National Farmers' Federation


The NFF is committed to building the next generation of leaders in Australian agriculture. The NFF runs a number of leadership initiatives that develop your skills and experience across policy, advocacy, and industry engagement.

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Expressions of Interest

The NFF has several leadership programs. Complete the form below to register your interest and stay up to date with the latest program offerings here

National Agricultural Leadership Program

The National Agricultural Leadership Program (NALP) is an annual leadership program for young and emerging leaders in agriculture. It builds your leadership skills and provides direct experience in policy development, advocacy, governance and communications and media.   

The NALP has four components:

  1. Leadership Workshop – three-day intensive workshop in Canberra, meeting with key stakeholders in agriculture including, federal politicians, government departments, media and private sector lobbyists.
  2. Policy Project – experience researching and developing a new policy on a key issue facing agriculture.
  3. Inspiring Speakers Webinars – webinars from leaders in agriculture talking about their leadership journey.
  4. Mentoring Program – specific mentoring to support ongoing leadership and development.

Each of these are designed to complement one another and give you interesting and engagement experiences in what the NFF does in agricultural advocacy. At the end of the NALP you are well placed to use your skills in agriculture, advocacy organisations and your local communities.

Young Farmer’s Council

The Young Farmers’ Council is a new initiative to increase youth engagement with the NFF. The Council gives young producers an opportunity to contribute to NFF policy and share ideas and activities to engage more young people in policy and advocacy.

The Council provides an opportunity for members to:

  • Share information about youth focused activities across Australian agriculture
  • Discuss policy relevant to young producers
  • Gain exposure to policy issues and advocacy structures
  • Build networks across industry organisations
  • Gain experience developing and advocating policy the promotes young people in Australian agriculture

Council members also have the opportunity to work with Telstra to promote digital adoption and innovation within Australian agriculture


Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program (DiALP) is the flagship program of the National Farmers’ Federation. As part of the NFF’s 2030 Roadmap for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry, the NFF has a goal to double the number of women in agriculture’s management roles by 2030. The program is designed to support this goal and increase the representation of women in leadership ranks of Australian agriculture.

The program offers unique experiences to increase women’s leadership knowledge and capability and opportunities to build networks within industry. The program is a mentoring opportunity, open to women with a connection to the sector and are passionate about being a part of the future of agriculture.

Main components:

  • 2-day leadership retreat in Canberraan intensive bootcamp that combines a series of workshops where participants gain practical skills in media training, approaching ministers, networking, and personal development. Participants are introduced to industry leaders and take part in meetings at Parliament House with Ministers.
  • Mentoring program5-month, one-on-one mentoring program, the participants are carefully matched with an experienced mentor. In these sessions, participants work to identify leadership goals and steps to get there.
  • Inspiring speaker webinar series Participants attend small, intimate webinar sessions with guests such as the Chief Executive Officer of Foodbank Australia, Brianna Casey, former NSW Agriculture Minister the Hon. Niall Blair, and Chair of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

To learn more about the program, click here. 

Australia-China Agricultural Youth Program

The Australia-China Agricultural Youth Program is a five-day farm tour that is full of unforgettable experiences. The tour will take you from paddock-to-port and show you multiple farms to give you the full story on Australian agriculture. You’ll get to experience hands-on activities on farm, meet producers and exporters, and build connections with other like-minded students along the way. Not only will you learn about Australian agriculture, but you’ll be able to experience the iconic sights of Australia, taste local produce and immerse yourself in rural life! 

The Australia-China Agriculture Youth Tour will run twice over the next 12 months. 

For more information contact the Leadership Projects Coordinator, Kristy Barber.

The next tour will be held between  17 April 2023 – 21 April 2023 in New South Wales.

If you’re a Chinese international student currently studying in Australia or an Australian domestic student, we encourage you to apply for the Australia-China Agriculture Youth Program.  

NFF and the Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (The Trust) recently joined forces to provide an exciting opportunity for two aspiring agricultural leaders. 

Over 100 Fellowships are awarded each year, however in 2020 two recipients interested in agriculture will also receive additional mentoring, networking and development opportunities from the NFF as a result of this exciting collaboration.

The selected Fellows will be supported by an industry mentor to refine their project concept, and gain the opportunity to share their findings at key industry leadership events.

For more information, click here.