Australian Rural Leadership Program

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

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

Session dates for ARLP Course 27 have been impacted by the COVID-19 health pandemic. Please visit the news page for further information.


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

How to apply

Register your interest in ARLP C28 here. We’ll be in touch once program dates are confirmed. 

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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