Milparanga – developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership

Milparanga is a leadership development program, formerly known as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP).

About Milparanga

Milparanga allows Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to engage in powerful and different conversations.

The program aims to support Indigenous Australian leaders to:

  • Grow as an individual
  • Develop their leadership capabilities, including governance and decision making
  • Co-create robust conversations for powerful shifts across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander landscape
  • Broaden their perspectives and act together for the greater good.

2020 Milparanga Flyer

What and how

During the program you will:

  • be exposed to expert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who have been challenging assumptions and shifting approaches in this space for decades
  • engage in robust conversations that will honour your existing skills and knowledge, as well as provoke your thoughts and assumptions
  • engage with mentors/coaches/critical friends for at least a six-month period. The mentors will be part of the facilitation team that will support you through this exciting leadership program.

You will become part of network of leaders who will support each other as you continue to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership.

What does Milparanga involve?

Milparanga is an 11-day, two session program.

You can choose between the below groups and dates for Session 1 which will take place in a regional location.

For Session 2, both groups from Session 1 will come to together in Canberra for the final five-day session and graduation.

Course 7*:

Session 1

  • Option A: regional location from 19-25 February 2020.


  • Option B: regional location from 30 March – 5 April 2020.

Session 2

  • Option A & B: Canberra from 18 – 24 May 2020.

*Above dates are subject to change. Future program dates are yet to be confirmed, email for more information.

How to be part of Milparanga?

You can be part of Milparanga, if you:

  • are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • are 21 years or older
  • have a connection and interest in rural and regional Australia.

Apply for Scholarship or seek your own sponsor

You can choose to:

  • apply for a scholarship funded by the Australian Government (limited number available). Applications are now OPEN and will close 30 November 2019.


  • ask an organisation to sponsor you or pay for your own placement on the program (for more information see Sponsor Milparanga)

Your contribution

Your contribution is $200 plus GST towards program costs and for lifetime membership of the Network of Fellows of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

You may also be responsible for a small component of your travel to and from major transport services.

Milparanga is delivered by us, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. This initiative and scholarships are supported/funded by the Australian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Application form

Please find the link to the Application Form Here

You need to complete our application form online and upload a video to support your application (optional).

For information about what to include in your video, see Upload your video

There are options for people who obtain their own sponsorship/funding to join the program, see Sponsor Milparanga.

Applications are currently OPEN for this program.

More information

For more information call the office on 02 6281 0680, or email


It provides a space where likeminded people can come together to make change in their community. I connected with everybody on the course, I learnt more about myself and I came away with a new family Laura Kingi, graduate 2017.