Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program

The Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program (AALP) is a bespoke leadership development program designed specifically for people undertaking leadership in the agribusiness sector.

Leadership development – not training

Training implies a technical response to something that can be repeated and this is not the ARLF view of leadership.

The AALP is a challenging immersion using experiential learning to explore leadership behaviour, thinking and practice with a group of people open to the exploration of new ideas.

This is a two session, face-to-face residential program where participants must be able to complete all components of the program.

Program dates for 2021 are:

  • Session 1: 18-23 April 2021, location tbc
  • Session 2: 5-9 July 2021, location tbc

Highlights of the program

The AALP encourages participants to develop greater self-awareness and adaptability in their leadership style and approach. It provides opportunities to develop a deep sense of trust amongst a cohort of agribusiness leaders; cultivating beneficial inter-organisational linkages.

This program is for agribusiness leaders who want to increase their impact in their personal lives, the businesses and communities in which they live and work. We will challenge and support you to learn how to modify your behaviour as you respond to a range of complex real-world situations that face the Agribusiness sector. Above all the Agribusiness Leadership Program generates diverse, deep networks of leaders across the breadth of the sector who have the capability support others to act in their quest  to lead change for the greater good. This may take the form of transforming a business, a sector or generating significant regional rural or remote social impact.

The program initiates structured pathways for future leadership development and offers access to a diverse, national alumni network of over 1,700 rural, regional and remote leaders.

If you participate in this program you will have the opportunity to:

  • engage in disruptive and challenge-based experiences in order to explore your own behaviour, decisions and actions and observe those of others
  • take part in activities that present complexity, disruption and ambiguity – requiring you to be adaptive and respond to the context you are in.
  • explore technical and adaptive leadership methods in a creative manner
  • build trust in teams – feel safe to express opinions, challenge ideas and have courageous conversations with others, give and receive feedback
  • draw more on the resources and expertise of the group and each other and less on external experts. When participants are exposed to external expertise, they don’t experience the benefits of learning from each other and are less likely to appreciate the value of remaining connected after the program ends.
  • explore the three fundamental principles of leadership that the ARLF is committed to developing – awareness, adaptation and authenticity
  • engage in leadership models that will contribute to collective impact in the agribusiness sector
  • have fun, be uncomfortable on occasion, step up to challenges, have opportunities to experience leadership
  • meet with and learn from influential agribusiness leaders
  • examine the complexity, challenges and opportunities of the Australian agribusiness sector

You should undertake the program if you:

  • are committed to leadership in the agribusiness sector
  • want to understand, explore and contribute to sectoral challenges using collaborative networks
  • value the contributions of people in rural, regional and remote Australia

What does it cost?

The program is a fee-for-service. You can either be nominated by your respective organisations, or self-fund your program place.

The cost of the AALP is $13,750 (inclusive of GST) per participant.

A participant contribution of $220 (inclusive of GST) is required to secure your place on the program. You may also be required to fund some of the components of the program which will be outlined in a welcome letter when you are accepted on this program.

Apply here

To complete an application form for the AALP 2021 click here

ARLF Program Calendar Update – October 2, 2020

More information

To download a program outline pdf click here

Please contact us for further information on 02 6281 0680 or email

I’m someone who believes change has to be embedded, and I was surprised how much the program managed to embed key principles in communication and planning in just a short time Shane Bodiam, Hassad Australia
Graduate of the Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program 2016