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Lead in rural, regional & remote Australia

At the ARLF, we envision thriving communities in regional, rural, and remote Australia where people work with one another and the natural environment around them; respectfully, boldly and intuitively. Become a part of it.

Lead rural, regional, and remote Australia to a brighter future

Join the 15-month leadership development course. This course is designed to support individuals who want to respond to regional, rural, and remote Australia’s most complex challenges, as well as the opportunities that arise.

Through challenge-based and experiential learning, you’ll get the opportunity to immerse yourself in these indispensable experiences and networks. The experiences you have here will shape the rest of your career and life.

When can I apply?

During the application period: 30th June – 5th August 2022

How much will it cost?

Program fee AUD 13,750

Network membership and administration fee AUD 220

Places on the AALP can either be funded by agribusiness employers or participants.

When does the program run?

Session 1: 12 – 26 June 2023

Session 2: 17-26 October 2023

Session 3: 14-19 April 2024

Session 4: 3-12 September 2024

Graduation: September 2024
*Session dates are preliminary and may change.

Where is it?

Canberra region and Orange

Who can participate?

Anyone serious about change in rural, regional, and remote Australia.

Each year’s program is tailored to the cohort

The Australian Rural Leadership Program wouldn’t be effective if we delivered the same program every year. The point is that we want to react and adapt to current and relevant problems in our sector. Each year, we take the demographic and objectives of our cohort into consideration, along with the current issues being faced by the sector.

This allows us to build a highly relevant program that gives our participants the chance to learn in this real-world context. You’ll gain adaptive leadership skills that support you in confidently overcoming challenges and acting for the greater good.

What you’ll take away from the program

Innovate and think of new ideas to tackle challenges

Think of current and future challenges. What new ideas or collaborations will empower you to respond to them? Innovation is essential in making change.

Identify challenges and how to overcome them

Look at your sector and community. What obstacles and barriers exist? How might we remove them? You’ll learn to not only identify challenges but overcome them, too.

Wonder more about yourself and the world

Learn to check in and ask yourself the hard questions. Learn about your behaviour and the world you operate in. Wonder leads to awareness and awareness? It leads to great leadership.

Nourish your relationships and connections

How are your relationships and connections established? Do you tend to them? Relationships need to be nourished to thrive, and your connections can define your leadership.

Be persistent in your vision

You have the vision to make change in rural, regional, and remote Australia. So, how will you remain committed? How will you stay committed to your vision through the trial and error stages?

How to apply

Applying for the ARLP is competitive and rigorous. Our program is sponsored by a range of industry sponsors inspired by the work we do. With only 25 to 30 funded places available through these scholarships, we match the applicant receiving the scholarship to a sponsor whose industry or purpose they align with. 

These scholarships are valued at $50,000 per participant. However, participants will still need to pay an ARLF network fee of $5,000AUD (plus GST). You’ll be able to pay this fee off over five instalments throughout the course of the program (15 months).


Become an ARLP sponsor and contribute to the next generation of Aussie leaders.


Apply for a place in the next round of applications for the ARLP. Before you apply, consider why you want to. What impact do you want to make on rural, regional, and remote Australia as a result?

What to expect from the ARLP

The Australian Rural Leadership Program is a big commitment. There’s so much to run through, and we need your time, focus, and commitment to deliver the content in a meaningful way. You’ll need to be able to commit to 15 months of sessions, which will take place across Australia and overseas, should travel restrictions permit. 

We recommend you speak with your family and your employer before you apply. They need to understand exactly the commitment you’re making and be supportive of the time you’ll be investing.

Increase your self-awareness and how you impact others. The program will mostly take place in a remote location. You’ll be challenged on an individual and group level and, as part of this, will receive time for reflection and connection to Country and Traditional Custodians.

Immerse yourself in the challenges facing Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. You and your cohort will explore the treaty for First Nations People in New Zealand as well as the critical leadership responses to natural and human disasters in Christchurch.

You’ll be invited to select an area of your leadership to develop. It’s an immersive, deep dive into a range of areas, including negotiation, mediation, governance, advocacy, design-thinking and systems-thinking.

We’ll take a look at leadership, influence and advocacy at a national level. Taking place in Canberra, this session also covers community resilience and includes a three-day immersion on Country. 

*Session structure subject to change.

You’ll walk away with a fair dinkum network

ARLP Graduates get exclusive access to our diverse, national alumni network of more than 1,800 rural, regional, and remote leaders. Surround yourself with like-minded leaders who are just as dedicated to making a positive impact and facilitating changes in their communities as you are. 

All ARLP Graduates who meet all the program requirements can also request to become an ARLF Fellow. This offers you regular networking opportunities, resulting in better connections and engagement in leadership conversations. The fellowship offers you more chances to connect and work with a professional network of peers across rural, regional and remote Australia.

We’re raising the next generation of Aussie rural leaders

At Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, we’re making change happen. Join us by joining the next round of our Australian Rural Leadership Program.

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