PFLP is a four-component modular leadership programme, for 125 current and emerging leaders in the Pacific fisheries sector. It recruits participants across the Pacific.

Components include:

  • Leadership for Effectiveness, participants will be given the opportunity to gain accreditation in two award courses delivered by UQ. The 3 weeks course were conducted and delivered in Fiji in 2019 and 2020 for two cohorts. From July 2020, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, it is envisaged that the next three cohorts of Leadership for Effectiveness will be delivered virtually. It will include two online coursework and facilitated workshops over a 8-week period each, focusing on Leading and Managing People, and Inclusive Strategic Leadership, and an option to get one or two course credits towards selected University of Queensland (UQ) Business School postgraduate programs, all items of assessment for each area of coursework must be satisfactorily completed.
  • Leadership for Change, demonstrated capacity to lead a significant initiative, change or reform. This course consist of two modules and is delivered by consortium partner CLA.  The course has been delivered face-to-face for one cohort in 2019. From July 2020, due to travel restrictions with COVID-19, it is envisaged that further cohorts of Leadership for Change will be delivered virtually; including two 8-week online coursework and facilitated workshops.
  • Leadership Experience - student placement opportunities in areas and which are relevant to practical leadership challenges faced by the participants which will also provide opportunities to observe different leadership styles. Participants who participate in the student placement opportunities will not be paid during such student placement; 
  • Coaching - individualized to support each participant with leadership challenges they face.
    PFLP will last 5 years and will take up to two years for Participants to complete all modules if they seek to do so.  Many participants may choose to simply complete a single module if they wish.

To increase economic and food security benefits from well-managed and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific through improved regional cooperation by confidently applying management and leadership skills and knowledge.

You are if you meet the following programme criteria:

  1. You are a current senior manager or upcoming middle level manager within SPC Member States national fisheries administration/authority or a Pacific fisheries regional agency or NGO.
  2. Participants should have sufficiently fluent English to read, write and converse at post-graduate level.
  3. You have a minimum education of a two-year diploma or equivalent.
  4. You have been employed in the fisheries (or relevant) sector in a senior or middle management level.
  5. You have the support of your Fisheries Director, Permanent Secretary, Minister or Secretary/Director Foreign Affairs.
  6. You are able to demonstrate through your application how you expect PFLP will assist you to be more effective in your responsibilities and in leading change relevant to national fisheries priorities.
  7. To join the next cohorts of Leadership for Effectiveness, you must be available to attend the two eight-week period online coursework and facilitated workshops, and commit to completing workplace projects, online learning and coaching for a period of six months or more following the workshop.

Once selected, if you are eligible, you can opt to enrol in one or two course credits towards selected UQ Business school postgraduate programs. More details can be provided.

Express your interest to your Director / Permanent Secretary and complete any national internal application processes. If you are successful at the end of this process, then complete the application form and ensure the senior leadership of your agency or organisation endorses your application by completing the relevant portions of the application form.


There is no set number limiting applications per country as Directors will need to balance out of office time for virtual workshops and online coursework participants.

However, there are only a maximum of 25 places available per cohort, so the selection committee will consider a mix of gender, current and emerging leaders, national priorities as communicated by Directors and the recommendation or support for applicants.

Applications are usually open for a period of 4 weeks. It takes an additional week to the selection panel to assess applications and advise successful applicants.