PACE Leadership Program

Our innovative PACE leadership program builds migrant women’s capacity to Participate, Advocate, Communicate and Engage.

PACE Leadership Program

What is the PACE Leadership program?

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health runs a leadership program for migrant and refugee women, called PACE: Participate, Advocate, Communicate and Engage.

The program aims to build migrant and refugee women’s capacity to:

  • Participate in the workforce, civic and community life
  • Advocate on issues that concern you to make a positive change
  • Communicate leadership qualities and skills, and
  • Engage with issues and others in the community for the purposes of providing ongoing support to other migrant and refugee women

PACE Leadership is supported by the Victorian Government.

a group of women from different backgrounds standing together in celebration

Who is this program for?

This program is for any migrant and refugee women living in Victoria who:

  • have lived in Australia for less than five years or are looking for work or re-entering workforce.
  • want to improve their communication skills.
  • want to gain confidence.
  • want to participate in community or engage with social issues.

Participants do not need any prior knowledge to attend the PACE program. However, a basic level of English is required.

Upcoming event

On Thursday 5 May 2022 we will be hosting a networking event for migrant and refugee women in Victoria.

‘Setting the PACE’ will be opened by the Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring our very own PACE (Participate, Advocate, Communicate, Engage) Leadership participants.

Event details

Date: 5 May 2022
Time: 11am – 1pm
Venue: Treetops, Melbourne Museum

Register here.

Upcoming training

FAST PACE single sessions

Our 1.5 hour FAST PACE single sessions are a fun and fast way to learn about leadership using PACE (Participate, Advocate, Communicate and Engage) principles.

Perfect for people who can’t attend the full program, or want to try our program before registering.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Thursday 28 April 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm via Zoom. Book here.

5-day program

Our full program is an interactive course that can develop your skills in communication, public speaking, setting goals, migrant women’s issues and workplace skills. Using our PACE principles (Participate, Advocate, Communicate and Engage), our five-day program will build your confidence to be leaders in your personal life, community or workplace.

All participants who complete the 5-day program will receive a certificate.

Update: We currently do not have any upcoming programs. To join our waitlist, please contact We will contact you when there are sessions available. 

Where is the training?

All sessions will be delivered on Zoom. If you need support using Zoom, email us at

How long is the training?

Our FAST PACE workshop runs for 1.5 hour.

Each session of our 5-day program runs for 2 hours (total 10 hours).

What makes PACE training different?

PACE is based on best practice and evidence

The PACE Program is based on national and international best practice recommendations for women’s leadership programming.

PACE takes an intersectional approach

The program focuses on both individual and structural issues related to gender equality. It aims to build migrant and refugee women’s personal and community-level skills.

PACE is designed to meet women on their own terms

The PACE program delivers workshops in local areas and at a time that suits migrant women. During the pandemic, MCWH supports participants to access the program online.

PACE recognises many forms of leadership

This program acknowledges that leadership can take many different forms. It supports women to recognise and embrace leadership in ways that build on their existing strengths.