Australian Rural Leadership Program

Please access the application form here 

If you are unsure of your eligibility, or wish to discuss your potential application in more detail, please contact Matilda at

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The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) has been developing stronger leadership within the communities and industries of rural, regional and remote Australia for over 26 years.

The iconic ARLP is based on our Foundation’s Leadership Philosophy:

  • Disrupt: multiple experiential challenges (physical, emotional, mental, social and intellectual) in changing real-world situations.
  • Discover: opportunities for critical self-reflection and a deeper understanding of others’ perspectives.
  • Develop: behavioural intelligence, the ability to trust and support others and the confidence to lead in different contexts.
  • Deliver: tangible, positive change in your organisation, sector or community through new conversations and connections.

What does it involve?

The ARLP is a 15-month program which takes place over five sessions, across Australia and Asia.

We take over 30 diverse leaders from across rural, regional and remote Australia, on a series of unique and immersive experiences to develop their leadership capabilities.


What will I do on the program?

You will undertake five face-to-face sessions in locations across Australia, including the remote Kimberley region in Western Australia and an overseas immersion. We provide additional development via flexible learning.

You will develop:

  • Communication in a range of spheres and approaches
  • Strategic thinking and behavioural intelligence
  • Capability to lead in different contexts and in complexity
  • Respectful influence and impact on others
  • Building and maintaining meaningful industry and community relationships

View 2019 Program Flyer


You should apply

If you are a leader:

  • from or working for rural, regional and remote Australia
  • with a genuine commitment to the ‘greater good’ of rural, regional and remote Australia.

What does it cost?

Scholarships of $50,000 plus GST are provided by our sponsors.

Your contribution is $5,000 plus GST towards program costs and for lifetime membership of the Network of Fellows.


Key dates

ARLP Course 27 will commence in June 2020 and finishes in October 2021. .

These dates are an indication of the number of sessions and length only. Locations and dates are yet to be confirmed and therefore subject to change.




June 2020 Darwin NT and Kimberley WA 14 days
November 2020 Location TBA  8 days
February 2021 Regional case study 8 days
May/June 2021 Vietnam 14 days
October 2021 Canberra, ACT 8 days



Participants can elect to undertake tertiary qualifications from the James Cook University, while participating in the ARLP.


Recommend Someone For The Program

If you know someone suitable for the program, please fill out the Shoulder Tap form and they will be notified. We will then follow up with more information about the program.

Shoulder Tap Form 

How to apply

Applications are now open. You will need to complete our application form online and upload a video to support your application (optional).

For information about what to include in your video, see Upload your video

Key dates include: 

  • Applications open: Monday 1 July 2019
  • Applications close: Sunday 1 September 2019
  • Interview conducted between: 23 October- 8 November 2019


More information

To view a list of our ARLP graduates and Course directories, see ARLP Graduates.

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


Honestly, there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t draw on something that I learned as a result of the ARLP Lisa Dwyer, ARLF Fellow
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