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Emerging leaders

Chemistry Australia and its Board have established a new program for members – the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council (ELAC) – to support the development of future leaders and foster greater diversity in the Australian chemistry industry.

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Ever wondered how chemistry makes our lives better?  Hear from our industry’s inaugural Emerging Leaders on the important issues facing the Australian chemistry sector and their hopes and ambitions for the future in three new videos.


Apply now

Applications for the 2024 intake for the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council are now open. 

Corporate members are invited to nominate a person from their team or send in their nomination at this link.  We encourage all Corporate members to consider nominating an emerging leader in your organisation or apply to take part in this fantastic program.

About ELAC

The Emerging Leaders Advisory Council or ELAC is a 2-year program developed by Chemistry Australia with support from the Board.

Chemistry Australia and the Board created the professional development program for Chemistry Australia member companies to invest in the future leaders of the Australian chemistry industry and ensure there was a pathway to support cognitive diversity into the Board and within the industry.

ELAC’s unique role is to advise the Chemistry Australia Board on future strategic opportunities and risks, strategies, and initiatives that are important to the growth and sustainability of the industry.

Chemistry Australia selected its first cohort of 18 future leaders from its membership in late 2021. Since then, ELAC has met regularly to consider disruption and the conditions impacting our sector.

During their time on the Council, members have received professional development in strategy and conditions analysis along with governance and presentation skills. Other activities include learning about government in Australia, and discussion of critical issues such as climate, circular economy and the future of renewable energy.

Participants in ELAC have built valuable networks across the industry and with industry stakeholders and have contributed their voices to the development of Chemistry Australia’s latest strategic plan and related projects.

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Chemistry Australia Leadership Institute

The Chemistry Australia Leadership Institute (CALI) provides formal training to participants to develop the skills they need for their ELAC duties and prepare them for the professional opportunities offered by the program.

The CALI provides professional development and guidance in areas including:

  • Building an understanding of the industry, its relationship with government and the process of policy advocacyCALI rgb web
  • Strategic thinking and responding to disruption
  • Governance skills and reporting to a Board
  • Presentation skills
  • Leadership skills

Get involved

If you would like to learn more about ELAC, please contact Chemistry Australia on .

Become a member of Chemistry Australia

  • Membership of Chemistry Australia signals your commitment to the industry and ensures your organisation can play an active role in shaping the future for Australia’s chemistry sector.
    By working together, we can have a stronger voice to prosecute the key challenges facing our industry and advance chemistry as a critical enabler of a safer, more sustainable future for Australia and the broader community.

    Chemistry Australia Chair, David Hawkins

    • Effective and more influential industry advocacy to complement your business’ strategic objectives
    • Opportunities to influence the industry’s position on key policy and regulatory matters
    • Timely industry intelligence, analysis, and services to help inform your business decisions
    • Tailored tools and resources to save your organisation time, effort and money
  • We offer membership packages tailored to best meet the needs of businesses in, and associated with, the Australian chemistry industry:
    Corporate membership for businesses that manufacture chemical products, import, store, handle and/or distribute chemical and plastic products, convert plastics, or are involved in research, technology and education.
    Affiliate membership for organisations that represent a sector of the industry in Australia and internationally.
    Partner membership for organisations that provide services, equipment and professional development to the industry.
    Associate membership for SMEs and organisations in the chemistry industry value chain. 

  • All membership enquiries are welcome.
    Please contact Chemistry Australia on 03 9611 5400 or email .
    We look forward to working with you.