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Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Leadership Program Scholarships

This industry funded scholarship is proudly supported by The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)


Feedlot industry representatives looking to enhance their leadership skills are encouraged to apply for the industry scholarship funded jointly by grain fed levies and the Australian government.


Each year, a scholarships is awarded for the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), and two scholarship places are awarded for the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Training Rural Australians In Leadership (TRAIL) Program, which are all administered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is based on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s (ARLF) 26 years of experience, with a leadership model that reflects current thinking and practice in the areas of adult education, leadership and capacity building.

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

  • The ARLP is conducted over a 16 month period and includes five face-to-face sessions comprising up to 54 contact days.


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)

industRy Scholarship available


The industry scholarship, supported by ALFA & MLA, are to the value of the program ($55,000).

Scholars contribute $5,000 plus gst towards program costs and covers a lifetime membership of the Network of Fellows.

industry scholarship recipients

JBS Riverina Feedlot Manager, Will McCrohon, was awarded the 2017 Grain Fed Beef Industry ARLP Scholarship

key dates - COURSE 30
  • Session 1: 12 – 26 June 2023

  • Session 2: 17-26 October 2023

  • Session 3: 14-19 April 2024

  • Session 4: 3-12 September 2024

  • Graduation: September 2024
    *Session dates are preliminary and may change.

key dates - COURSE 31
  • Applications Close:  16 July, 2023

    • Session 1: June 2024 // 12 days, Regional NSW

    • Session 2: October 2024 // 10 days, New Zealand

    • Session 3: April 2025 // 6 days, Regional Victoria

    • Session 4: August 2025 // 10 days, Central Australia

    • Graduation: September 2025
      *Session dates are preliminary and may change.


If you are a leader in the lot feeding industry and have a genuine commitment to the ‘greater good’ of rural, regional and remote Australia - you should apply. 

The application process for the ARLP is competitive and rigorous. Only 25 to 30 funded places are available via scholarships from industry sponsors (like ALFA and MLA). Valued at $55,000 per participant, each scholarship is matched with an applicant aligning with the sponsor’s industry, sector or purpose. The ARLF nominate the most suitable candidate. ALFA and MLA are not directly involved in the selection process, however do endorse the final selection.

More information can be found on the ARLF website here.


Complete the ARLP Application Form for the next available Course via the button below and/or register your interest via the form below to be notified when applications open.


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