Milparanga Emerging Leadership

Get out of your comfort zone, become a better storyteller and leader

Program details

Milparanga Emerging is an 8-day leadership development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the early stages of leadership.

Application period

8 Aug -3 Sept 2022 EXTENDED

Shortlisting & interviews

Shortlisting 29 August-2 September 2022

Interviews 5-9 September 2022

Notification 9 September 2022

Program places & Cost

20 scholarships available

Network membership and administration fee AUD 220 (support available)

Program Date

6-13 October 2022

Program Location

Cairns, North Queensland


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples aged 21 years and over from anywhere in Australia and the Torres Strait.

Program activities

Milparanga is an immersive and culturally safe experience. You can expect to hear stories from Indigenous leaders, visit culturally significant sites to learn about Indigenous history and legacies, and meet and hear stories from Milparanga alumni. Milparanga Emerging Leadership also involves outdoor activities and you can expect to be pushed outside of your comfort zone with activities that help you get to know yourself better and make you a better communicator.

Taking you by surprise and not knowing exactly what you will be doing each day is part of the experience.

Not for you but someone else?

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Frequently asked questions

Have more questions? Get in touch via email or give us a call on 02 6281 0680.

Yes, Milparanga is facilitated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and facilitators and the content is designed with a cultural lens. 

All program costs, including travel, are covered by our sponsors. You are only required to pay an AUD 220 ARLF network membership and administration fee. If you are unable to pay this fee due to personal reasons, get in touch with us. We will consider your situation on a case-by-case basis and support you where we can.

Yes, you will receive a packing list a few weeks out from coming on the program. Our team can assist with items you may not be able to get in community. 

Your safety is paramount and we hope you will not get sick or injured. We do have first aid officers on all programs to assist in an emergency. Should you contract COVID, we have a response plan in place and will respond to get you home as quickly as possible.

We provide an immersive program experience therefore mobile phones may be removed for periods to enhance your engagement and experience. Mobile phone reception may also not be available during some program periods. Your family will be provided with contact information to notify our facilitators in the event of an emergency.

Working while you’re on the program will significantly reduce your ability to focus and get the most out of it. It might also not be possible due to the location and schedule of the program. We, therefore, ask that you make prior arrangements with your workplace and inform them that you will not be able to work during the program period.

We kindly ask that you do not share any information about program locations and activities on any social media platforms.