ARLF CEO Matt Linnegar, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), the cotton industry’s participant in course 27 of the ARLP Ruth Redfern, and ARLF Director Anna Carr at Government House, Canberra.

Seeking cotton leaders: Applications for the ARLP now open!


Applications are being sought from rural leaders interested in undertaking the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation's highly regarded Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).

The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program which takes place across Australia and overseas, immersing rural, regional and remote participants in a series of unique experiences to develop their leadership capabilities. It is one of Australia’s longest running and most prestigious development programs, designed to accelerate leadership capability for the greater good of rural Australia.

Over 30 $50,000 scholarships are available for people working in or wanting to contribute to the development of rural, regional and remote Australia - including up to two cotton industry scholarships, proudly supported by CRDC, Cotton Australia and Auscott Limited. 

The cotton industry has a long history of supporting the ARLP, with CRDC having funded the program for 25 years. Many ARLP alumni are well known for their contributions to the industry, including CRDC’s Allan Williams, Cotton Australia’s Adam Kay, and Auscott Limited’s Bernie George.

The most recent leaders supported to undertake the program with support from CRDC, Cotton Australia and Auscott Limited are: Justin McMillan (Course 28), Ruth Redfern (Course 27), Chantal Corish (also supported by Prime Super) and Rod Gordon (Course 26); Fleur Anderson and John Durham (Course 25); and Richard Malone and Tim Chaffey (Course 24).

ARLF Chief Executive and program alumni Matt Linnegar said that the success of the program relies on bringing together a diverse and inclusive cohort of leaders from different backgrounds, industries, communities, and professions.

“Continued investment in leadership development through programs like ARLP is critical as rural, regional and remote Australia responds to the challenges presented by drought, national disasters and Covid,” Matt said.

Applications for ARLP Course 29 close on Sunday 29 August 2021. For more information and to apply, visit the ARLF website