Australian Rural Leadership Program


The period to get in your application for the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) has been extended until 31 October, 2017.

Unprecedented interest in the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala celebrations means that our team will need additional time to give full consideration to your applications. This is great news for the hundreds of rural leaders who have demonstrated a real interest in the program but have not yet applied.

Applications will officially close 31 October 2017.

What does it involve?

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is a 15-month program which takes place over five sessions, across Australia and Indonesia.

We take over 30 diverse leaders from across rural, regional and remote Australia, on a series of unique experiences to develop their leadership capabilities.

You will undertake five face-to-face sessions in locations across Australia, including the remote Kimberley region in Western Australia and Indonesia. We provide additional development via flexible learning.

You will develop:

  • your personal effectiveness
  • your understanding of ethics, values and social responsibility
  • your leadership thinking
  • your industry, community and regional engagement
  • ongoing diverse relationships for peer support across sectors and regions


You should apply

If you are a leader:

  • from or working for rural, regional and remote Australia
  • with a genuine commitment to the ‘greater good’ of rural, regional and remote Australia.


What does it cost?

Scholarships of $55,000 plus GST are provided by our sponsors.

Your contribution is $5,000 plus GST towards program costs and for lifetime membership of the Network of Fellows.


Key dates

The program commences in July 2018 and finishes in October 2019.

These dates are an indication only and are subject to change.




23 July – 4 August 2018Darwin NT and Kimberley WACommencement of Course 25
10 – 17 November 2018Regional Location in AustraliaTBC
February 2019Case Study SessionApprox. 7 days
May/June 2019Indonesia TripApprox. 14 days
October 2019Canberra, ACTApprox. 7 days





Participants can elect to undertake a Graduate Certificate of Rural Leadership from James Cook University, while participating in the ARLP.


How to sign up

You need to complete our application form online. Applications close on 31 October 2017.

Highlights of the program

Some of the educational highlights include:

  • An experiential component (to build a common, yet novel experience; develop relationships; facilitate problem-solving; take individuals outside their “comfort zone”; facilitate reliance of others as well as self)
  • Real situations (with the group working towards a goal that is of benefit to their organisations, industries and stakeholders more broadly)
  • Critical thinking (builds processes of taking in and assessing information in terms of higher order issues; reflects upon information in terms of diverse interests and needs; sees potential; manages ambiguity and complexity; questions assumptions)


More information

Please contact us for further information on 02 6281 0680 or email


Honestly, there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t draw on something that I learned as a result of the ARLP Lisa Dwyer, ARLF Fellow
Course 19