Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

Drive positive change in your community. Join a network of forward-thinkers and work with others to shape a resilient rural community.

The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program will challenge you to develop the skills, networks, knowledge and mindset you need to lead your community into a resilient future.

Funded under the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Delivered in three sessions over six to eight weeks, you will begin by exploring concepts of adaptive leadership, change theory, self-awareness, personal and community resilience. From there, your group will move on to discuss climate science, problem-solving and creativity. And finally, scenario planning, influence and network leadership.


Understand your community and region at a deeper level.


Build leadership skills and networks.


Learn how to embed and apply resilience thinking.


Join the national network of Australian Rural Leadership Foundation alumni.


Gather, collaborate and learn with others.


Go back to your community equipped to grow its capacity to adapt to challenges like drought and changing climate.

On completion of the program, you can support resilience action in your community through Community Extension Grants. If successful, you will receive a $4,000 grant for community projects that focus on at least one of these outcomes:

  • Building long-term drought resilience and enhanced public good in agriculture dependent communities.
  • Benefitting a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups.
  • Encouraging inclusion and participation of under-represented or marginalised groups.

All applications must demonstrate co-contributions, either in-kind or from other funding sources, and broad community support.

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The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program is available in 12 regions across Australia. It is open to people from all industries and backgrounds that are 18 years and older.

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Image of a wheat field in the Northern Wheatbelt area by Liz Brennan
Western Australia

Northern Wheatbelt

Images of a rock formation in the Gascoyne by Liz Brennan
Western Australia



North East

New South Wales

North West Slopes and Plains

New South Wales



Goulburn Valley

Program underway.


Central West

Program underway.


South West

Northern Territory

Katherine region

South Australia

Eyre Peninsula

South Australia




What participants are saying

The first session was two days on zoom, (it was) just really inspiring to be honest. Just coming together and talking about what do we mean by resilience, what do we mean by leadership and how can we network in the Goulburn Valley area and make sure we do position ourselves as thought leaders and change agents to become more resilient when we talk to one another about natural disasters?
Werner Vogels
Neuropsychologist, Goulburn Valley
All people in all sorts of ways are impacted by the lack of water. We all need water, it’s the one common theme through all beings, all people, everyone, everywhere. So I think the benefits of learning about how different people at different levels are impacted can only be advantageous and have a ripply effect.
Donna Taggart
Social Worker, Goulburn Valley


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