Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

Join the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) and our partners for a learning experience that will challenge and support you to develop the skills, knowledge, mindset and networks to lead your community into the future.

When you participate in the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program you will join a national network of people with a commitment to embedding resilience thinking in their communities.

This program takes an innovative community-led approach to building leadership skills that benefit each regions’ resilience, environmental literacy and response.

Over three, multi-day sessions participants from each region will come together to undertake a challenge-based leadership program tailored to meet the requirements of their community, delivered by facilitators committed to the viability of the region.

Attending the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program will see you make an 8-day commitment over a 6-8 week period.

Each session will include:

SessionsFocusCommitment
Session OneSelf-awareness, adaptive leadership, change theory, personal and community resilience4 days in person and online
Session TwoClimate science, problem solving, creativity2 days virtual
Session ThreeScenario planning, influence, network leadership2 days in person and online

A note about your location

The regions listed below do not have defined boundaries that exclude people from applying. If you feel as though you are part of the region and have a demonstrated commitment to the region you are encouraged to apply. The boundaries listed under each region are a guide, if you fall outside those guides but still feel you are part of the region you are encouraged to apply.

List of regions in order of delivery

VIC | Goulburn Valley – applications close 5 August

The Goulburn Valley follows the Murray from around Swan Hill to Yarrawonga and extends up around Mathoura and down to Murchison. Dates for the program are as follows:

Session 1: Tuesday 7 September – Friday 10 September 2021. Location: Echuca
Session 2: Tuesday 12 October – Wednesday 13 October 2021. Location: Online
Session 3: Thursday 28 October – Friday 29 October 2021. Location: TBC

 

QLD | Central West – applications open 5 August

Central West QLD follows the heart of QLD, sweeping from the QLD & NT border, up towards McKinlay, over to Amaroo and down around Augathella. Applications will open in the coming weeks, join our mailing list to be notified when applications are open.

Session 1: Tuesday 5 October – Friday 8 October 2021. Location: Barcaldine
Session 2: Tuesday 26 October – Wednesday 27 October 2021. Location: Online
Session 3: Tuesday 9 November – Wednesday 10 November 2021. Location: TBC

WA | Northern Wheatbelt

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WA | Gascoyne-Murchison

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NSW | Western

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NSW | North West Slopes & Plains

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SA | Eyre Peninsula – West

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SA | Murray Lands

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VIC | Mallee

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QLD | South West

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NT | Katherine Region

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TAS | North East

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Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will be:

  1. Committed to initiating and leading significant change in their sector, community and/or region
  2. Open to new ideas and demonstrate a willingness to learn, grow, adapt and change
  3. Willing to complete an intensive leadership development program with a focus on experiential learning
  4. Able to demonstrate previous experience, and/or future capability in leadership
  5. Ready to work collaboratively in their region on initiatives and plans for the future benefit of the region

Expectations

  • Commitment to attending all three sessions on the dates outlined for your region
  • Commitment to be part of an ongoing network of participants who are invested in sharing their knowledge for the benefit of the region and it’s ongoing resilience

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Community Extension Grants

One of the benefits of undertaking the Development Program is that participants can support resilience action in their communities through Community Extension Grants.

Grants will be available to those who have completed or almost completed the Development Program and are designed to help participants share their knowledge with their community. The application process and how to use the grants will be covered in the training course.

Successful applicants will receive a $4,000 grant. Grant recipients have the option to work together. For example, five recipients working together would result in funding of $20,000.