Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Program

Building Resilient Leaders for the Future

The ARLF is calling on those committed to strengthening the future of their region to be part of a national network of leaders, formed through participation in the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Program.

In collaboration with key partners, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation will bring together a wealth of resources, skills and experience including our influential national network of alumni, associates and partners, to provide a program that is innovative, future focused and tailored to reflect region-specific issues and opportunities.

Successful participants will grow their networks, knowledge and skills with a focus on building future drought resilience – for individuals, communities, organisations and industries.

The program will bring together committed and passionate people with a wide range of interests and experience including (but not limited to) young people, Indigenous Australians, women, people working in business, natural resource management, industry and new immigrants.

There are three elements to the Drought Resilience Leaders Program including:

Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program (DRLM)

Open to farmers and other agriculture and industry professionals across Australia

Be part of a network of mentors and mentees sharing knowledge and experience to build future drought resilience in farming enterprises and rural communities. Mentees will be paired with a mentor to explore topics relating to self-development and agricultural operations including sustainable farming practices, environment and ecosystem management, diversification, etc.

There are no geographical requirements to participate in DRLM and the program will be conducted primarily online so wherever you are in Australia, take this opportunity to invest in yourself, your business and region.


DRLM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Click here

Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program (DRLDP)

Open to participants from the following regions across Australia:

VIC | Goulburn Valley – applications currently open and close 5 August
QLD | Central West – applications opening 5 August
WA | Northern Wheatbelt
WA | Gascoyne- Murchison
VIC | Mallee
QLD | South West
SA | Eyre Peninsula – West
SA | Murray Lands
NSW | Western
NSW | North West Slopes & Plains
NT | Katherine region
TAS | North East

If you feel connected to any of the above regions, we encourage you to apply!

These programs will be run at different times in 2021 and 2022.

An opportunity for emerging leaders to develop contemporary, evidence-based leadership skills that benefit their community’s drought and environmental literacy and response.

Over three, multi-day sessions participants from each region will come together to undertake a challenge-based leadership program tailored to meet the requirements of their community, delivered by facilitators committed to the viability of the region.

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DRLDP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Click here

Community Extension Grants (CEGs)

Open to participants in the Leaders Development Program

Available to those who are undertaking or have completed the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program, participants can access Community Extension Grants for projects that will share their knowledge and benefit their rural communities.

CEG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Click here


ARLF is proud to be collaborating with key partners to deliver this program including:

For more information please email droughtresilience@rural-leaders.org.au or call 02 6281 0680.

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