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Take your career to the next level in the POWER industry by strengthening your capability to make valuable contributions in the sector and improve your effectiveness and competitiveness in a transformative industry. 

The POWERful Women Leadership Program (PWLP) is open for applications and nominations for 2024.

The POWERful Women Leadership Program (PWLP) is a unique new power sector-oriented program that will develop the next generation of female leaders for the Australian power sector.

The Powerful Women program has two streams each year - the Professional stream for ~25 experienced women in technically oriented roles in the power sector, and the Early Career stream for 50+ undergraduates and graduates.


How to join the Powerful Women STUDENT program?

If you are:

  • a female university student studying towards a career in the power industry; 

we encourage you to apply for the Undergraduate Stream in 2024.

How to join the Powerful Women EARLY CAREER program?

If you are:

  • a graduate in the first 5 years of a technically oriented role; or

  • a post grad students at an Australian University;

we encourage you to apply for the Early Career Stream in 2024.

How to join the Powerful Women PROFESSIONAL program?

If you are an experienced female professional in a technically oriented role in the power sector we encourage you to apply for the Professional Stream in 2024.

The PWLP will develop the leadership capabilities and skills of 70+ women in the power sector each year through strengthening their understanding of the strategic technical and market issues and leadership challenges associated with transforming the infrastructure and organisations in the sector.

This PWLP program builds on the highly regarded ‘API Summer School’: a 2- week residential technical leadership development program. Professional program participants participate in the full Summer School and extra activities, and Early Career stream participants have a separate program that links to the final days of the Summer School.

Supported by the API's member organisations and the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, over $300K+ will be invested each year in activities for the Powerful Women participants including part and full scholarships to support participation in the program, mentoring, networking, and career and technical leadership development activities.


Applicants who are accepted into the program will be invited to pay the registration* fees. 

Registration costs are detailed in the Professional Programs and Early Career Programs Booklets.

Registration* in the Powerful Women Professional program includes full registration to the API Summer School (including all accommodation and meals) and additional online Powerful Women program activities.

*Registration excludes travel costs. Costs include GST.

Discounts apply for staff from API member organisations in recognition of your organisation's other contributions to the operations of the API and Summer School.

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