Welcome to LEAD Professional Development Association Incorporated
LEAD Professional Development Association Inc (LEAD) is a not for profit, non-government association that is funded by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). We specialise in meeting the Professional Development & capacity building needs of individuals and organisations that are part of the Family & Community Sector. We are also the Go To Place for Everything TEI! For over thirty-five years we have provided evidence-based and cost-effective workshops, seminars, forums, conferences and training sessions, and now we have a wide range of webinars and eLearning courses available, bringing our expertise to the sector wherever you are located.
We don’t like to brag, but we think we are pretty good at what we do, and to have been around for more than thirty-five years, our members, customers and stakeholders must agree!
With such an exemplary pedigree, we really are the Family and Community Sector specialists! We also are “Your Go to Place for Everything TEI!” We support workers, managers and organisation align their service delivery to the TEI requirements, including the professional development of workers, coaching & mentoring for Managers, developing Program Logics, DEX training, Policies & Procedures, Governance and more! More recently, we expanded our delivery mode to include online workshops, eLearning courses and webinars. ‘LEAD Online’ has enabled us to expand our reach and availability, especially to smaller service providers and specialist organisations throughout NSW.
Locally, LEAD is proactively engaged through interagency meetings, sector forums, community evaluations, council meetings, funding body information sessionsand focus groups to ascertain what the new and emerging needs are for the TEI sector. Once identified, we then source subject matter experts and co-design a workshop/seminar/forum that will provide relevant, accessible and cost-effective professional development that is evidence-based, and outcomes focused. This model ensures that we remain at the forefront of innovation and able to bring you the latest in new and emerging research and evidence-based frameworks that will empower you to support the vulnerable children, youth, families you work with to achieve their outcomes.
We are proud of our long-standing relationship with The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), who are our major funder. We have recently been awarded a five-year contract through DCJ’s Western Sydney Nepean Blue Mountains District. LEAD was a significant contributor to our District’s Priority Group planning through Working Groups and Reference Groups..
In collaboration with other stakeholders, we played a substantial role in the development and roll-out of The Linker Network, an integrated service delivery model that places people at the core of how services are delivered. LEAD has been contracted by DCJ to continue to be part the key supporting framework for The Linker Network as it expands and develops collaborative practice forums and working groups.
LEAD would like to acknowledge and observe that today is National Close the Gap Day. We all have a role to play in ‘closing the gap’ to ensure improved long-term outcomes for Aboriginal children, families [...]
This year we are celebrating International Women’s Day, recognising the contribution of women at LEAD and around the world, who are working to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future. #internationalwomensday [...]
On 13th February 2019, I facilitated a meeting for all LEAD staff, including an Aboriginal worker, to discuss a proposed restructure of the organisation. This day, inadvertently, was the anniversary of the National Apology to [...]
Artwork by Chris Tobin, commissioned by LEAD to create an original piece of art that reflects who we are and what we do. Titled “Many Countries, One Water”, the artwork represents the diversity and the connectedness across the communities in which we work. Reproduced with permission and gratitude.
LEAD acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we gather and work on, and the land that you are on while visiting our website. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the cultures and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. A better understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures develops an enriched appreciation for Australia’s cultural heritage and can lead to reconciliation. This is essential to the maturity of Australia as a nation and fundamental to the development of an Australian identity. Understanding and respect are guiding principles of LEAD’s Reconciliation Action Plan.