TRAIL – Emerging leaders

TRAIL is a cross-sector, challenge-based leadership program for Australia’s emerging rural leaders.

The program takes diverse people from different occupations, communities and backgrounds and expands their leadership skills.

The program includes a challenging four-day outdoor leadership experience, along with numerous workshops, panel sessions and seminars aimed at building and developing leadership skills.

Dates and location

The next TRAIL program will be delivered over 7 days from 9 to 15 March 2023 and is limited to 30 participants.

Learning intentions

  • Increased awareness of the fundamental practices of leadership and the associated behaviours
  • Exploring adaptive strategies to address complex issues and situations
  • The creation of peer networks for future collaboration and support

Highlights of the program

TRAIL helps participants develop a strong platform of skills, attributes, and knowledge, enabling emerging leaders to engage more effectively in their organisations, communities and industries.


  • Develop awareness of how behaviour impacts on the relationships with others
  • Explore adaptive strategies to address complex issues and situations
  • Increase awareness of our six practices of leadership
  • Use reflection as an essential tool for leadership
  • Build peer networks for future collaboration and support
  • Explore a range of areas relevant to leadership; including ethics, values, social responsibility, negotiation, communication, critical thinking.


  • Undertake a psychometric assessment to expand understanding of self and others
  • Experiential learning challenges to take participants out of their comfort zone.
  • Practical opportunities to understand and practice leadership
  • Experiencing leadership behaviour through the leadership stories of others.
  • Supporting participants to deconstruct complex situations and assumptions through exposure to topical issues for rural, regional and remote Australia
  • Initiating structured pathways for future leadership development, including personal leadership development plans.
  • The promotion of collaborative leadership practices

You should undertake the program if you:

  • are an emerging rural leader
  • want to increase your leadership knowledge
  • want to gain exposure to key role models
  • want to develop a supportive network of peers

What does it cost?

TRAIL is an open enrolment fee-for-service program. Some participants self-fund, while others obtain support from their industry or workplace.

The cost of TRAIL is $10,450 (inclusive of GST) per participant.

A participant contribution of $220 (inclusive of GST) is required to secure your place on the program. You may also be required to fund some of the components of the program which will be outlined in a welcome letter when you are accepted on this program.

How to register

Organisations wishing to purchase places on the program – complete this registration form.

Individuals wanting to apply – complete this registration form.

More information

Please call 02 6281 0680 or email info@rural-leaders.org.au

My identity as a farmer now has added dimensions, and I want to take the time to find out what my long-term impact can be.

Tim Eyes, 2021 TRAIL graduate