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Applications open for scholarships on Milparanga Leadership program

28 November 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders seeking to deepen their leadership skills and influence positive change are encouraged to apply for the Milparanga Established Leadership program, now open. Delivered by the Australian Rural...

Milparanga Established Leadership program inspiring positive change

28 November 2022

From advising Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, working for the Australian Red Cross and being a renowned artist/activist, to running influential Indigenous organisations and leading communities – it’s just a sample of the...

Alumni Connect November

15 November 2022

Thanks for helping us celebrate!  The 26th October finally arrived, and so did our Gala dinner.   About 270 people including ARLF alumni, representatives from sponsor organisations, staff, board (as well as former staff...

Alison Mobbs

ARLP scholarship helps leader navigate a crossroads

14 November 2022

Alison Mobbs | Agri-innovator | Rural community advocate by Claire Delahunty Alison Mobbs was at a liminal point in her life and career when she decided to apply for Course 27 of the...

Outback Initiatives helped deliver a life changing experience for ARLP participants

10 November 2022

By Matt Linnegar, ARLF chief executive The ARLF team would like to express our gratitude for the contribution Outback Initiatives has made to the Australian Rural leadership Program for over a decade. The...

ARLP Course 29 participant experience Connection and Mobilisation

9 November 2022

Written by Carly Baker-Burnham As the 7.35am Flinders Street Station train rattled into the regional village of Stratford I reflected on the mystery and anticipation of the ARLP experiences.  Always expect the unexpected!...

Regional leaders tackle local challenges together towards solutions

8 November 2022

Attracting foot traffic to flood affected CBDs; a ‘brains trust’ of locals with expertise, influence and networks to help with flood recovery and future challenges; and identifying community resources and skills are among...

Regional leaders tackle local challenges together towards solutions

20 October 2022

Mental health support, youth engagement, the housing shortage and bridging the country-city divide are challenges local leaders will work on together, towards solutions. 21 current and emerging leaders from across the Border, NSW...

Our commitment to a diversity and inclusion

18 October 2022

The ARLF has 6 key values, one of these values is to respect different perspectives. As part of our commitment and action to a diverse and inclusive workplace, and within our program delivery,...

ALUMNI CONNECT OCTOBER

13 October 2022

The monthly column from our Alumni Engagement Manager. With our 30th Anniversary Gala dinner on our doorstep, we are deep in the detail of bringing this event together. It’s starting to feel very...

Mentoring program to connect rural Aussies

11 October 2022

Applications will be open from 17 October to 14 November 2022 for a mentoring and leadership development program connecting rural Australians aged 18 to 35 with mentors from across the country.   Delivered over...

Building leadership capability to fight fires and lead community resilience and recovery

6 October 2022

Despite the current wet Spring, the bushfire season is upon us. It’s inevitable memories of the Black Summer bushfires will be front of mind.   “The Orroral Valley fire of January 2020, following...

How mentoring bridges the gap between industry and academia

27 September 2022

What’s an IPO? This unexpected question from a group of biomedicine PhD students started Paul Wood on a journey that would bridge the gap between industry and academia using an old knowledge-sharing system...

The next 30 years

27 September 2022

Our monthly column from Chief Executive Matt Linnegar. As we draw closer to celebrating 30 years of our organisation and its impact on October 26, we also reflect on its history. We ponder...

A group of alumni and ARLF staff standing on a staircase at the Rural Women's Awards 2022

Alumni connect September

12 September 2022

The monthly column from our Alumni Engagement Manager. It’s always fantastic to hear about the great work of our alumni. But I have to say that in the last few weeks - every...

Leadership development opportunity for Charters Towers to the Reef community

8 September 2022

Reef Ecologic, together with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ALRF) and theRegional Australia Institute (RAI) invite regional leaders to an upcoming Future Forum inTownsville - aimed at strengthening the region’s network of local...

Leadership development opportunity for Northern Rivers community

1 September 2022

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Northern Rivers, together with the Australian RuralLeadership Foundation (ARLF) and the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) invite regionalleaders to an upcoming Northern Rivers Future Forum in Ballina aimed at strengthening...

Local NFP groups sought as lead partners in 35 regions across remote, rural and regional areas

29 August 2022

Following the announcement by Senator The Hon. Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) are pleased to...

Building Eurobodalla’s leadership capability  

25 August 2022

Regenerate Eurobodalla – a leadership development program designed in response to the 2019-20 bushfires – is currently open for applications. Its objective is to build leadership capacity within the community to help with...

Emerging leaders encouraged to apply for Milparanga Leadership program

25 August 2022

The Milparanga Emerging Leadership program – an 8-day leadership development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the early stages of leadership - is currently open for applications.  Delivered by the...

Experiencing Garma Festival

25 August 2022

The monthly column from our Chief Executive Matt Linnegar. I recently had the absolute privilege to participate in the 2022 Garma Festival in North East Arnhem Land (thanks to the invitation of Telstra)....

Leadership development forum heads to NSW/VIC Border

23 August 2022

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ALRF) inviteregional leaders to its next Future Forum to be held in Albury - aimed at strengthening the region’snetwork of local leaders...

Alumni connect August

19 August 2022

The monthly column from our Alumni Engagement Manager. The ARLF team and I had the pleasure of meeting up with our Cairns-based alumni in late July. In conjunction with our retreat in sunny...

Building Eurobodalla’s leadership capability to prepare for future emergencies and opportunities

12 August 2022

Regenerate Eurobodalla – a leadership development program designed in response to the 2019-20 bushfires – is currently open for applications. Its objective is to build leadership capacity within the community to help with...

Building leadership capability to fight fires that have no boundaries

9 August 2022

Regenerate Capital Region – a leadership development program designed in response to the 2019-20 bushfires – is currently open for applications. Its objective is to build a network of leaders that crosses borders...

Unique program supports regional leaders driving change

4 August 2022

A unique new program designed to bolster leadership across regional Australia is set to support communities to meet challenges and drive the positive changes they want to see. The Leading Australian Resilient Communities...

Unique program supports regional leaders driving change

4 August 2022

A unique new program designed to bolster leadership across regional Australia is set tosupport communities to meet challenges and drive the positive changes they want to see. The Leading Australian Resilient Communities (LARC)...

Alumni connect July

15 July 2022

The monthly column from our Alumni Engagement Manager. On Monday, we sent out the 2022 Alumni Survey and so many of you have already responded. Thanks to all of you who have taken...

The meaning of NAIDOC Week

14 July 2022

A column by 2021 Milparanga Leadership program alumna Annette McCarthy My mother is Warumungu, she was a culturally strong woman who spoke her language. Her Country is within the plains of the Barkley...

How a mentor helped Djugun woman Jaala Ozies find her own way of changing outcomes for Kimberley youth

6 July 2022

When Australian Rural Leadership Program alumna and former ARLF board member, Anna Carr, sat beside Djugun woman Jaala Ozies on the night of her Milparanga Leadership program graduation, Anna knew it wouldn’t be...

Apply now for iconic Australian RuraL Leadership Program

30 June 2022

Applications are currently open for the Australian Rural Leadership Program announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).  “Applications are encouraged from individuals committed to and ready to respond...

Participant initiatives help communities face future droughts

27 June 2022

Twelve groups and five individuals from five drought-prone regions share $152,000 in grant funding to prepare their communities for future droughts. The in-total 38 grant recipients are part of a cohort of 132...

Measuring your impact

21 June 2022

Firstly, I would like to encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for our alumni survey to be sent out early July.   With over 2,000 alumni in the network and just in...

Enriching leadership with voluntarism

21 June 2022

Last month I was reading a few articles about National Volunteer Week and the role volunteers play in society.   Voluntarism is a significant but undervalued aspect of building social capital in our...

Building Community leadership capacity in Snowy Valleys

7 June 2022

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is bringing a free regional leadershipdevelopment program to the people of Snowy Valleys. The eight-day program, entitled Regenerate Snowy Valleys, runs across four days inSeptember and then again...

First Nations leaders announced

3 June 2022

Seventeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders graduated from the 2022 Milparanga Established Leadership Program in late May.  After 9-days on program, the cohort was the first to complete Milparanga program designed and...

Leadership collaboration a lever for change

27 May 2022

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, along with partner organisations the Regional Australia Institute, Leadership Victoria, Leadership Western Australia, the Leaders Institute of South Australia, and Tasmanian Leaders has been successful in receiving funding...

From the platform to the stage

26 May 2022

Written by Andrew Bryant I wasn’t expecting to be standing on the platform of Flinders Street Station, approaching perfect strangers to ask them about their thoughts on leadership.  Couldn’t we get to our destination...

Regenerate Nambucca Valley kicks off in Bowraville

26 May 2022

For Heidi March, Regenerate Nambucca Valley was an opportunity to connect with the community and hear people’s stories and perspectives after the bushfire events of 2019.  She was one of fourteen leaders from across the...

Meet our team – Kas

29 April 2022

With more leadership programs on the horizon, our team is growing faster than ever. Join us as we introduce our newest and established team members. This time, Kas Al-Shehari. Apart from supporting our growing...

First Milparanga for emerging leaders  

27 April 2022

From the vast Central Australian Desert to the tropical islands of the Torres Strait, the first Milparanga Emerging Leadership cohort was as much a leadership as a culturally immersive experience for the 25...

Partner conference brings alumni together

20 April 2022

By Alumni Engagement Manager Julia Strang The National Farmers' Federation Conference was held on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra on 5 and 6 April. I was a last-minute call-up, and it was a fantastic...

Notice from company secretary to members

4 April 2022

This notice is issued under the Constitution of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).   I call for expressions of interest to fill a casual vacancy on the Board of Directors of the ARLF. ...

First Nations leadership program cohort announced 

23 March 2022

We are excited to announce the Milparanga Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Emerging and Established Leadership Program cohorts. A total of 45 participants hail from every state and territory, span an age group...

Upcoming fundraiser your chance to give back

23 March 2022

As a not-for-profit, we rely on our valued partners and sponsors who, in turn, believe in the value of and our ability to develop changemakers and adaptive leaders committed to the great good.  ...

Meet the 29th Australian Rural Leadership Program 

18 March 2022

28 diverse rural leaders have been selected as the 29th cohort of the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Program to commence in June 2022.  The line-up includes a Social Entrepreneur from Deeragun (QLD), an...

ARLP 27 graduates

11 March 2022

Courage, tenacity, and resilience - what started with the onset of a pandemic, ended in a celebration of new normal with a cohort better equipped to lead change than any other. Congratulations to...

Welcome to our new and farewell to our departing team members

23 February 2022

February has been a busy month for our growing team with a number of new appointments, internal shuffles and, sadly, also farewells. Welcome Lesley   Lesley Vick joined us as the Coordinator Project Support...

Welcome to our new alumni engagement manager

23 February 2022

Please join us in welcoming Julia Strang as our new Alumni Engagement Manager.   Julia has been working for the Foundation since August 2021, supporting the Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Team with stakeholder engagement...

Have your say on our Reconciliation Action Plan  

22 February 2022

We are glad to announce that we have begun working on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  As an organisation that supports reconciliation with strong internal support from its leadership...

Leadership development for Nambucca Valley community champions

22 February 2022

Under the banner of ‘Regenerate Regional Leadership’ the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is bringing a regional leadership development program to people in the Nambucca Valley. Across 8 days between May and August 2022,...

Drought resilience leadership development underway in the Northern Wheatbelt

16 February 2022

Farmers and people working in agriculture and natural resource management, including local business owners, communication managers, volunteers and a teacher are amongst 38 people from the Northern Wheatbelt who today commenced the Drought...

Drought resilience leadership development underway in the Eyre Peninsula

16 February 2022

Farmers and people working in agriculture, including local business owners, bankers, administrative staff and a hair salon owner are amongst 19 people from the Eyre Peninsula who commenced the Drought Resilience Leaders Development...

Drought Resilience Leadership Development underway in New South Wales

14 February 2022

Farmers and people working in agriculture, local business owners, financial services providers and health professionals are amongst 35 people from the North West Slopes and Plains region of New South Wales who have...

Central West Queensland graduates launch drought resilience initiatives

11 February 2022

Central West Queensland local participants who have completed the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program have received a total of $64,000 in Community Engagement Grants to support initiatives the...

COVID-19 Policy now in effect

13 December 2021

At the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, we pride ourselves on the incredible diversity and reach that our network has across regional, remote and rural communities and beyond. As we approach 2022 and easing...

Our first cohort meets

8 November 2021

From ‘this is my second Zoom meeting’ to family members offering advice ‘now you can see everyone’ - hiccups with technology and even technology itself didn’t take away from the ambience of a...

Associates deliver successful hybrid program for SARRAH

9 September 2021

Some called it the séance machine, but adapting to Zoom and Teams during the first 2020 lockdown simply felt odd. Phrases that became all too familiar to us include - are you there,...

Building Leadership Resilience for the Future

17 June 2021

  Rural leaders across Australia will soon have access to leadership training and a mentoring program with a focus on building drought resilience, with the launch today of the Future Drought Fund’s Drought...

ARLF Thanks to Tim and Gina Fairfax

19 May 2021

Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax were guests of honour at a recent ARLF luncheon in Brisbane attended by five of the 13 recipients of a Tim Fairfax Family Foundation ARLP scholarship. The...

In search of ‘risk absorber’ foundations

20 April 2021

This paper shines a light on the complexity of the philanthropic ecosystem and the diverse roles that foundations can play as intermediaries in supporting charities to achieve their mission or purpose (Williamson AK,...

A global network for rural leadership

20 April 2021

JD Dunbar, RULE Leadership Program Director in Pennsylvania USA, has credited the ARLF’s Chief Executive, Matt Linnegar with the idea to engage Rural Leaders from across the globe in the first Rural and...

April 2021 update

20 April 2021

Following many months of disruption and uncertainty on a national and global scale, the ARLF has successfully completed sessions for multiple leadership programs involving participants from across the nation coming together in shared...

Indonesian leader carries powerful imprint

20 March 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has benefitted from the generosity of in-country leaders guiding leadership cohorts through its cultural immersion sessions. Through an exchange of culture and knowledge, these leaders become an invaluable...

ARLF to lead consortia to deliver Drought program

12 January 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in conjunction with consortia partners the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) has welcomed the announcement today from...

Meet our team – Emily Pillow

4 September 2020

Growing up on a small farm outside of Wagga, I never understood the hold the country had on me until I left. In my final year of school, the question that often accompanied...

Meet our team – Stacey Pyke

3 September 2020

As a daughter of a dairy farmer growing up on the family farm in Maroon, South East Queensland, there were a few certainties in my life – the cows would be milked twice...

Team photo

Regional collaboration and vision harnessed in WA Leadership Program

17 May 2020

The South West region of Western Australia is a complex area, encompassing stunning tourism drawcards like Margaret River, alongside industrial towns feeling their way in a post-resources-boom environment. Each regional community has different...