More than $11 million for Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders program

The program has been developed to give farmers and others in regional communities the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through leadership development and mentoring to help build local drought resilience with 143 mentees and 117 mentors already selected for round one of the program.

The Federal Government is partnering with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) to create a new generation of drought resilient leaders.

“The mentoring program joins farmers and those with a close connection to agriculture with experienced industry professionals for a chance to learn about drought preparedness from those who have lived and worked through the issue themselves.

This is just the beginning, as the mentoring program will involve 300 mentees matched with 250 mentors nationally. A network will be developed to bring participants together to continue to share knowledge and experience.

Any interested farmers and those employed in the agricultural sector to contact ARLF to find out how they can get involved.

And you don’t need to be a part of the program to be involved. There are also a series of webinars to June 2022 with a focus on drought and climate, supporting resilience on farms and communities. The next webinar is on 18 November 2021 around ‘why there is a place for everyone in ag’.

The Federal Government is fostering a new generation of young and emerging leaders and encouraging learning and knowledge sharing to the benefit of Australian agriculture and the communities and livelihoods that depend on it.”

See theses links for more information on the FDF. For more information on the ARLF. To get involved in the upcoming webinar visit.

Move quickly to lodge an application:

  • Applications for round two of the program close on 19 November 2021; a third round will open in January 2022.
  • A sub-component of the Drought Resilience Leaders program is a national webinar series, open to everyone. The second webinar is on 18 November 2021.