Department of Health

Lived and Living Experience Workforce Leadership Development Grants now open


Lived and living experience workers (LLEW) play a crucial role supporting Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress and their families, carers, and supporters.

A new grants program aims to support current lived and living experience workers to develop their leadership skills and capabilities.

Grants are now available for people working in designated lived and living experience roles in state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) or harm reduction services. This includes workers employed by peak bodies, training organisations and services delivered by NGOs.

Grants up to $5000 are available for qualifications or courses that develop leadership skills and capabilities for Victoria’s lived and living experience workers. These include TAFE level and other training/courses aimed at leadership and project management.

The Department of Health is funding Mental Health Victoria (MHV) to administer the grants program and allocate grants to successful applicants.

Find out more about the program including eligibility requirements on the Mental Health Victoria website.External Link Applications close on Friday 18 November 2022.

This grants program complements the Lived and Living Experience Workforces University Scholarships program. For more information about this program, visit the ACN website.External Link

Building lived and living experience workers skills, knowledge and capabilities is a key priority of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-24.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System called for expanded and better supported lived experience workforces operating at all levels of the reformed mental health system.

The grants program is part of a suite of programs that provide development opportunities for lived and living experience workforces.

Read more about lived and living experience workforce initiatives.

Reviewed 28 October 2022

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