Applications open for iconic 2020 Australian Rural Leadership Program


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Applications are now open for the 2020 Australian Rural Leadership (ARLP) Program. The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program that takes place over five sessions across Australia and Vietnam.

Over 30 $50,000 scholarships are available for people working in or wanting to contribute to the development of rural, regional and remote Australia and AgriFutures Australia is pleased to sponsor a participant in each cohort.

Ms Sally Leigo from Darwin is one of 35 people from across Australia in the 2019 group. Ms Leigo, who is sponsored by AgriFutures Australia, is the NT Project Manager at the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia and comes from a sheep and cattle property in NSW.

Ms Leigo has strong stakeholder skills as well as a background in precision pastoralism and she is also a member of the AgriFutures TM Ignite Advisory Panel.

The ARLP is Australia’s longest and most in-depth experiential leadership program. It gives participants valuable opportunities to nurture, challenge and build upon their leadership skills with people from diverse communities and industries.

Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) said the group will form lifelong friendships and a network that extends beyond their course to the wider 1,400 plus alumni of the Foundation.

“The 2019 participants have taken part in a rigorous and competitive selection process to be chosen for Course 26 of the ARLP, and I’m excited to get to know them,” said Mr Linnegar.

The participants have already commenced their first session of the program in Darwin and the Kimberley, WA for an outdoor component of the program.

The ARLP 2020 program is now open and applications close on Friday 30 August, 2019. Interviews will be conducted between 23 October and 8 November 2019.

For more information and to apply for the 2020 program, the application can be found here:

If you know someone who would be suitable for the program, please full out the Shoulder Tap form and they will be notified.


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