Applications are now open for the ABC Heywire’s Trailblazers program, which showcases the stories of regional Australia’s brightest new leaders.
Trailblazers is an opportunity for people, aged 18 – 28, who are implementing positive change in their region, to have their work celebrated nationally.

Successful applicants will have their story told on the ABC and also attend a Trailblazer Lab in Canberra next February.

The five-day lab aims to empower young, regional leaders and to give them an opportunity to share their stories and build their leadership capacity.

The ABC and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Cities partner on Trailblazers, coming together to support and champion regional young people.

Acting Director of Regional & Local, Judith Whelan said the Trailblazers program celebrated young people who were making a difference in their communities.

“We want to tell the stories of Australia’s future leaders,” she said. “These are the people who will be shaping the nation’s conversations in years to come.”

Who can apply to be a Trailblazer?

Individuals and groups of up to three, aged 18-28, who are initiating projects that create positive change in their communities. From young community leaders to social entrepreneurs, advocates to event organisers, we’re looking for young people with a commitment to making regional Australia even better.

What do Trailblazers receive?
• A trip to the Trailblazers Lab in Canberra in February 2020
• Their story told on ABC platforms
• Extensive networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities

Applications close Friday 5 July, 2019. You can find more information at

Trailblazers is run by the ABC’s Heywire regional youth program in partnership with the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Cities, with additional support from the Department of Education and Training.