Australian Rural Leadership Program
Information for Applicants for Course 27 - August 2020 to October 2021
The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is an education program for people
who are leaders and want to support a resilient rural, regional and remote Australia.
Individuals who undertake the program work collaboratively within industries, supply
chains, communities and other rural and regional service sectors.
The program offers challenging experiences to support leadership development in three
key learning areas:
ethics, values, social responsibility and an appreciation of diversity; and
thinking, conceptual and analytical skills.
There are no prior formal education requirements. Applicants must:
demonstrate leadership within rural, regional or remote Australia;
want to help build a resilient remote, rural and regional Australia;
have the capacity and commitment to lead within their community, industry or
make the commitment to attend all sessions of the program and complete all
contribute to and draw upon the Foundation’s Network of Fellows.
Timing of selection, scholarship offers and course sessions
Selection is competitive. Following the short-listing of applicants, the Foundation
conducts interviews in regional locations in November - December 2019. Decision on the
allocation of scholarships is usually finalised by December 2019.
Residential sessions comprising more than 50 days of face-to-face learning, are held
July/August 2020 (Darwin, NT and Kimberley, WA)
November 2020 (Location to be advised)
February 2021 (Location to be advised)
May/June 2021 (Vietnam)
October 2021 (Canberra, ACT)
The Australian Rural Leadership Program is accredited by James Cook University (JCU) at
graduate certificate level and participants can choose to enroll in this option.
The bulk of the Program costs will be met through a scholarship that will be funded by a
sponsor. If you are selected for the Program, you will be required to contribute $5,500
towards the cost of your participation (which may be paid in installments upon
While the costs of travel and accommodation will be met from the scholarship, you will
need to cover transport costs between your home and an agreed regional airport when
travelling to and from sessions. You will also need to meet minor costs associated with your
participation in the Program, such as occasional meals, taxis and personal incidentals.