The National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative - NEeLI

Supporting leadership excellence across all facets of the education sector

The National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI) has evolved from the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI) as a vehicle to bring high quality leadership education to a broader mix of leaders in the education sector. Initially created to cater exclusively to leaders in higher education, NEELI is now broadening its scope to include leaders from a range of organisations throughout the vocational education and training sector.

In an extension to the original methodologies used to create highly successful programs for school leaders, NEELI programs also combine the very best leadership pedagogy from the corporate sector with an informed understanding of the challenges faced by today’s educational leaders. Utilising the latest developments in online and blended learning technologies, NEELI programs marry the best of connected dialogic learning with easy to use and highly accessible online environments.

Both NESLI and NEELI are collaborative arrangements bringing together an impressive group of stakeholders with a common commitment around developing exceptional learning organisations through exceptional leadership.

Through the provision of global best practice in leadership development, both NESLI and NEELI target the immediate need to equip Australian and New Zealand educators – across all divides – with the skills, knowledge and confidence to overcome the complex leadership challenges in today’s learning environments.

In conjunction with many of Australia and NZ's most respected educational institutions, NESLI and NEELI are creating a new national standard in educational leadership. Over the coming months, NEELI will provide a range of programs designed to cater to varying levels of leadership and management. NEELI’s current program offerings include:

For the Vocational Education and Training Sector

  • The VET Sector Leadership Colloquium
  • The Advanced Leadership Program
  • The Women’s Leadership Journey

For the higher education sector


NEELI is also able to provide customised in-house programs for senior/executive leadership teams through to junior managers and multi-level management teams. 

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Office of the National Director
National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative, NESLI
Level 3, 607 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia


Phone: 1300 938 470

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