Our Impact

Longitudinal Study

In 2016, the Foundation commissioned Deakin University to undertake a study to determine the impact of its programs on developing individual leadership performance, and how the benefits flowed to workplaces, communities and industries. All ARLF programs were evaluated as part of the study, namely:

  • Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP)
  • TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program
  • Agribusiness Leadership Program
  • Tailored programs.

Research built on previous program evaluations and included a mix of surveys, focus groups and face-to-face interviews with 255 alumni from programs run over the last 25 years. In addition, 29 sponsors shared their perspectives on our alumni’s leadership journey and reflected on the contribution these leaders have made to rural and regional Australia. The research found alumni benefited from their ARLF program over the long term, through:

  • increased levels of self-confidence to lead
  • desire and capacity to initiate and achieve change
  • capacity to mobilise resources and networks to advocate for rural and regional Australia
  • progression into leadership positions where influence can be exercised
  • enacting the principles of values-based leadership.

ARLF Impact Brochure – summary of findings

ARLF Longitudinal Report – full report

Their stories

Our alumni continue to lead rural, regional and remote Australia in a variety of industries and communities. They have one common purpose, working for the greater good of Australia. We continue to share our impact through the leadership stories of our alumni.

Their Stories


The ARLP course has given me so much confidence. I have picked up a lot of skills and tools that have broadened my abilities in how I function and work in my communities Andrew Lui, ARLF Fellow Course 23