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Writing WA Board Observership Program

About the Program

The Observership Program is a Writing WA initiative intended to provide emerging arts practitioners with a structured experience of governance processes and responsibilities and the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Two Observership opportunities per annum are being offered. These will run consecutively from October 2020 to April 2021, and April to September, 2021.
During these periods, Observers will be given the opportunity to attend Writing WA Board and Sub-Committee meetings, and to participate in those meetings as non-voting members.
To increase their governance skills and knowledge, Observers will also receive one-one mentoring throughout the period from individual Board members.


Via this program Writing WA is aiming to develop and support diverse participation across arts boards in WA generally, and within Writing WA’s Board specifically. Opportunities will therefore be prioritised for candidates who identify as belonging to one of the following communities:

  • Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander
  • CaLD
  • Living with a Disability

One Observership opportunity will be reserved for / allocated to a candidate who is below 35 years of age.

Applications are welcomed from candidates across WA. In the event that a successful candidate is resident in regional WA, participation will be arranged via Zoom or similar interactive platform.

Observers will be expected to:

> Prepare for and attend a minimum of 3 Writing WA Board Meetings.
> Participate in additional mentoring activities as may be offered (to be identified in consultation with the candidate).
> Be available to meet with a designated Board member in advance of Board meetings (to prepare for meetings) and in follow-up to debrief.
> Engage in a debrief at close of the Observership and provide feedback on their experience.

A minimum commitment of 24 hours over the six month duration is anticipated.

To Apply

Interested individuals are asked to complete and submit the application form provided below prior to 5pm on Friday 28 August.

Applications will be assessed by a panel convened by Writing WA’s Board of Management. This panel will include at least one assessor independent of the Writing WA Board of Management.

Successful candidates will be notified in late September.

Successful candidates will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to commencing the Observership.

Enquiries to:
Sharon Flindell
s.flindell @ writingwa.org


Application for Writing WA Board Observership Program
Please identify which age group you belong to: *
Do you identify as: *
Do you identify as belonging to one of the following communities: *
Are you currently studying at a tertiary institution? *
Please attach your CV (including two referees). *
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