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CE Matt Linnegar on his farm

To Matt Linnegar, it’s not about bouncing back, it’s about bouncing forward.

22 November 2021

As Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Matt understands the crucial role leadership plays in communities - especially during tough times.  And he firmly believes those communities that have been successful...

Why grassroots leadership is the key to drought resilience

22 November 2021

For Anika Molesworth, leadership in drought and climate resilience often comes from people who think of themselves as ordinary citizens, but who are doing extraordinary things.   “In the regions, challenges get thrown at us...

Resilience comes in all shapes and forms

22 November 2021

Resilience in all its shapes and forms has been Paul Ryan’s passion for nearly three decades.   As Director of the Australian Resilience Centre, he has a unique perspective based on the science and practice of resilience.  This...

Resilience is a well-known trait in outback Australia

16 November 2021

Resilience is a well-known trait amongst those who live and work in outback Australia When you’ve spent generations on a pastoral lease in far north South Australia, there’s a number of things you...

Milparanga spurs leader to blaze own trail

11 November 2021

Going after what you want in life is what led Rhi Parsons to the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Milparanga Program – an experience that has shaped her vision for the future.  “I was looking for something that has that Indigenous...

Giving to the Foundation investment in the future

8 November 2021

Cecily Andersen makes a conscious choice to give as a financial donor to the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation in the same way that she has made a conscious choice to remain living in...

Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience

8 November 2021

Grants of up to $150,000 available Like ARLF, our partners the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is facilitating a stream of the Future Drought Fund, running the Networks to Build Drought...

Remainder of ARLP 26 graduates in virtual ceremony

8 November 2021

On Wednesday 3 November 2021, we conducted our first-ever ‘virtual’ Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) graduation. Six participants from Course 26 of the ARLP graduated. They were unable to attend the final session...

Our first cohort meets

8 November 2021

From ‘this is my second Zoom meeting’ to family members offering advice ‘now you can see everyone’ - hiccups with technology and even technology itself didn’t take away from the ambience of a...

How we are funded

8 November 2021

By Vivienne Johnson, Manager Philanthropy As a national organisation based in Canberra there is a common misconception that we (the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation) receive annual operational funding from the Australian Government. This...

CE Matt Linnegar on his farm

November update from the chief executive

8 November 2021

I’ve now been in the role of Chief Executive at the ARLF for over seven years. I continue to enjoy the role, I remain passionate about our work and I challenge myself, my behaviours and...

Two men facing each other one pointing into the distance.

Additional places available for Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program

21 October 2021

Are you involved in farming and looking for some trusted advice around your career, farming and personal goals?Are you interested in supporting the next generation of rural and regional leaders by sharing your...

Notice of 29th Annual General Meeting

21 October 2021

Date: 11 November 2021 Time: 1.00 pm (AEDT) Location: Boardroom of the Australian Forest Products Association (and via Zoom), 24 Napier Close, Deakin ACT This notice, associated with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s...

Suzie Jacobs – Participant Q&A – Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

19 October 2021

Suzie Jacobs is no stranger to coming back from failure and getting help in times of crisis and drought. Despite receiving farm rescue, in 2019, the nurse by trade and her husband made...

Tom Deery – Applicant Q&A – Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program

19 October 2021

Meet the applicants of our Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program in our applicant Q&A. Tom Deery - Mentor What do you do for a living? I'm the operations manager at Cavan Station, a...

Jeff Schuller – Applicant Q&A – Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program

19 October 2021

Meet the applicants of our Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program in our applicant Q&A. Jeff Schuller - Mentor What do you do for a living? I'm the operations manager for Thomas Foods International...

Images of a rock formation in the Gascoyne by Liz Brennan

Gascoyne-Murchison locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in the Gascoyne-Murchison region? Interested in participating in a unique  leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone 18 years and...

Eyre Peninsula locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in the Eyre Peninsula region? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone 18 years...

Western NSW locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in Western NSW? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone 18 years and over....

Image of a wheat field in the Northern Wheatbelt area by Liz Brennan

Northern Wheatbelt locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in the Northern Wheatbelt? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone 18 years and...

North West Slopes and Plains locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in NSW’s North West Slopes and Plains? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone...

Murraylands locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in the Murraylands region? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone 18 years and...

Mallee locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021

Live or work in the Mallee region? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.Open to anyone 18 years and...

Why drought resilience programs are in focus right now

8 October 2021

Have you wondered why we are sharing so much about drought resilience leadership programs?   These new programs are accessible to a much broader audience outside of our traditional networks. Therefore, making up a large portion of our public-facing communications.  The...

Opportunities open for emerging leaders and agribusiness professionals

8 October 2021

We are still looking for a small number of emerging leaders who are ready to grow their leadership skills in March 2022. Our challenge-based seven-day TRAIL program teaches emerging leaders to engage more...

October update from the Chief Executive

8 October 2021

As the Chief Executive, it has been my absolute privilege to spend some time with you, our alumni, in a virtual format known as a ‘Cuppa tea at 3’. This initiative provides an...

Screenshot of a ARLP 26 cohort meeting on Zoom.

Reconnect with your cohort through our virtual alumni catch-up

7 October 2021

Under the title ‘Cuppa tea at three’, we have kicked off an ambitious series of virtual alumni catch-ups. Held on any given day until March 2022 but always at 3.00 pm, we’re inviting...

A group photo of Freda Nicholls, Tim Ferraro and Jason Phieler standing in front of a painting.

Why donating to the ARLP makes a difference

7 October 2021

For Tim Ferraro, the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) was a ‘powerful experience’ that proved well worth a multi-decade wait. The ARLP Course 24 alumnus graduated from the course in 2018, but first...

Milparanga supports indigenous leadership growth

9 September 2021

Ollie Tester was on the lookout for opportunities to build his skills and support career development when he came across the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Milparanga program. The self-described big-picture person, risk-taker and...

Associates deliver successful hybrid program for SARRAH

9 September 2021

Some called it the séance machine, but adapting to Zoom and Teams during the first 2020 lockdown simply felt odd. Phrases that became all too familiar to us include - are you there,...

Goulburn Valley locals selected to participate in drought resilience leadership program

7 September 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: From Swan Hill to Mansfield, Wangaratta to Bendigo, the 17 women and nine men participating in the Goulburn Valley Development Program came together online this morning to focus on leadership, networks,...

CE Matt Linnegar on his farm

September update from the Chief Executive

1 September 2021

Since my last update, the pandemic has worsened with the Delta strain leaving more than half of the population in some form of lockdown. Leadership in all places, across societies and around the...

Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program | Central West QLD region | Applications Now Open

13 August 2021

MEDIA RELEASE:   The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Program is seeking people who are committed to the future of the Central West Queensland region to participate in the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program.  ...

Congratulations Philippa Woodhill

2 August 2021

At the ARLF, we talk about leadership being an act of service, service for the greater good, service to rural, regional and remote Australia. This week we recognise and celebrate the service of...

Ag leader drives her own future

2 August 2021

Jasmine Boxsell’s career path in agriculture is tied to some of the industry’s oldest institutional heritage. From a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland in Gatton, straight into a Stanbroke-owned...

Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program | Applications Now Open

22 July 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: A joint statement from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the National Farmers Federation Are you a farmer or rural professional interested in connecting with others to share your experience and knowledge...

July update from the Chief Executive

20 July 2021

After almost 6 months of mostly unaffected leadership program delivery, recent COVID outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns have impacted many of our programs. Despite this and in the spirit of adaptive learning, we are...

Honorary Fellow Membership Nominations

19 July 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) Board has the power to induct an individual as an Honorary Fellow providing the nominee meets one or more of the following three selection criteria: The individual...

Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program | Goulburn Valley Region | Applications Now Open

16 July 2021

MEDIA RELEASE:  Do you want to contribute to the growing resilience of the Goulburn Valley region? Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 1 August 2021 Applications for participants...

ARLP C27 Session 3

13 July 2021

The vast and ancient landscape of Western Australia's Kimberley region is a seemingly endless expanse of red ochre rocks, spinifex pastures and majestic gorges. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions...

Milparanga 8.3 graduates in Canberra

13 July 2021

“The Milparanga program was an inspiring experience. It has equipped me with the tools and knowledge required to enhance my leadership skillset and established a network of like-minded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Graham Loves a Good Analogy

13 July 2021

Why would a former ARLP leadership program facilitator choose Against the Wind as a theme for a self-supported, fundraising bicycle tour of over 3,800 km from Canberra to Perth? For Graham those three...

Applications open for Scholarships on the ARLP

5 July 2021

Established in 1993, the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is one of Australia’s longest running and most prestigious development programs designed to accelerate leadership capability in people committed and contributing to rural Australia....

Building Leadership Resilience for the Future

17 June 2021

MEDIA RELEASE:  Rural leaders across Australia will soon have access to leadership training and a mentoring program with a focus on building drought resilience, with the launch today of the Future Drought Fund’s...

Ag entrepreneur embracing challenges and change

16 June 2021

Like many young leaders in agriculture spearheading successful ventures, Tim Eyes envisioned growth and expansion as the natural next steps for his business. But his experience on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s 2020...

ARLP Cohort 28 announced

7 June 2021

An Inclusion and Diverse Learning Teacher from Yanco (NSW), a Consultant Veterinarian from Scone (NSW), a Fisheries Consultant from Mount Nelson (TAS), a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist from Linden Park (SA), a...

June 2021 update

1 June 2021

As we send this e-news out, our thoughts are with those in lockdown in Victoria. We understand the pressures that many of you are feeling as we continue to live through this pandemic....

Donate and Save a Life

27 May 2021

Please donate to the 2021 Tax Appeal and save a life. All donations will help with the ARLF’S purchase of two portable defibrillators for leadership program sessions, particularly those held in regional or remote locations...

ARLP C26 Graduation

27 May 2021

Congratulations to the graduating cohort of ARLP Course 26 who completed Session 5 of their program last week in Dubbo. The aim of the final session was to continue leadership development with a...

ARLF Thanks to Tim and Gina Fairfax

19 May 2021

Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax were guests of honour at a recent ARLF luncheon in Brisbane attended by five of the 13 recipients of a Tim Fairfax Family Foundation ARLP scholarship. The...

ARLP Course 27, Session 1 – ACT & NSW South Coast

19 May 2021

Following Session One's hub model approach, participants met for the first time in person. The nine-day residential was held across Canberra, the ACT and NSW South Coast. The participants met at Canberra airport...

MILPARANGA 8.2, MABO – TOWNSVILLE

19 May 2021

[gallery ids="5115,5119,5120,5121,5122,5124,5125,5132,5135,5137,5143,5144"] Milparanga 8 focuses on learnings around the topics of Land Management and Caring for Country, History and Legacy and Gender. In this session (26 April 2 2 May), 8.2 cohort participants...

Leadership Reflection

19 May 2021

By Annette McCarthy, Manager Governance I’ve never thought of myself as a leader or seen myself working in a leadership role, but I recently jumped at the opportunity to be a participant on...

Young farmer on the front foot

16 May 2021

On a sheep and cattle property at Currawang, south west of Goulburn, NSW, hard work has been done preparing to hand the farm smoothly from the sixth generation over to the seventh. It’s...

Donate to Graham’s ride

23 April 2021

On 18 April, Graham Smith, a former staff member, will ride into the sunset from his job after more than eight years working for the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF). This will be...

Agribusiness leaders forging their sector’s future

20 April 2021

Australian agribusiness is an ambitious sector with its focus on sustainably reaching an economic target of $100 billion. It’s an exciting time for the people and organisations which feed and clothe millions of...

In search of ‘risk absorber’ foundations

20 April 2021

This paper shines a light on the complexity of the philanthropic ecosystem and the diverse roles that foundations can play as intermediaries in supporting charities to achieve their mission or purpose (Williamson AK,...

A global network for rural leadership

20 April 2021

JD Dunbar, RULE Leadership Program Director in Pennsylvania USA, has credited the ARLF’s Chief Executive, Matt Linnegar with the idea to engage Rural Leaders from across the globe in the first Rural and...

April 2021 update

20 April 2021

Following many months of disruption and uncertainty on a national and global scale, the ARLF has successfully completed sessions for multiple leadership programs involving participants from across the nation coming together in shared...

May Webinar: International Leadership

6 April 2021

The ARLF has strong international connections, particularly in Indonesia where five ARLP cohorts over five years have been immersed in leadership through a different cultural and geopolitical lens.  These relationships continue to be...

LEADERSHIP IMPACT CASE STUDY: UNRESTRICTED SCHOLARSHIPS

1 April 2021

Yola BakkerFiona GaskeRose Wright Unrestricted ARLP scholarships ensure diversity in program participants, and enrich the alumni network across rural and regional Australia. Nuance. It’s a vital part of living and working in regional...

Leadership Impact Case Study: First Nations Australia

1 April 2021

Kenny BedfordTorres WebbElverina Johnson With a network of more than 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alumni, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has provided a platform for some of the boldest and brightest...

Leadership Impact Case Study: Industry Scholarship

1 April 2021

Ash BakerSusan Findlay-TuckerDavid Jochinke As part of an industry that contributes nearly 30% of the total gross value of agricultural production in Australia, grain producers are nothing if not innovative and demand driven,...

Leadership Impact Case Study: Voices for Indi

1 April 2021

Cathy McGowanSusan BenedykaAlana Johnson Ripples in a pool When you throw a stone into a pool, the ripples continue long after the stone sinks. A single stone generates movement and energy; it can...

March 2021 update

26 March 2021

Regionalisation is a term gaining increasing traction in public discourse, particularly since the COVID-19 outbreak early last year. In February, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), the Business Council...

Mentorship at the heart of leadership

25 March 2021

Tim Collins (mentor) and Oli Le Lievre (mentee) were matched as a part of the 2020 National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Broader Networks Mentoring Program, delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF). Making...

TRAIL – a journey like no other

24 March 2021

After a false start and some additional recruitment, the group has finally completed their program in Canberra, graduating in a ceremony held on the 4th March. The group was the first to experience...

Indonesian leader carries powerful imprint

20 March 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has benefitted from the generosity of in-country leaders guiding leadership cohorts through its cultural immersion sessions. Through an exchange of culture and knowledge, these leaders become an invaluable...

#IWD2021 Reflection

8 March 2021

Happy International Women's Day everyone. Last week I spent time in the company of some fabulous women and men as part of the TRAIL Emerging Leaders and Milparanga Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

February 2021 update

19 February 2021

Happy new year and welcome to 2021! While a certain pandemic (and some of the madness that surrounds it) remains with us for a while yet, we’re through the initial crisis phase, have...

Work with us – FDF project team

19 February 2021

We’re expanding our team to grow our leadership impact across rural, regional and remote Australia and deliver The Australian Government’s $7.45 million Future Drought Fund (FDF): Drought Resilience Leaders Program. Read about announcement:...

COVID highlights health-care needs of country mums

12 February 2021

Edwina Sharrock OAM was awarded an Order of Australia Medal at the recent Australia Day Awards for her contribution to the health sector. This is her story. Edwina Sharrock, ARLP alumni from Course...

ARLP insights follow Indonesian leader on Fulbright journey

3 February 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is fortunate to work with many inspiring leaders and experts overseas. Not only do they exchange valuable knowledge with our own leaders, representing often-connected industries and interests, but...

ARLF to lead consortia to deliver Drought program

12 January 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in conjunction with consortia partners the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) has welcomed the announcement today from...

Young Agribusiness Leader of the Year

18 December 2020

ROB BAYLEY, Blackwood Piggery Blackwood Piggery was established in the 1980’s, with Rob Bayley taking over management of the piggery business seven years ago. A highly respected leader at a local, state and...

December update

18 December 2020

As we rush to the end of 2020, I’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas. Like you we are looking forward to better things in 2021!  It’s understandable to look back on 2020...

The wheel of life

17 December 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, we are creatures of habit; we tend to do what we have always done. 2020 has had everything, fire, floods, disease, and many personal triumphs and tragedies....

The journey of leadership

17 December 2020

Australian land teaches us many things about perspectives. On the surface you see the tough terrains, rough coastlines, and thick bush. The view is different from the bottom of a mountain to the...

Notice of Annual General Meeting

23 November 2020

12pm (AEDT) 15 December 2020Boardroom of the Australian Forest Products Association (and via Zoom)24 Napier Close, Deakin ACT This notice, associated with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s 28th Annual General Meeting, contains: The...

November update

18 November 2020

When the world went into lock down in March, the ARLF was forced to consider how to deliver high impact leadership programs in a COVID environment where national and international border closures prevented...

Strength in culture

11 November 2020

For Quinton Vea Vea, saying ‘yes’ to the Milparanga Program sparked a “massive shift” in his sense of purpose, and his way of looking at the world around him. “I had no interest...

Driving change

25 September 2020

By Dodie Henderson, Rural Room Media Stringer https://vimeo.com/468048825 Viewed from the air, Western Australia’s Kimberley region is an endless expanse of terracotta red with an overlay of eucalyptus green. Its seemingly smooth landscape sprawls over...

Making a Difference

25 September 2020

By Megan Woodward, Rural Room Media Stringer https://vimeo.com/461670634 For current and aspiring leaders in regional and rural Australia, holding a title can be daunting yet necessary, both as an individual and as a...

Making a Difference

25 September 2020

For current and aspiring leaders in regional and rural Australia, holding a title can be daunting yet necessary, both as an individual and as a member of a collective community. To support those...

Leading with Resilience

21 September 2020

During times of crisis, resilience will be a valuable asset as it will help you adapt and mobilise others as you steer through this change and toward what may be a very uncertain...

Mentoring in Ag

20 September 2020

The 2020 NFF Broader Networks Mentoring Program is a partnership between the ARLF and National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) which is funded by Telstra. This is an extension of the 2019 Toward 2030 Leadership...

NFF ARLF Mentoring program launches

20 September 2020

NFF and ARLF supporting Agriculture leadership development  The 2020 NFF Broader Networks Mentoring Program is a partnership between the ARLF and National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) which is funded by Telstra. This is an extension...

A reflection from ARLP C26 Course Council

4 September 2020

Unprecedented, new normal, self-isolating, quarantine, pivot, lockdown, essential workers, social distancing, we are all in this together, zoom, home-schooling, work from home, the various Karen’s, and you are on mute. Not necessarily new...

The hold of the country

4 September 2020

Growing up on a small farm outside of Wagga, I never understood the hold the country had on me until I left. In my final year of school, the question that often accompanied...

The great re-calibration to finding our better and new normal, without losing who we truly are

3 September 2020

Recently, who I am was significantly challenged by a complete stranger who suggested selling our dairy farm in the current environment was a good opportunity to capitalise on our asset.  I was then...

#storiesfromthesticks

3 September 2020

A childhood in the bush presents the ideal opportunity to cultivate an active imagination and fully immerse in creative opportunities. The wide-open spaces and vivid shape shifting, nature of regional Australia makes for...

Country upbringing

3 September 2020

As a daughter of a dairy farmer growing up on the family farm in Maroon, South East Queensland, there were a few certainties in my life – the cows would be milked twice...

“Dad, is Brisbane another country?” asked my son.

3 September 2020

I often think about my friends and families that live in the ‘big smoke' - living where and how I once knew as my standard daily life to be, but now with unprecedented restrictions...

Against the Wind fundraising bicycle ride

2 September 2020

Graham Smith, the former manager of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), had been planning to retire from the ARLF in June. His exit plan was simple. With a couple of friends, he...

Call for Director Nominations to ARLF Board of Directors

19 August 2020

Nominations to the ARLF Board of Directors are being sought from Members to fill two director positions which will become vacant at the 28th Annual General Meeting (see invitation from the Company Secretary)....

ARLF Progam Update #3 – 13 August

14 August 2020

Since our last update in March, we have reviewed our program design and are adapting it to accommodate the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. We have also looked at how we deliver our programs,...

Applications open for ARLP C28

21 July 2020

Applications for Course 28 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) open today. The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is a dynamic experiential learning program focused on the development of leadership for individuals...

Be-cause, at cause, we cause!

13 July 2020

Rewind 6 years: I never imagined I would find myself in an ancient wide, shallow, and very rocky valley – clearly an old river system – without water. I was walking in a group, single file, with...

How attached are you to your point of view?

1 July 2020

I remember Barb Grey (ARLP 15) saying about her course experience, “If you told me a year ago that as a cotton farmer I would become best buddies with an environmentalist from Victoria...

Host a table conversation

23 June 2020

2020 has caused great disruption from global proportions to that on regions, community, industry and to something that is quite personal. This provides us all an opportunity to reflect, reframe and exercise collaborative...

That precious human interaction

21 June 2020

by Charlie Morrice: Manager, Leadership Programs Those special ‘crucible’ moments in your development can come at the most unexpected times. I was a young impressionable guy working in my first job as a...

Leadership journey with evolving style

16 June 2020

One of the great surprises of Stuart Crosthwaite’s Melbourne university years was being elected president of his hometown cricket club in north-east Victoria. As a dairy farming teenager “too shy to put his...

How to host a Kitchen Table conversation

14 June 2020

with Georgie Somerset & Kristy Frahm (ARLF Alumni) "We have had some fantastic gems come from them for our region, and a high level of engagement. We will continue a conversation after this,...

Homeward Bound

10 June 2020

Post-voyage reflection - By Anika Molesworth It has been quite an extraordinary start to 2020 – extreme heat, dust-storms, drought and bushfire smoke – have been events that many of us have experienced...

ARLF Assist

25 May 2020

Please donate to ARLF Assist, an initiative to assist leadership program participants experiencing financial hardship. ARLF Assist will help Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) and Milparanga program participants who are experiencing financial hardship...

Team photo

Regional collaboration and vision harnessed in WA Leadership Program

17 May 2020

The South West region of Western Australia is a complex area, encompassing stunning tourism drawcards like Margaret River, alongside industrial towns feeling their way in a post-resources-boom environment. Each regional community has different...

Leadership: Beyond the divide

15 May 2020

We need to build a distinct style of collective leadership for rural, regional and remote Australia Demographer Bernard Salt has argued recently that rural, regional and remote Australia may become attractive places to...

HV McKay Charitable Trust awards grant for ARLP Course 27

15 May 2020

The HV McKay Charitable Trust has awarded a philanthropic grant to fund a group initiative that will be undertaken by participants during ARLP Course 27. The ARLF warmly welcomes the HV McKay Charitable...

New Patron-in-Chief announced

15 May 2020

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has accepted the ARLF’s invitation to take over the Patron-in-Chief role as the succeeding Governor General from Sir Peter Cosgrove who retired from...

Leadership is an action & arises from disruption

16 April 2020

Jane Milburn | ARLP 16 We are all being called upon to stay safe and adapt as the world faces profound changes due to the coronavirus pandemic and everyone’s life, work and study...

Rural Press Club Alumni Debrief

8 April 2020

12.15pm - 1.30pm - Rural Press Club (RPC) address with the Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought & Emergency Management 4.15pm - 5.00pm - ARLF Alumni Debrief on RPC address For...

Leading with Resilience

8 April 2020

Resilience is fed by optimism and a positive attitude to crises and setbacks. Resilience embraces innovation and transition and creates positive energy within teams.  Join this ARLF alumni community discussion on Leading with...

27th ARLP Cohort announced

24 March 2020

Thirty-one leaders from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds have been selected to undertake the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) as the 27th annual cohort. The ARLP is a 15-month leadership program immersing...

Leadership Message

20 March 2020

A message from our Chief Executive, Matt Linnegar  Never a greater need for #LeadershipARLF is #openforbusiness#RuralLeaders #COVID-19 https://vimeo.com/399052444

COVID-19 News #1 – 12 March

17 March 2020

While the overall risk in Australia of contracting COVID-19 in the community remains low, we’re taking a number of steps to manage the risk for all involved. The ARLF has updated our program...

COVID-19 News #2 – 16 March

16 March 2020

Today, in line with guidance from the Australian Government Department of Health , Centre for Disease Control  and state based health authorities regarding the spread of the virus, we have taken a difficult yet...

Against the Wind fundraising ride: Canberra to Perth

4 March 2020

Program Manager, Graham Smith plans to ride across Australia to raise funds for ARLF. Working at the ARLF, and seeing first hand the positive difference it makes to people, has motivated Graham to...

Thank you for all you are doing.

9 January 2020

Returning to work this week, the ARLF team is acutely aware of the impact of the fire and weather emergency facing rural and regional communities and our industries. We are grateful for those...

Finding the confidence to lead

7 January 2020

“I’ve always known what I wanted to do,” Suanne Sands reflects, half-way through her Milparanga experience. “But I had no idea what to expect from the program. What I’ve come away with so...

Tanya Stevenson – Collaboration is Key to Transforming Regions

3 December 2019

For Tanya Stevenson, project development was the highlight of her experience taking part in the Leadership for our Regions program in 2019. “It was great to design a new idea to address our...

Alana Johnson – Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

27 November 2019

Alana Johnson, graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program - Course 14 has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University. Alana is recognised nationally and internationally for her work in rural...

Sanjeeta Singh – Putting People First

19 November 2019

“People are our business and we have a responsibility for their safety and welfare,” says Sanjeeta Singh, Head of Risk, Safety and Environment at Elders. The graduate of the Foundation’s 2019 Agribusiness Leadership...

Andy Kidd - Agribusiness

Andy Kidd – Agribusiness

11 November 2019

Senior Agribusiness Manager of the Westpac Tamworth branch, Andy Kidd, recognises that cultivating trust and valuing people are key aspects to success in his job. Since graduating from the Agribusiness Leadership Program in...

First Alumni Scholar Has Graduated

7 November 2019

This year saw the first Alumni Scholar of the Australian Rural Leadership Program - Course 25, graduate. Yola Bakker took a creative approach to her sponsor report and recited it at the 2019...

Tim Ferraro – Making the Plan Happen

1 November 2019

General Manager of Soil Conservation Service, Tim Ferraro, is about to undertake his biggest project to date. Valued at $37.5 million, the recent Australian Rural Leadership Program graduate is leading the project to...

Wrap Up – ARLF Gala Dinner 2019

28 October 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) Gala Dinner was a huge success for 2019. Over 220 people, including sponsors, Alumni, Board members, politicians and friends of the Foundation gathered at the National Arboretum...

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

25 October 2019

12pm (AEDT) 15 November 2019 Boardroom of the Australian Forest Products Association 24 Napier Close, Deakin ACT This notice, associated with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s 27th Annual General Meeting, contains: The Agenda...

Milparanga Graduation September 2019

4 October 2019

Congratulations to all the graduates from our most recent Milparanga Leadership program. The night was co-emceed by Waverley Stanley, ARLP 12 and Michelle Deshong, ARLF Associate. Melissa Fletcher, ARLP 18 gave a powerful...

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...

ARLF / KMPG COCKTAIL FUNCTION

14 August 2019

ARLF Fellows Keelen Mailman and Troy Setter were centre stage at a recent cocktail function at the Brisbane office of KPMG, sharing their experience of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Both had travelled...

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...