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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The NFF has several leadership programs. For more information on any of the programs please reach out to the NFF via phone (02) 6269 5666 or email reception@nff.org.au.

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 three 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. 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.

For more information or to apply please click here.

Young Farmer’s Council

The Young Farmers’ Council is an 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:

  • 3-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.

To learn more about the program, click here. 

NFF and the Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (The Trust) have 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 networking and development opportunities from the NFF as a result of this exciting collaboration.

For more information, click here.