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Outstanding regional and rural leadership


New-look ARLP to begin with Course 23

New-look ARLP to begin with Course 23
Dear ARLP Fellows, partners and friends

The Australian Rural Leadership Program Course 22 will commence in the Kimberley next month and as you know, from 30 April we will launch the open call for applications for our 23rd cohort of rural, regional and remote leaders. The timing of the call for applications is slightly later than usual, and the reasons for this are outlined below. If you have been encouraging others to apply or spreading awareness of the applications period, we thank you for your patience.

Over the past six months the Foundation has gone out to our network of alumni and partners to seek feedback for our continual improvement and evolution of Foundation programs. This has included the revision and updating of our Program curriculum and syllabus. In response to our review and your feedback, we will be introducing structural changes to the ARLP from Course 23.

Our leadership model and education framework is unique and effective, however, with further development, we can achieve even better outcomes and provide a Program that is more accessible and responsive to the leadership required for rural and regional Australia. We will draw on contemporary learning modalities and provide more opportunities for our leaders to participate from their own context.

Key changes include:

·         Getting the balance right between the number of residential days, leadership in each participants own context and ensuring opportunity for leadership growth

·         This has led to the introduction of flexible delivery modules focussing on the ‘leader in context’ –structured learning for leaders in-situ = to 7 days contact dispersed throughout Program duration

·         Total program days will marginally reduce from 59 to 54 and the number of participant residential session days from 59 to 47 days

·         The Foundation will increase its support for participants over non-residential days

·         A shift in program duration from 17 months to 15 months

·         Altering the commencement and completion dates from May (Yr1) and September (Yr2) in Course 22 to commencement in August (Yr1) – complete October (Yr2) for Course 23.

·         Return of the final ARLP session to Canberra to maximise partner engagement with the cohort and Foundation

Course 23 – dates and locations





9 – 20 August 2016

Kimberley WA


Flexible learning module



19 – 25 November 2016

Melbourne, Vic


11 – 17 February 2017

Regional centre, Qld (TBC)


13 – 26 May 2017



14 – 21 October 2017

Canberra, ACT


On Thursday 30 April, applications will open for ARLP Course 23. We have established an online application portal that will require candidates to submit through an online form, there is also the option to upload a short video. We encourage you to review this portal when it opens via http://rural-leaders.com.au/programs/australian-rural-leadership-program-for-established-leaders.

Key dates:


C23 Milestone

30 April 2015

C23 Online applications open

31 August 2015

Applications close

September 2015

Shortlist for interview

October – November 2015

National interview circuit

December 2015

Scholarship recipient confirmation with partners and notification to participant

February 2016

ARLP Course 23 announced

August 2016

ARLP Course 23 commences


Finally, as you may be aware, ARLP participants are required to make a financial contribution to their development. For over 10 years this fee has remained stable and from ARLP Course 23, the participant contribution will be raised $4,400 to $5,500 incl. GST.

We would like to invite you to provide feedback and thoughts you may have on the evolution of the ARLP. Please feel free to contact the Foundation on (02) 6281 0680 and speak with CEO Matt Linnegar – mattl@rural–leaders.com.au or other staff members.

For 22 years, the Foundation has played a significant role in the leadership of many individuals working in or for rural and regional Australia. We are proud of our over-900 alumni, and the long term relationships we have with our partners.

Thank you for your support of the Foundation and our work to develop ‘outstanding regional and rural leadership’.


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