Shining a light on the Australian Rural Leadership Program


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Sally Leigo discussing the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Sally Leigo is the Northern Territory Project Manager at the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia. Ms Leigo is also part of this year’s cohort undertaking the Australian Rural leadership Program (ARLP).


Ms Leigo, who is sponsored by AgriFutures Australia, joins 34 other leaders from across rural, regional and remote Australia who’ll be visiting Vietnam early next year as part of their leadership journey. The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program that takes place over five sessions across Australia and Vietnam and is one of the most indepth experiential leadership development programs in the country.

It gives participants valuable opportunities to nurture, challenge and build upon their leadership skills with people from diverse communities and industries.

Ms Leigo who has a background in precision pastoralism and is also a member of the AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel, has described the experience so far has life changing.

“We’ve already spent time in a remote part of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, which is known as being a unique part of the ARLP. We were put through a series of experiences to learn about our raw leadership skills and work on improving these skills. Through our learning we learnt how to rely on each other and build each other’s capacity up as well,” said Ms Leigo.

“In my professional life I have had opportunities to lead and learnt how to with people but this course is showing me a lot more about myself, how much more I can work at bringing people along with me in leadership and I’m finding that really rewarding.”

Ms Leigo added: “I suppose I have been surprised the course has shone a light on my personal values and strengths. I am amazed at how much experience I’ve already gained by with living and working with 34 people who were strangers when we first started the course.”

Now the group have a tight bond as they look ahead to the next steps, time away in Perth and then Vietnam in February 2020.

“I would definitely encourage anyone thinking about doing this course to go ahead and apply,” said Ms Leigo.

“It will change the way you look at leadership and the way you look at yourself as well.”

Applications close this week for the 2020 Australian Rural Leadership Course 27.

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.

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.

Applications close for the ARLP Course 27 program 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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