools to become effective leaders of instructional change and accelerate learning for all students.

Hosted in Sydney and designed for region-specific learning needs, the program brings together school leaders from across the region, to explore research-based techniques and best practices as they develop leadership plans tailored to their school context.

With content drawn from local learning contexts and all sessions led by Harvard faculty, the program addresses areas of critical importance including instructional leadership, school culture, leadership development, strategy, and family and community engagement.


Designed for principals and school leaders from Victorian government schools.  


Designed and delivered by Harvard University. 

Over 5 face-to-face days, you will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in faculty-led sessions and explore case studies, using Australia-specific examples and learning contexts
  • contribute to facilitated discussion groups and engage peers in collaborative learning and reflection
  • reflect on and hone personal leadership goals
  • develop a school leadership plan that can be implemented in multiple school settings and contexts
  • build lasting connections by engaging with faculty and fellow principals and school leaders in your cohort.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the leadership skills needed to set high expectations for instructional quality
  • how to cultivate a school culture that prioritises learning for all
  • new leadership approaches for creating change and identifying optimal conditions for student learning
  • leadership strategies informed by relevant school data
  • how to align resources and initiatives around evidence
  • how to foster student achievement and better outcomes by increasing engagement among family members, community stakeholders, and school leaders.

For more detailed information visit the Harvard website.

Fully subsided by the Department of Education and Training for the first 25 Victorian government school participants. 

Note: you are responsible for your own travel and accommodation expenses.

If your school has an ICSEA value under 1000 you may be eligible for a subsidy for accommodation from Harvard.

You will need to complete an expression of interest form to apply for the program. 

Please complete the form and email it back to Rowan Kayll, rowan.kayll@education.vic.gov.au, by 4.00 pm on Friday 23 September 2022.  

You will be notified of your success by Friday 30 September 2022. 

The process comprises: 

  • Section 1 is your contact details including your school's ICSEA value.
  • Section 2 is a short expression of interest of 500 words or less answering:
    • Where are you in your leadership journey?
    • What do you need to learn next and why?
  • Section 3 is a 1-page maximum CV.

As part of your attendance, a presentation of your learning will need to be made at your network meeting by May 2023. The presentation will be designed and supported by the Academy.

Access and equity criteria will apply, aiming for diversity across the state. This includes a mix of school types with rural and regional representation.

Last updated 12 September 2022