Bankwest Foundation Community Leader Scholarship Program 

AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education – Design Thinking short course (WA intake) – 2019 

The Bankwest Foundation and the AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education support the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations by partnering with us to offer up to ten 100% scholarships for those living in WA and working for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to attend the Design Thinking short course in June 2019. 


Program overview

Design Thinking is a contemporary and innovative approach to devising strategy and managing change. This masterclass will lead you through the design thinking process and explore how human-centred design can help develop innovative solutions, through the use of creative tools to address the complex challenges faced by the public, private, co-operative and mutual, and not-for-profit sectors. 

The program is centred on an exclusive “Experience Innovation” simulation, which steps participants through the design thinking concepts and process. Together with current Harvard case studies, the Design Thinking masterclass invites participants to explore their own organisational challenges focusing on their “Burning Platforms” and accelerate innovation to cultivate effective solutions. 

The presenters on this program are the first in Western Australia to be accredited in this approach, having completed the prestigious “ExperienceInnovation” and IDEO methods of Design Thinking.  

Learning outcomes

  • Explore what design is and how design thinking can be used to solve business challenges 
  • Understand how to apply design thinking principles within your own organisation to tackle complex strategic challenges and drive innovation 
  • Learn Design Thinking observation techniques to better understand your stakeholder’s mindset; your stakeholder’s unmet needs; and the context relevant for your own organisation 
  • Moving ideas into action through the practice of ideating and rapid prototyping 
  • Sharpen your observations skills through taking part in the unique ‘Design Thinker’ Simulation. 

Who will benefit?

The program is designed for those in senior leadership roles who are involved in the development of policy and strategy. The program will promote Design Thinking as an approach for leaders to become more agile and adaptive to deal with increasing uncertainty, complexity and change. 

Course details

Duration: 1 day 

Date: Thursday 20 June, 2019 

Time: 9am – 5pm AWST 

Location: AIM WA Floreat – 76 Birkdale Street, Floreat WA 6014 

Scholarship inclusions

There is 10x 100% scholarships available to those living in WA and working for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia. The scholarships are valued at $1,650 each and cover all associated course fees. 

The successful candidate (or their supporting NFP organisation) will be required to cover travel and/or accommodation (if necessary) to attend the course in Perth. 

Scholarship timeline

3 April 2020Applications open
3 May 2020 at 5pm AESTApplications close
30 May 2020All scholarship applicants are notified of the selection outcomes
20 June 2020Course date

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must: 

  • live in WA and work for a charitable not-for-profit organisation based in Western Australia 
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident 
  • fulfil ASF’s general eligibility requirements available on our FAQ’s page 
  • hold a senior management or leadership role within their organisation 

Your employing organisation must: 

  • be an ACNC registered charity or NFP incorporated association 
  • provide a program or service that supports people living in Western Australia 
  • not support activities that could be considered discriminatory, political, or religious advocacy or activism in any way 

Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply. 

Scholar surveys

All applicants (regardless of the outcome of their application) may be asked to complete a series of surveys about their expected and realised learnings (once before and on a few occasions after the course). Your survey responses will help us to quantify the impact of our scholarships and will help attract funding for education and training for the NFP sector in the future. Your feedback is extremely valuable to the work we do and by completing these surveys you’ll be making an important contribution to the future of ASF and the NFP sector overall. 

More information

For more information about the program, click here. For program queries, please contact AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education directly. If you need assistance with the scholarship application process, please contact ASF via [email protected].  

Application process

To apply, simply click ‘APPLY NOW‘ and follow the prompts to create (or log into) your profile page, upload an endorsement letter and complete an online scholarship application. 

Applications for Design Thinking closed Friday 3 May, 2019 at 5pm AWST.