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About JCLA

About JCLA

The John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) is an intensive co-curricular leadership program coordinated by Curtin Careers, Employment & Leadership.

Students undertake co-curricular leadership training and further develop their skills and abilities through working on real community projects. The program is based on the three values exemplified by former Australian Prime Minister, John Curtin: Leadership, Vision and Community Service.

Students who complete the John Curtin Leadership Academy will receive recognition on their Curtin Extra Certificate.

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Download the John Curtin Leadership Academy information sheet to find out more about our program.


Program overview

Participation in JCLA enhances your student experience and provides you with a range of opportunities including: developing your leadership skills, gaining real-world experience, boosting your employability and making an impact in your community.

The program is completed over one year and there is a commitment from all participants to attend all elements of the program. There is no cost to participate in JCLA. The program includes:

  • A four day leadership camp 
  • Six leadership workshops
  • Completion of a team project with a not-for-profit organisation
  • Weekly commitment of approximately 5 to 7 hours
  • Graduation ceremony.

Team project

Participants form small teams and undertake a project for a not-for-profit organisation. The projects have a significant impact in the community and allow you to gain practical experience in teamwork, time management, project management, problem solving, conflict resolution, effective decision making, public speaking and self-awareness.

Teams present their achievements and key learning’s to an invited audience of industry leaders, from corporate, government and not-for profit sectors at the graduation ceremony.