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It’s our 30-year anniversary

In 2022, we’re celebrating 30 years of leadership investment and development in rural, regional, and remote communities. Join us as we reflect on past achievements, acknowledge outstanding contributions and celebrate the ongoing impact of our alumni, partners and organisation.

Celebrate with us…

Join the gala dinner

Surveying all of our alumni, we are producing a celebratory 30-year impact report.


Revive your leadership

Challenge and rejuvenate your leadership practice with this 3.5-day retreat for alumni.


afternoon tea At Government house

We will be joining the Governor General for a birthday afternoon tea. This is an invite-only function.

Learn about our impact

Surveying all of our alumni, we are producing a celebratory 30-year impact report.


Share (Y)Our stories

Telling stories of our 30 years across our social media channels between August and October themed ’30 years 30 yarns’.


Join our gala dinner

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 from 6.45 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Early bird tickets $220 | Standard ticket $240

This dinner aims to bring together all those connected to the ARLF over the last 30 years. our alumni, our partners and sponsors, our staff (current and past), and the board to reflect on our achievements, acknowledge outstanding contributions and celebrate the ongoing impact of the organisation.



The evening will start with a smoking ceremony outside the National Museum (weather permitting) for canopies and pre-dinner drinks, before moving indoors for dinner and official presentations. Plus – there’ll be a chance for a dance later in the evening. 


MC Gabriella Chan

Gabrielle Chan is the rural and regional editor of Guardian Australia, who moved from the city to a sheep and wheat farm in 1996 and noticed the gap between parliament and small-town life. She is the author of Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up (2018), short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Prize and the Walkleys Book Award. Her latest book is Why You Should Give a F**k About Farming, released in 2021, examines how farmers find themselves at the intersection of the world’s existential threats including climate change, geopolitical tensions, soil loss, water shortages and food security and why every eater has a stake in their future.


Keynote speaker Shane Fitzsimmons AO AFSM

Shane was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW from 1 May 2020. This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years, serving as both a volunteer and salaried member. He is currently the chair of the State Emergency Management Committee, the State Recovery Committee, Board of Commissioners, the National Emergency Medal Committee and the NSW Connectivity Innovation Network. Shane has also been a Director on the Board of the NSW Government Telecommunications Authority since 2012.

Revive your leadership

Thursday, 27 October to Sunday 30 October 2022 at Cuppacumbalong, Tharwa, ACT

Program only $2,400 | Program and Gala $2,570

Ground yourself – challenge and rejuvenate your leadership practice with this 3.5-day retreat for alumni seeking to re-connect, take stock, and draw on their own wisdom and that of others through reflective and immersive activity. Follows the gala dinner.

Note: A non-refundable $500 deposit needs to be received to confirm your interest in REVIVE by Friday 26 August. We need to reach minimum numbers for this program to proceed. So if you’re interested, make sure you register to secure your place.

Thank you to our sponsors

Our 30-year anniversary celebrations wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

Contact us

For more information, please reach out to our Alumni Engagement Manager Julia Strang via email or this form.