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Outstanding regional and rural leadership


Australian Rural Leadership Program: for established leaders

Next Programs:

Course 23, August 2016 - October 2017

Course 24, August 2017 - October 2018

54 days | Six sessions | 15 months - for established leaders

The open call for applications for Course 24 is now closed. 

What is the ARLP?

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is rural Australia’s iconic leadership development program, based on the Foundation’s decades of experience. It follows a leadership model that reflects current thinking and practice in the areas of adult education, leadership and capacity building. It consists of up to 50 days face-to-face, delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months. Five of these sessions take place in locations across Australia, and one takes place overseas. Group size is 30 to 35 leaders. Additional development occurs via flexible learning.

The ARLP concentrates on the following areas of leadership development:

  • Personal effectiveness within complex settings
  • Ethics, values and social responsibility
  • Leadership thinking, dealing with complexity and analytical capabilities
  • Industry, community and regional engagement
  • Ongoing diverse relationships for peer support across sectors and regions

Some of the educational highlights include:

  • An experiential component (to build a common, yet novel experience; develop relationships; facilitate problem-solving; take individuals outside their “comfort zone”; facilitate reliance of others as well as self)
  • Real situations (with the group working towards a goal that is of benefit to their organisations, industries and stakeholders more broadly)
  • Critical thinking (builds processes of taking in and assessing information in terms of higher order issues; reflects upon information in terms of diverse interests and needs; sees potential; manages ambiguity and complexity; questions assumptions)

Applications for Course 25 will open in August 2017.

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Course 24 details:




Induction 24-25 July 2017 Darwin, NT


26 July-5 August 2017

Kimberley Region, WA


Flexible learning module



11-17 November 2017

Melbourne, Vic


3-9 March 2018

Regional centre, (TBC)


16-29 June 2018



13-19 October 2018

Canberra, ACT


Download the brochure below for more specific details of session locations and key dates.

Access to the program

The ARLP is a scholarship-based program with a national, competitive selection process held each year.

Individual applicants are assessed initially for suitability and compatibility with available scholarships. Scholarships change from year to year.

Successful applicants are invited to interview. The final phase is to match applicants with scholarships.

The cost of the ARLP is $60,500 per person, (incl GST). Scholarships ($55,000 incl GST) are provided by investors with a commitment to building leadership capacity in rural Australia including government agencies, private companies and philanthropic groups. Course participants contribute $5,500 (Incl GST) to their program costs and to their lifetime membership of the Network of Fellows.

Who does the program?

Leaders from–or working for–rural Australia, who are committed to extending their knowledge, understanding and leadership skills, in order to be more effective and influential.

Leaders who are part of the primary sector of the Australian economy (agriculture, agribusiness, fishing, forestry and all mining and quarrying industries and the manufacturing industries associated with them).

Leaders who provide infrastructure, products and services of a material, social, cultural, economic or environmental nature; or offer policy support, advocacy, or expertise that contributes to development and resilience in primary industries and rural communities. 


James Cook University

Participants can elect to undertake a Graduate Certificate of Rural Leadership from James Cook University, while participating in the ARLP.

For more information or to register your interest, use the contact form below.

The ARLP aims to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, businesses, communities and rural Australia in general.   

The program works to improve the capacity of rural leaders to engage wherever a challenge is best addressed and wherever they can contribute most effectively. This may be within communities and industries, in the political arena or in team-based roles.


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