Calling for Applications for 2017 Australian Rural Leadership Program

@JCU Calling for Applications for 2017 Australian Rural Leadership Program

Calling for JCU staff to apply for 2017 Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP)


ARLP participants at Lake Argyle in the Kimberley earlier this year (all photos from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation)

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 24

Rural Australia’s premier leadership development program

50 days residential delivered in five sessions over 15 months

JCU is proud to be a sponsor of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).  The ARLP is a unique opportunity for a full-time JCU staff member to undertake a sponsored program of personal growth and change, developing the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an effective leader in multiple contexts.

The Program aims to: 

  • Develop informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, communities and rural Australia in general. 
  • Develop the ‘contextual intelligence’ leaders require to understand the drivers shaping rural and remote Australia
  • Improve the capacity and influence of leaders to contribute to and engage in all kinds of challenges – in communities, teams, organisations, industries, and policy arenas
  • Expand and develop the network of informed, capable and ethical rural and remote leaders
  • Encourage collaboration to advance and support rural and remote Australia

The ARLP develops leaders in three key areas:

  • Personal effectiveness;
  • Ethics, values, social responsibility and an appreciation of diversity; and
  • Thinking, conceptual and analytical skills.


JCU staff are invited to apply for course 24 commencing in July 2017 through to Oct 2018. Course details as shown below:


24-25 July 2017


Darwin, NT



26 July-5 August

Kimberley Region, WA


Flexible learning module


11-17 November

Melbourne, Vic


3-9 March 2018

Regional centre, (TBC)


16-29 June 2018



13-19 October 2018

Canberra, ACT

On-line applications are now open for Course 24.

To apply please complete the online application via the portal -

by 11 November 2016, including a short video.  

Short-listed applicants will participate in an interview in December 2016 or January 2017, date TBC.

Please ensure that you speak to your supervisor about your intention to apply for the ARLP, before completing the on-line application.


There are no prior education requirements applicants need to meet to undertake the Program. Rather, the ARLP is for men and women already active in leadership roles in service, research, support areas, rural communities, primary industries, and/or related infrastructure, who:

  • Want to help shape the future of remote, rural and regional Australia;
  • Have the capacity, prospects and commitment to lead at regional, state or national levels;
  • Are committed to developing and advancing a positive future for remote, rural and regional Australia;
  • Will make the commitment to attend all sessions of the Program and complete all requirements; and
  • Will contribute to and draw upon the Foundation’s Network of Fellows.



Participants can also choose to enrol (at their own cost) in a JCU GradCert whilst participating in the ARLP. On successful completion of all GradCert subjects the participant will be awarded a GradCert in Australian Rural Leadership (James Cook University).

Conduct of the Course

The Foundation’s educational approach is designed to provide opportunities and learning experiences within environments that are most likely to assist participants to make shifts in their thinking and their approach to leadership. The ARLP is based on a validated leadership model and a defined Curriculum which enables participants to develop confidence, insight and skills, and improve their effectiveness as leaders in, and for, rural Australia.

Sessions include challenge-based learning and focus on real-world subject matter. They provide opportunities to develop higher-order thinking skills that promote critical thinking and effective problem-solving strategies. Presenters and consultants are selected on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of topics / issues of strategic relevance and the skills required of leaders.


The bulk of the Program costs will be met through a JCU scholarship to the value of $55,000 incl. GST.

If you are selected for the JCU ARLP scholarship, you will be required to contribute $5,500 (incl. GST) towards the cost of your participation (which may be paid in instalments upon negotiation).

While the costs of travel and accommodation will be met from the scholarship, you will need to cover transport costs between your home and an agreed regional airport when travelling to and from sessions. You will also need to meet minor costs associated with your participation in the Program, such as occasional meals, taxis and personal incidentals.


Please contact me if you have any questions about the program.



Dr Murray Prideaux FCILTA

Discipline of  Governance and Management

College of Business, Law and Governance

James Cook University, Townsville.  QLD. 4811 AUSTRALIA

Phone: (07) 4781 4550

International: +61 7 4781 4550

Mobile: 0418 759 298

Fax: (07) 4781 4019