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National Farmers' Federation

The National Agricultural Leadership Program (NALP) is the flagship leadership and capability development program for Australian agriculture. This program provides provide targeted activities and unique experiences in leadership, advocacy, and policy development. It uses a whole-of-agriculture perspective to build networks across industry and create the next generation of leaders for Australian agriculture.

NALP has three components:

  1. Advocacy Retreat
  2. Policy Project
  3. Mentoring Program

The program will run for five months starting in July 2024. It will begin with introductory webinars before the Advocacy Retreat which will occur alongside the NFF’s Leaders’ Summit. Other activities will follow the Advocacy Retreat and finish with a Graduation on 21 November 2024. The program is free for all participants and supports long-term development and learning.

Key dates

Advocacy Retreat

The Advocacy Retreat is a three-day workshop in Canberra that introduces you to agricultural advocacy. During the retreat you will learn about how the NFF advocates, processes for decision-making and methods for policy development. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet key stakeholders in agricultural advocacy, government, and politics.  A few topics covered during the retreat are:

  • What is policy? 
  • Introduction to Parliament 
  • Introduction to the public service 
  • Private sector government relations 
  • What is leadership? 
  • Agriculture and the public service 

Policy Project

The Policy Project will allow you to deep dive and implement what you learnt in the Advocacy Retreat and pitch new ideas to the NFF. Following the retreat, you will have a chance to research an issue in agriculture and prepare a paper and presentation on a potential solution. 

This project will provide direct experience in developing new ideas, researching policy challenges and potential solutions, developing evidence-based policy and the ongoing advocacy process inside the NFF.  

Mentoring Program

Before the Advocacy Retreat you will be matched with an industry leader as part of an ongoing mentoring program. For the duration of the program you are able to work with successful industry leaders as you implement the skills and tools developed throughout the program. It is also an opportunity to work through issues and challenges they face as they deploy their new leadership and policy skills in real-life contexts.   

To view our applicant guide click here. 

For more information please contact Program Manager Bec Wilde (e) rwilde@nff.org.au (p) 6269 5627.

2024 Partner

This program wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partner Telstra and their commitment to Australian agricultural advocacy and supporting emerging leaders across the sector.

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