LeadAbility Course


LeadAbility is a leadership Course designed to develop people with disability and those in the sector, who have the potential to lead and generate change. The LeadAbility Course is generously supported by the Department of Communities (Disability Services), who share our vision to build strong and inclusive communities.

The Course builds leadership skills to enable people to become more influential, confident and effective leaders. The Course includes dynamic activities focusing on understanding leadership, effective communication, teamwork, and community. We strongly encourage people with disability, family members, carers, and employees in the sector, to consider applying for this Course.

This regional project is an NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) initiative. For more ILC events and resources please visit www.disability.wa.gov.au

For further details on the Course, including learning outcomes, please refer to the Course brochure.

  • To download the brochure in a PDF, click here.
  • To download the brochure in a Microsoft Word document, click here.

Alternatively, please call the Leadership WA office on (08) 6381 6700.

Please note applications for the April 2020 LeadAbility Course have closed.

Course overview

LeadAbility is designed to empower people with disability and those in the sector with demonstrated potential to lead and generate change.

Set over 6 days of experience-based learning, the Course works with participants to enable individual and group growth.

Each experience is designed around a theme, including Understanding Leadership; Yourself as a leader; Effective communication; Working with others and in teams; and Citizenship and community.

Experiences are dynamic and interactive activities that challenge and inspire.  Participants undertake an HBDI session, which is a psychometric tool used to help people understand their strengths and weaknesses in a team.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand personal values and leadership style
  • Improve communication skills
  • Develop and practice team building skills
  • Prepare for further leadership development
  • Understand project scope

Course fees

LeadAbility is generously supported by the Department of Communities (Disability Services), who share our vision to build strong and inclusive communities.

Personal fee: $250 (metropolitan Course only)

On accepting a position to the metropolitan LeadAbility Course, participants make a personal contribution of $250 (nonrefundable) to confirm their position and commitment to the Course. Applicants may be eligible to apply for scholarship support for the personal fee. The personal fee does not apply to regional LeadAbility Courses.

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.

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.