Australian Rural Leadership Program

Applications for Course 29 will be open from July 4 to August 29, 2021.

Expressions of interest may be submitted here. View Program dates, duration and locations here.

About the ARLP

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is a dynamic experiential learning program focused on the development of leadership for individuals and collectives who are contributing to the future prosperity of rural and regional Australia.

Delivered under the ARLF banner for almost 30 years, the ARLP is underpinned by a process of continual improvement and is guided by global best practice in adaptive leadership education.

In each cohort, approximately 30 leaders are engaged in a series of unique, immersive experiences (delivered in real-world contexts) to develop the adaptive skills to confidently overcome future challenges and act for the ‘greater good’ of rural and regional Australia.

Over 15 months, three sessions take place in Australia and one is held overseas.

Joining the lifelong ARLF Fellowship

ARLF alumni represent a unique networked group of individuals and include ARLP Fellows, Honorary Fellows and short course program graduates. At the conclusion of the ARLP, participants are inducted into the highly coveted ARLP Fellowship network – a lifelong network of graduates who have shared a unique leadership development experience that many say has changed their lives.

View the ARLF alumni footprint here.

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

ARLP alumni are encouraged to Shoulder Tap prospective participants for future ARLP programs by completing this form.

ARLP unique program design

The ARLP employs an adaptive learning approach and is developed within a curriculum framework that focuses on individual and collective behavioural changes central to development of leadership behaviour. The ARLP combines the very latest leadership andragogy from across the globe with an informed understanding of the unique complexities facing regional Australia.

A summary of the ARLF curriculum learning intentions can be found here.

The process is further enhanced through executive mentoring which cultivates valuable peer networks. This is a new addition to the ARLP for Course 27 and beyond.

View ARLP Session Summary and learning intentions here.

Program participants

Successful applicants have a genuine commitment to the future prosperity of rural and regional Australia and come from or work in roles that serve rural and regional Australia.

Scholarships are offered by corporates, government, industry and philanthropists and are matched to applicants during an extensive interview process. Open scholarships are also offered to ensure there is demographic and cognitive diversity in the cohort.

The ARLP program is delivered by an expert team of program managers, facilitators, experiential providers, and co-coordinators under the ARLF banner who have collective experience and knowledge of adaptive learning and teaching frameworks.

During the program, participants are also exposed to the wider ARLF network which includes the Chief Executive, Foundation patrons, alumni and Government and business networks throughout Australia who form an important part of session delivery and understanding of leadership in current contexts.

What it involves


You don’t use the lessons and skills gained all at once, but you tuck them all away to use can refer to the experiences and learnings years afterwards. Brianna Peake, ARLF Fellow
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