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Bankwest Foundation / AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education - Design Thinking short course (WA) - 2019



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.




Scholarship 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 "ExperienceInnovation" 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.



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.


Important Dates:

Applications open Wednesday 3 April 2019
Applications close Friday 3 May 2019
Scholarship awarded by Thursday 30 May 2019
Course date by Thursday 20 June 2019 

Please reserve important dates in your calendar.


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
  • fulfill 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



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.

Need help completing your online application? Download instructions for Creating a Profile Page and Making an Application.

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



About the Bankwest Foundation

The Bankwest Foundation was established in 2013 with a mission to improve the well-being of Australians by enabling the implementation of significant and meaningful community initiatives in Western Australia and nationally. In September 2014, Bankwest launched their partnership with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, which provides ongoing support and educational opportunities to not-for-profit sector workers living and working in Western Australia.


About AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education

The AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education joint venture brings the best of both worlds to the professional development of senior individuals and teams within your organisation. Western Australia’s most prestigious university, combined with the state’s leading leadership and management thought leader and training provider, form a powerful combination. The academic research rigor of UWA compliments the practical, performance focus of the AIM WA. Both organisations strive to empower individual and organisational development and performance.

Selection Criteria
The Scholarship is awarded jointly by ASF, AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education and the Bankwest Foundation to applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents employed by a charitable not-for-profit organisation and whose completion of the program would, in ASF's view, benefit their employing NFP organisation. Selection is based on the applicant meeting AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education's entry requirements for the nominated program and written endorsement from the respective charitable organisation. Applicants must also be living and working in Western Australia to be eligible for this scholarship.
Closing Date : 03/05/2019
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Subject Area : Community Leadership Leadership & Management Personal Development
Course Type : Short Course
Location : WA