Leading Australian Resilient Communities

A national leadership network driving positive change. The LARC program is about supporting Australia’s regional communities to meet challenges and collectively drive the positive changes they want to see.


Current and emerging leaders who understand social, cultural, economic and environmental pressures to their regions. Volunteers and employees of local government, community organisations and businesses. Living or working in the region and over 18 years of age.


Leadership program: 5 days and 3 nights.
Future Forum: 1 day
Webinars: Approx. 1 hour


Thanks to our program partners and government funding, these programs are fully funded. Please note, the leadership program is limited to 26 places.

Delivery mode & venue

The leadership program and future forums are delivered face-to-face in a residential program setting within the local region.

The webinar series is delivered online.


Timelines vary by region. Navigate to your region for details.


Application timeframes vary by region.

Program elements

The LARC program combines community future forums, leadership development programs and a virtual webinar series available in ten regions around the country.

Future Forums

Part discussion, part workshop, the day-long Future Forum is where your journey to the Leading Australia’s Resilient Communities Program (LARC) begins. Join like-minded community members for a focused and deep conversation on how regions can experience tough challenges and emerge even more resilient as a result. Anyone who is passionate about their community is welcome and places are limited so be quick to book your spot.

Leadership Workshop

The 5-day 3-night leadership program is about building a network of leaders to drive the positive changes you want to see collectively. It’s a powerful and immersive learning journey built around concepts of self-awareness, working in teams and community and taking action for the greater good. Anyone who is passionate about their community is welcome and places are limited so be quick to book your spot.

Program details by region


Region 1: Wide Bay Burnett
Future Forum: 16 February 2023, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm at The Waves Sport Club, Norville
Leadership Workshop: 22-24 March 2023 & 17-19 March 2023

Region 2: Charters Towers to Reef
Future Forum: 21 September 2022, 9.00am - 5.00 pm at The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville
Leadership Workshop: 22-24 November 2022 & 28-30 March 2023

New South Wales

Region 1: Rivers to Plains
Future Forum: 30 August 2022, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Commercial Club, Albury
Leadership Workshop: 10-12 October 2022 & 8-10 February 2023

Region 2: Northern Rivers
Future Forum: 19 September 2022, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Byron Islander Resort, Ballina
Leadership Workshop:26-28 October 2022 & 20-22 February 2023

Northern Territory

Region: Southern

Future Forum: 1 March 2023, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs.
Leadership Workshop: 18-20 April 2023 & 13-16 June 2023


Region: Northwest & King Island
Learn more.

South Australia

Region: Northern & Yorke
Learn more.


Region: LaTrobe & Central
Learn more.

Western Australia

Region 1: Midwest Coastal
Region 2: Goldfields & Esperance
Learn more.

Webinar series

Practical and lived examples of some of the concepts investigated in the LARC Program with guests from across a wide range of sectors or specific “how to” information regarding some of the scenarios that participants may find themselves in their lives, work and communities

Frequently asked questions

Have a question that we haven’t answered below? Get in touch with our friendly team. We’re happy to help.

LARC is delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) grant.

It responds to the need for leadership development in regional Australian communities to create more equitable experiences of social and economic wellbeing. The program connects community leaders from across the country and develops more of local from all backgrounds of regional Australian communities.

The networks and initiatives ought to have long-term positive impact for your region and all of regional Australia

  • Three future forums for 50 to 80 people from your region.
  • A five-day leadership program for 24 to 26 people from your region.
  • Practical and useable research workshopped to enable ongoing practical action in your region.
  • Access to national thinkers on critical issues via tailored webinars.
  • Ongoing real-world initiatives championed by you and fellow participants, and group coaching to support implementation.

A local leadership network

Every region will gain an empowered and connected network of diverse leaders. They will be ready to support and drive the region’s and regional Australia’s development.

Solutions to challenges and opportunities

Informed and consultative initiatives mean issues aren’t just talked about.

Learn from others

Initiatives delivered in other regions cross-pollinate ideas and solutions.

  • A scholarship investment in your personal and professional development.
  • A fully immersive leadership experience gives you the time and space to examine what resources and development you need, to be more effective as a leader.
  • Coaching to meet challenges unique to your role and sector.
  • Entry to a powerful national network of leaders and organisations working together for the greater good of rural, regional and remote communities.
  • Access to leadership experts and comprehensive data and new insights into your region.

Your participation is covered by a scholarship provided by the collaborating organisations. You will only need to fund travel to and from program venues.

LARC is delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) grant.

Yes, all webinars will be recorded and everyone who registers will receive an email 24 hours after with the recording. Alternatively you can catch up via our YouTube channel and you can also check out our other videos.

No. You can sign up to watch the ones you feel resonate most with you.

Yes, the webinars are open to anyone across the country.

Register interest

 LARC enhances regional communities’ inherent strengths by providing the tools and support to work to these strengths, enabling effective collaboration and coaching attentive to the diverse potential of all participants. Register interest now.

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