Drought Resilience Leaders Program Latest News Program updates

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

16 July 2021


  • 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 in 11 further regions around Australia opening soon
  • Be part of national network of rural leaders, helping their communities to adapt and prepare for the future impacts of drought. Apply today

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Program is seeking people who are committed to the future of the Goulburn Valley Region to participate in the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program.

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) has been appointed by the Australian Government, along with key partners, to deliver the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Program – an initiative designed to strengthen the future of regional communities through capacity building and collaboration.

Commenting on applications opening in the Goulburn Valley region, ARLF Chief Executive Matt Linnegar said, “The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program will create leadership networks committed to resilience in agriculture-dependent communities.  The cohort for each region will be selected to be inclusive and diverse.”

“With a focus on drought and climate resilience and adaption, the development program will be tailored to the current and future challenges of each region bringing together people who are committed to a resilient future for the region,” he said.

The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program will be delivered over 8 days across a 6-8 week period. Each course will include three sessions:

Session Focus Commitment
Session One Self-awareness, adaptive leadership, change theory, personal and community resilience 4 days residential
Session Two Climate science, problem solving, creativity, problem solving 2 days online
Session Three Scenario planning, influence, network leadership 2 days residential


In addition to Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program, the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Program also offers Community Extension Grants and a Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program.

“After completing the program, participants also have the opportunity give back to their communities with a grant program designed to help share the knowledge they have gained.”

“Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program participants can also sign up as a mentor or mentee for the Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program – a initiative to connect experience and innovation with ideas and opportunities, bringing together farmers and rural professionals from all over the country.”

DRL Development Program Applications | Goulburn Valley Region

Applications for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program in the Goulburn Valley region open on Friday 16 July 2021 and close on Sunday 1 August 2021. Apply here https://rural-leaders.org.au/drought-resilience-leaders-development-program/

DRL Development Program Applications | Other Regions

Applications for the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program in the Central West Queensland region opens in late July and the other regions below opening during September 2021. Find out more here  https://rural-leaders.org.au/drought-resilience-leaders-development-program/

State Region
Western Australia Northern Wheatbelt
Queensland South West
Central West Queensland
Victoria Mallee
South Australia Eyre Peninsula
Murray Lands
New South Wales Western
North West Slopes & Plains
Northern Territory Katherine Region
Tasmania North East


Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program | Applications Opening Soon

Be part of a network of mentors and mentees to share knowledge, experience and innovation, influencing ongoing change in rural communities. Share knowledge, learn from experts and build capability in areas like climate science, resilience, wellbeing and agricultural practice. Find out more here https://rural-leaders.org.au/drought-resilience-leaders-mentor-program/

About the Drought Resilience Leaders Program

The Australian Government established the Future Drought Fund to provide a sustainable source of funding to help Australian farmers and communities prepare for and respond to the impacts of drought. As one of its foundation programs, the Future Drought Fund has invested $11 million in the Drought Resilience Leaders Program. Led by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in collaboration with consortium of partners, the Program gives farmers and regional communities the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, mindset and networks to lead their communities into the future in 12 focus regions across Australia. In parallel, ARLF is running a national mentoring program to foster knowledge sharing and build future drought resilience.

To find our more visit: https://rural-leaders.org.au/our-programs/drought-resilience-leaders/

Media Contact: For any interview requests with Matt Linnegar or queries related to the program, please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) at sonia.morris@seftons.com.au or on 0421 672 162.