Milparanga International

Cross-cultural leadership development for First Nations leaders

Program details

Milparanga International is a 10-day leadership development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alumni wanting to become more involved and influence change at local, national and international level.

Application period

16 September – 14 October 2022

Shortlisting & interviews

Shortlisting October 2022

Program places & Cost

14 scholarships available

Administration fee AUD 1,000 (support available)

Program Date

Mid to late February 2023

Program Location

Aotearoa, New Zealand


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples aged 21 years and over from anywhere in Australia and the Torres Strait who are alumni of an ARLF leadership program

Program activities

Join us for an exploration of cross-cultural First Nations leadership in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Part cultural immersion, part leadership development, we’ll explore the contrasts between mainstream and cultural governance and exchange knowledge with Maori people.

Exclusively for Indigenous alumni of our programs wanting to become more involved in influencing change in Indigenous leadership at a local, national and global level, Milparanga International will help you gain further confidence and empowerment to engage in storytelling and advocating for positive change. The program will grow your network beyond Australian borders, where you can establish and maintain meaningful relationships from across the globe for your desired and shared impact. You will get further outside of your comfort zone whilst sharing the experiences of other First Nations peoples within a safe and supportive space. Collaborate and co-create to shift behaviours in yourself and your networks and break cycles for a positive future.

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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 1,000 administration fee. If you cannot pay this fee for 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.