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Applications open for scholarships on Milparanga Leadership program

28 November 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders seeking to deepen their leadership skills and influence positive change are encouraged to apply for the Milparanga Established Leadership program, now open.

Delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, the program aims to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia in a culturally safe place to engage in conversations and projects that explore collaboration and build leadership capability.

They will visit diverse locations and culturally significant sites, hear stories from Indigenous leaders and participate in challenging outdoor activities as part of the experiential learning.

Backed with increased self awareness and confidence as a result of the program, and a strong network of leaders committed to action, participants will be in the position to influence change be it in their community, industry sector, even nationally.

Milparanga Program Manager and facilitator Grant Cameron, says this is a leadership development opportunity not to be missed.

“As a previous participant, I know first-hand the value of participating in this culturally safe program. Facilitated by Indigenous educators, it explores leadership practices and creates a network of more than 350 graduates across the country to call on and support you into the future.

”Past graduates describe their experience as challenging yet inspiring and empowering.

“It empowers Aboriginal people who already are in positions to create change and provide them with the skills and knowledge to influence deeper change within their communities, not just work,” says Ulanda Gregory from near Broome, Western Australia.

Birrunga Wiradyuri of Brisbane adds: “I enjoyed the experience, was challenged and absolutely benefited, learned and grew from the experience… I remain extremely grateful for the opportunity and feel privileged to have been included. Unreservedly recommended. Life changing. Astute, unique, valuable.”

Lauren Rogers from Queensland’s Moreton Bay region agrees it was life changing: “Milparanga has changed the trajectory of my future in leadership and opened my eyes to a new way of being! A truly wonderful experience that I will take with me through the rest of my life!

“I have learned that through my traditional cultural principles, processes and frameworks, we can achieve changes needed in our communities when we collaborate together. Leadership is about coming together to find the solution to the issues we may encounter. Together our voices are stronger.”

The program is fully-funded via 23 scholarships from partners, including the National Indigenous Australians Agency. Applicants aged 21years and above and who live and work in rural and remote communities are encouraged to apply – visit. Applications close on Saturday 11 December 2022.

For more information on the ARLF’s other Milparanga leadership development programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, visit here.