The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) is proud to be leading the delivery of the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Program. The program comprises three key initiatives – the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program, Community Extension Grants and Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program.

The Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program is an opportunity for farmers and other rural professionals to connect 1:1 and share their knowledge and experience with each other, while also joining a national network committed to the future resilience of agriculture and regional Australia.

The Mentoring Program has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, The Hon David Littleproud MP, and you are invited to be involved:

As a Mentee

Farmers, take this opportunity to learn from other farmers or industry/climate/drought professionals, set goals and draw on the support of a mentor towards achieving them. You will have access to a range of resources including webinars and course materials in this free program. Applications are now open, click here for information and to apply.

As a Mentor

Share your knowledge, experience and expertise 1:1 with one or more farmers (mentees) from induction in October/November 2021 and through mentoring sessions between January and June 2022. Work through goals and discuss topics relevant to agriculture, drought, climate resilience, leadership and self-development. Applications are now open, click here for information and to apply.

Applications for both mentees and mentors open via the ARLF website and places are strictly limited, so please don’t delay your enquiry or application.

As a Mentoring Program Champion!

Help others by getting on board and sharing the news of this valuable program investing in farmers and their communities throughout Australia. Please pass this information onto anyone – individual or organisation – who might like to participate in this program or let us know of contacts we could let know about the Mentoring Program. Tap people in your network on the shoulder about this program today!

A Stakeholder Media Kit is available and if you would like to receive one to assist with promoting the Mentoring Program to others, please get in touch via email at


Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

An innovative community led approach to build leadership skills that benefit the regions resilience, environmental literacy and response, the Leaders Development Program aims to build a national network of leaders equipped to meet the challenges of the future.

Over three, multi-day sessions 40 participants from each region will come together to undertake a challenge-based leadership program tailored to meet the requirements of their community, delivered by facilitators committed to the viability of the region. This program is open to individuals 18 years and over, who reside and/or work within the nominated regions. There is no restriction on the industry or sector that individuals work in.

The Leaders Development Program will be held in 12 regions across Australia (including Eyre Peninsula – West SA) . Throughout the program, participants will be eligible to apply for community extension grants that aim to strengthen the future of the regions.

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