Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 - Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Applications for Course 27 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) open today, announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program that takes place over five sessions, across Australia and Vietnam. Over 30 scholarships are available for individuals from a range of different industries and communities from across rural, regional and remote Australia.

‘This is a life-changing opportunity for people working in regional Australia. I was privileged to complete the program in 2001 and it had a powerful impact on my perspectives, networks and career,’ said Matt.

The Foundation’s generous partners provide a $55,000 scholarship for participants to undertake the program. The program focuses on developing courageous, values-driven leaders who can lead in different contexts and complexities. Participants will be immersed in a series of unique experiences that build behavioural intelligence, respectful influence and confidence within themselves.

“The ARLP gave me the confidence and drive to make the significant transition from management to company director, gradually becoming a decision maker within industry forums rather than simply asking for decisions to be made.  I draw upon my ARLP experience in facing the many challenges which arise in the boardroom,” said Caroline Rhodes, ARLP Graduate – Course 16.   

‘People working in primary industries, agribusiness, the arts, policy and advocacy, health, economic development and the environment sector are encouraged to apply,’ said Matt.

‘I have noticed that a vast number of regional leaders are modest, they don’t necessarily see themselves as leaders. This year we are calling on people to tap a leader in their community on the shoulder and encourage them to apply,’ said Matt.

The ARLP has been developing stronger leadership within the communities and industries of rural, regional and remote Australia for over 26 years. Graduates of the ARLP continue to influence change and have a positive impact in regional Australia.

‘Hand on my heart, no holds barred, the ARLP changed my life. It turned me from a leader who was a proper little upstart, who didn’t realise she had so much to learn, to realising the power of vulnerability and the power of asking for help,’ said Catherine Marriot, ARLP Graduate – Course 17.


The program will run from July 2020 to October 2020.

Applications for ARLP Course 27 will close on Monday 30 August 2019.

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