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Lyn French: Bringing it Back to the Outback

11 September 2019

Lyn French has transformed regional isolation into an opportunity for increased educational support and luxury outback tourism. After graduating from Course 20 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Lyn has focused her leadership...

Join Our Team

10 September 2019

The ARLF is currently recruiting: Join our wonderful Canberra team to support and enhance the leadership capabilities in rural, regional and remote Australia. Please submit your CV and a cover letter explaining your...

ARLP Course 26 Directory

10 September 2019

We are proud to showcase the participants on Course 26 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. The Directory outlines our participants' backgrounds, their commitment to rural and regional Australia and what they hope...

The Australian Rural leadership Foundation and Scott Morrison Value Closer Ties with Vietnam

23 August 2019

The Australian Rural leadership Foundation (ARLF) will immerse 35 leaders from across rural, regional and remote Australia in Vietnam early next year. These leaders are part of the most in-depth experiential leadership development...

Lisa Dwyer: Never Waste a Crisis

15 August 2019

The dairy and live export industries are two of the most turbulent and highly publicised industries in agriculture today, and Lisa Dwyer is leading the charge in both of them. Graduate of the...

Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program Wrap

14 August 2019

Session One : 27 - 31 July 2019 Nine women leaders of the Torres Strait completed session one of the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program in July. The Program, now in its 6th year...

The ARLP Impact: Unlocking Authenticity and Fuelling Advocacy

8 August 2019

It may have been the lure of large machinery that drew John Durham from his sheep-farming roots into the cotton industry, but it’s a passion for the fibre, the progressive and innovative industry,...

ANNUAL GALA DINNER 2019

6 August 2019

The ARLF Gala Dinner is the premier event on the ARLF calendar. The annual event is a culmination of a week-long focus on regional, rural and remote Australia in Canberra and the theme...

Helen Jenkins – Two Steps Forward, None Going Back

5 August 2019

Nobody else is doing what Helen Jenkins, recent graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, is doing within the seafood industry. Having worked in the seafood field for over 30 years, Helen is...

“It’s a Gift”: Wool Industry Leader on the ARLP

1 August 2019

Bookham farmer, David Young, is at the tail-end of his incredible experience with Course 25 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), sponsored by the Australian Wool Innovation. Here, he reflects on how...

A Grains Leader’s Inclusive Approach to Sustained Change

16 July 2019

David Jochinke may be used to a high-pressure role as president of the Victorian Farmers Federation, but his first leadership role model was entirely grass-roots: his grandfather. Since taking part in Course 18...

Supporting Our Alumni Founded Charity

12 July 2019

This year for our Gala Event, we've decided to do things a little different - we've partnered with @Humanitix, the first not-for-profit ticketing platform.  Profits from all booking fees will be donated to @Yalari as our...

Scholarship Opportunity for Agriculture Leaders

12 July 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce The John B. Foundation Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship. The Scholarship has been established for a leader in the agriculture sector to develop themselves and...

Ingrain in the Grains: Caroline Rhodes

11 July 2019

Only 14 months as CEO of Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA) and Caroline Rhodes is fuelling the industry with leadership initiatives to enhance productivity and sustainability. A chief advocate for enabling people to...

Safeguarding the Australian Pork Industry with Proactive Leadership

4 July 2019

In a global industry, already crippled by the effects of African Swine Fever in China, Rhys Collins, Executive General Manager at SunPork Fresh Foods, has big plans to ensure the sustainability and value...

Ekka Alumni Luncheon 2019

17 June 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation welcomes you to lunch at The Ekka! We are proud to showcase an experienced panel of leaders – all graduates of an ARLF program. This is the perfect...

Media Release – ARLP Course 26

7 June 2019

Thirty-five people from across rural, regional and remote Australia have been selected to partake in Course 26 of the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian...

Launch of the New ‘Leadership for our Regions’ Program

6 June 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in collaboration with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is proud to announce the inaugural ‘Leadership For Our Regions’ program. The first in this pilot series funded by...

Prizing the People Behind the Process

14 May 2019

Red meat industry leader Melissa Fletcher grew up ‘taking the lead’ for herself; pursuing exactly what she wanted to learn and do. Now, she leads for others, working hard to instill pride and...

A liberated leader: Catherine Marriott

15 April 2019

From confident cattle industry leader, to so much more, Catherine Marriott reflects on what she has learned since taking part in course 17 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and how the challenges...

Knowing Your Purpose To Choose Your Path

9 April 2019

Professor Jacinta Elston took part in Course 20 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) almost five years ago, but it sowed seeds that have led her to say ‘yes’ to one of...

Leading for Climate Action

9 April 2019

From Young Farmer of the Year in 2015, to a participant on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Rice Growers’ Association – Emerging Leaders Program in 2018, Anika Molesworth has her sights unwaveringly set...

ARLF Luncheon

8 April 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation welcomes you to lunch at The Ekka! We are proud to present an experienced panel of ARLF leaders. This is a perfect opportunity to engage with ARLF Alumni,...

Join Our Team – Business Support Officer

1 April 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is seeking a full time Business Support Officer to join our team based in Canberra. This is a great opportunity to join a growing organisation committed to making...

International Women’s Day 2019 – #BalanceforBetter

6 March 2019

At the Foundation we are celebrating International Women's Day 2019 by reflecting on what #BalanceforBetter means to us. Matt Linnegar - Chief Executive As a son, brother, husband and father, I have a...

Torres Strait young leaders take on Canberra

25 February 2019

Eight individuals from the Torres Strait graduated from the Torres Strait Young Leaders’ Program in Canberra on Tuesday 19 February 2019. The program is a collaboration between the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and...

Australian Rural Leadership Program in Tasmania

24 February 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 25 undertook their third session of the program in Tasmania on 9–15 February 2019. Immersing leaders within the complexities, opportunities and conversations of local leaders provided...

Congratulations to Alumni and former Board Members honoured

30 January 2019

We are privileged to have to so many Alumni and Board Members doing amazing work across rural, regional and remote Australia. We would like to offer a warm congratulations to our Alumni and...

2019 Key dates

18 December 2018

Below are some key dates for 2019 for our programs and events. Dates and locations can be subject to change. If you are part of our alumni, a supporter or a sponsor and...

Our alumni and impact continues to grow

12 December 2018

We have had a busy year with 12 programs being delivered and graduating. In 2018, our alumni grew to 1,412. These leaders are working for the greater good of rural, regional and remote...

Course 25 convenes in Toowoomba for second session

30 November 2018

Leaders from all over Australia convened in Toowoomba for their second session of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 25 from 17 - 23 November 2018. This was the first time the...

Women leading the Torres Strait

30 October 2018

Eight female leaders from the Torres Strait recently graduated in the company of their friends, families and other guests on Thursday Island. The women celebrated the completion of the three session program with...

An amazing evening celebrating leadership in rural, regional and remote Australia

24 October 2018

We would like to thank all our sponsors, alumni, partner organisations and supporters for attending the ARLF Gala Dinner in Canberra on Thursday 18 October. It was a memorable night filled with of...

Congratulations to Course 24 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program

24 October 2018

Last week Course 24 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) undertook their final session and graduated at a ceremony on Thursday 18 October in Canberra. The 33 Australian leaders came from diverse...

Apply for Milparanga 2019 – developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership

22 October 2018

Applications are currently open for Milparanga, formerly known as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP). The program develops and prepares Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to engage in...

Ag leaders graduate from National Farmers’ Federation 2030 Leaders Program

17 October 2018

Last night eight leaders graduated from the first National Farmers’ Federation 2030 Leaders Program in Canberra. The graduates came from all around Australia to take part in the leadership development program which was...

Thirteen leaders graduate from TRAIL: emerging leaders program

16 October 2018

Thirteen leaders from rural, regional and remote Australia graduated from the TRAIL: emerging leaders program in Canberra last night. The eight-day program held in Canberra and surrounds provided many challenging opportunities for this...

San Remo provides unique experiences for emerging Ag leaders

9 October 2018

Last month, 12 emerging leaders from across Australia travelled to San Remo on the Central Coast to participate in the Rimfire – Introduction to Leadership Program, facilitated by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation...

Thirty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders graduate from Milparanga 2018

23 September 2018

Thirty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders graduated from the Milparanga leadership program in Canberra on 20 September 2018. Milparanga is a leadership development program, formerly known as the National Aboriginal and Torres...

National Farmers’ Federation 2030 Leaders Program

10 September 2018

Last week we delivered the first session of the National Farmers' Federation 2030 Leaders Program in Canberra. Eight participants from around Australia delved into a week of engaging activities to develop leadership capability...

Hannah Wandel and Leigh Radford to Co-host ARLF Gala Dinner

10 September 2018

THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2018 - National Museum of Australia - Lawson Cres - Canberra In what is shaping up to be an immense week of all things regional, rural and remote in Canberra,...

One month to go! Applications for the Australian Rural Leadership Program close 30 September 2018

30 August 2018

Applications for Course 26 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) close on 30 September 2018, leaving you only one month left to submit your application. The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development...

Course 25 kicks off in the Kimberely

20 August 2018

Thirty Australian leaders from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds undertook their first session of the iconic program from 23 July to 4 August 2018. The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is a 15-month...

Women leading in the Torres Strait

31 July 2018

Eight women from across the Torres Strait commenced the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program 2018 on Sunday 29 July. This is the fifth year of the program which develops the participant’s capacity for...

Applications open for $55,000 scholarship for rural leadership development program

23 July 2018

Applications for Course 26 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) open today announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program that...

Leaders graduate from Agribusiness Leadership Program 2018

2 July 2018

Last week 18 leaders graduated from the Agribusiness Leadership Program 2018 at a celebration dinner with their sponsors in Sydney on Friday 29 June 2018. The graduates were sponsored by 11 different agribusiness...

First Alumni Scholarship Awarded

4 June 2018

This year we awarded the first ever Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Alumni Scholarship to Yola Bakker from Tom Price, WA. From performing arts to real estate, the consular corps to environmental impact,...

Australian leaders travel to Indonesia for cross-cultural leadership experience

30 May 2018

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 24 travelled to Indonesia in May 2018 for a 16 day cross-cultural experience to: further develop their leadership capacity build on their self-awareness expand their understanding...

Rural, regional and remote Australians receive $55,000 scholarship for leadership development program

14 May 2018

Thirty-one people from across rural, regional and remote Australia have been selected to be part of Course 25 of the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the...

Seventeen leaders graduated from TRAIL: emerging leaders program

6 May 2018

Seventeen leaders from throughout Australia graduated from the TRAIL: emerging leaders program in Canberra on Friday 4 May 2018. The eight-day program held in Canberra and surrounds provided many challenging opportunities for this...

Applications open for Milparanga, developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership

10 April 2018

Applications are currently open for Milparanga, a leadership development program formerly known as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP). The program develops and prepares Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander...

First session of the Agribusiness Leadership Program 2018

30 March 2018

Eighteen agribusiness leaders from across Australia and Indonesia travelled to Victoria earlier this month to commence the first session of the Agribusiness Leadership Program. The focus of this session was about creating a...

Regional Dialogues

21 March 2018

You are invited to an interactive and facilitated discussion investigating what regional leaders can do to create change in their specific 'regional centre', and discuss what support is needed to make this happen....

For Our Future – Forest Industry Leadership Program

15 March 2018

Last week, forestry leaders convened in Margaret River, WA for the first For Our Future – Forest Industry Leadership Program. Leaders from all aspects of the industry, including wood growing and harvesting, wood...

International Women’s Day 2018 – Sharing stories

8 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day 2018 we are sharing stories from our amazing alumni. Profile of Lorraine Gordon – Building a legacy   Q&A with Barbara Nattabi Q&A with Dionne Walsh Q&A with...

Leaders meet in Far North Queensland

12 February 2018

This week, over 30 diverse leaders from rural, regional and remote parts of Australia will converge in Far North Queensland to develop their capabilities as part of the 15-month Australian Rural Leadership Program...

ARLF Fellow launches new book – Slow Clothing

7 February 2018

Dressing is an agricultural act, if you want to wear natural fibres Two icons of Australian agriculture – the natural fibre industries and Fairfax Agricultural Media – were central to the recent launch...

Leaders meet in Toowoomba and Brisbane

22 November 2017

Last week 33 leaders from all over Australia convened in Toowoomba and Brisbane for their second session of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 24. This was the first time the group...

First Alumni Scholarship for Australian Rural Leadership Program

16 November 2017

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation announced at Government House in Canberra today, that the first ever Alumni Scholarship will be bestowed in 2018. The announcement was made at an afternoon celebration with Australia’s...

Leaders graduate from the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program

16 November 2017

Ten women leaders graduated from the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program on Wednesday 8 November on Thursday Island, Queensland. The program took place over three sessions, with the first session based in the...

A night to remember – 25th Anniversary Celebrations

25 October 2017

Last week we held our 25th Anniversary Celebrations in Canberra.  These celebrations provided us with an opportunity to reflect on past achievements, acknowledge outstanding contributions and celebrate the ongoing impact of the organisation....

Women leaders from the Torres Strait visit state and national leaders

24 October 2017

Last week, the second session of the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program was held in Brisbane and Canberra. Ten women leaders from the Torres Strait met with politicians and other community leaders to...

Course 23 graduates from Australian Rural Leadership Program

24 October 2017

Last week the final session of Course 23 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) was held in Canberra. The main focus of the session was on the theory and practice of advocacy...

25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

20 October 2017

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation celebrates 25 years of developing leaders for rural, regional and remote at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra today. The occasion will be celebrated at the Australian...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders arrive in Canberra for inspiring program

11 September 2017

Twenty-Four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia will undertake their final session and graduate from the inspiring National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP) in Canberra this week....

Elders commits as Major Partner for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

29 August 2017

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is excited to announce that Elders is the Major Partner for its 25th Anniversary Celebration on 20 October 2017 in Canberra. “As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on...

Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program commences

23 August 2017

Ten women leaders from the Torres Strait commenced the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program on Monday 21 August 2017. This program is specifically for Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal women in the Torres...

The fourth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program commences

22 August 2017

The fourth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP) commenced this week in Darwin, NT. Seventeen participants travelled from all over Australia to be part of the fourth program being delivered...

Applications open for Australian Rural Leadership Program Course 25

11 August 2017

Applications are currently open for Australia’s iconic and challenging leadership development program announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. “We are currently looking for leaders from rural, regional and...

Leaders meet in Darwin to commence iconic leadership program

25 July 2017

Thirty-three Australian leaders from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds arrived in Darwin yesterday to commence the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 24. These rural, regional and remote leaders are immersed in a...

25th Anniversary Celebrations

3 July 2017

Join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2017 National Museum of Australia - Lawson Cres, Acton - Canberra   Morning - ARLP Course 23 graduation ceremony, including John Allwright Memorial...

Agribusiness leaders graduate 2017

16 June 2017

Sixteen leaders graduated from the second Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program last week in Sydney. The leaders came from different organisations and locations to collectively develop themselves as leaders, develop relationships and collaborate with...

Leaders graduate from National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program

23 May 2017

Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders graduated in Dubbo on 11 May from the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program (NATSILP). Participants travelled from all over Australia to be part...

Australians travel to Indonesia as part of leadership program

15 May 2017

Thirty-six leaders from throughout rural, regional and remote Australia arrived in Indonesia on 13 May 2017, to spend two weeks experiencing Java and Sumatra from a leadership development perspective. The trip is part...

Diverse leaders chosen for iconic leadership program

10 May 2017

Thirty-three leaders from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds have been selected to undertake the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. The ARLP...

Twelve emerging rural leaders graduate from TRAIL program

10 May 2017

Twelve emerging leaders from throughout Australia graduated from the Training Rural Australians In Leadership (TRAIL) program in Canberra on Tuesday 2 May. TRAIL is an eight-day cross-sector leadership program delivered by the Australian...

Agribusiness Leaders Program 2017

7 April 2017

Sixteen agribusiness leaders from across Australia travelled to Melbourne to commence the first of three sessions of the Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program (AALP). The focus of this session was: Self and Others; Perceptions...

New Patrons to promote rural, regional and remote leadership

27 February 2017

Mr Tim Fairfax AC, Professor Colleen Hayward AM and Mr Andrew Robb AO, have agreed to become Patrons of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF). ARLF Chairman, Michael Carroll, welcomed the new Patrons,...

Rural leaders visit northeast Victoria

17 February 2017

This week the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 23, travelled from all over Australia to convene in northeast Victoria as part of the Case Study component of the program. They delved into...

Regional Australia leaders meet in Melbourne

22 November 2016

Thirty-one leaders from rural, regional and remote Australia have gathered in Melbourne this week to enhance their leadership skills and build networks. Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) Chief Executive, Matt Linnegar, said this...

New Patron announced at Annual General Meeting

17 November 2016

Australia's Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) has agreed to become the Patron-in-Chief of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF). ARLF Chairman, Michael Carroll, welcomed the support...

Ten Torres Strait women graduate from leadership program

17 October 2016

Ten women leaders of the Torres Strait completed their third and final session of the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program in Canberra last week. This program is specifically for Torres Strait Islander and...

ARLP Course 22 graduate in Perth

4 October 2016

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 22 graduated in Perth on 22 September at the Foundation’s Gala Dinner. The evening commenced with an ARLP past-participant panel discussion facilitated by Leigh Radford from...

23rd cohort of leaders commences in the Kimberley

15 August 2016

A brand new cohort of established leaders are heading for the remote Kimberley region to commence the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). This is the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s iconic, national leadership development...

Agribusiness Leadership Program makes an impact

27 June 2016

Fifteen leaders from 11 agribusiness organisations have graduated from the Foundation’s inaugural Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program. This highly engaged cohort of agribusiness leaders from around Australia experienced their final program session from 20-24...

Rice industry hones leaders

26 June 2016

The 2016 Rice Industry Leadership Program, which the Foundation delivers for the Ricegrowers Association of Australia, wrapped up in the NSW Riverina last week. Participants spent time exploring diverse businesses and leadership challenges...

C22 embrace Indonesia study tour

13 June 2016

The 22nd cohort of the Australian Rural Leadership Program saw 25 regional leaders from around Australia travel to Indonesia. Over two weeks, the group explored three main regions - Jakarta, Lampung and Bandung. The...

Well-rounded Riverina Case study for C22

23 February 2016

The fourth session of the 17-month Australian Rural Leadership Program, Course 22 took place across the New South Wales Western Riverina region from 13-19 February 2016. The focus for this session of the...