This immersive and collaborative course, generously supported by the Disability Services Commission, builds leadership skills to enable people with lived experience, or working in the disability sector, to become more influential, confident and effective leaders. The leadership development course builds the capacity of passionate advocates to create sustainable communities that contribute to independence, self-determination and inclusivity for people with disability, their families, and carers.

We strongly encourage those with lived experience of disability (whether personally or as carers), as well as those who work in the sector to consider applying for this specialised course. For more information, submit an expression of interest below.

Media release


Leadership WA has secured a $400,000 grant from the Department of Communities (Disability Services) to deliver LeadAbility, a course which introduces empowering concepts of leadership to both people with a disability and workers in the disability sector.

“It’s our mission to champion courageous and diverse leadership,” said Dominique Mecoy, CEO, Leadership WA. “The LeadAbility course is a vital community resource that will encourage an inclusive leadership community in Western Australia,”

Since its first year in 2015, more than 60 participants across a wide range of sectors have completed the LeadAbility course. According to an evaluation survey, more than 90% of participants were able to immediately apply what they learnt.

Graduates of the course have since entered the workforce; changed employment; gained board memberships; become advocates; increased their self-confidence; and increased their motivation to make changes in their community.

“LeadAbility helped to clarify my vision and find my voice when it came to what I actually wanted to do,” said Ben Aldridge, a graduate of LeadAbility and current participant of Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership program.

At the age of 22, Ben suffered a 30-foot drop which left him a quadriplegic. He has since become a professional public speaker and owner of 30 Foot Drop, an organisation dedicated to increasing openness and inclusion for people with a disability.

Leadership WA also received further $178,000 in State and Commonwealth funding under the Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building grants in May this year.

The ILC funding will enable delivery of two LeadAbility programs in regional locations that will be determined through consultation to be undertaken by the Department of Communities.

“The McGowan Government is proud to support Leadership WA in its efforts to empower Western Australians living with disability and those working in the sector.” said The Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services.

“I congratulate all parties involved in this excellent initiative for fostering a diverse and inclusive leadership community, which will help our state grow and meet challenges in the future.”

In addition to providing a challenging but supportive environment where participants explore and enhance their leadership skills, LeadAbility participants network with other leaders who have a broad range of experiences and work on real-life community projects.

The participants also develop skills and insights into how they could engage in a Community of Practice focused on social change and impact in the sector.

Course Fees

Please note, participants in the LeadAbility Course may be required to pay a nominal participation fee. Full details of this fee will be made available prior to the opening of the formal application process.

LeadAbility Expression of Interest

If you’d like more information about the LeadAbility Course, fill in the form below and we’ll be in contact as soon as possible. Alternatively, call us on 08 9369 6777.

What a graduate and the course manager say about LeadAbility

2015 LeadAbility participant

LeadAbility gave me the confidence to realise that I could be a leader and help others.

Gene Howell, Leadership Development Manager

LeadAbility was designed for those with the potential to lead and generate change, and for those who want to work collaboratively on their own leadership development and that of others.