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2019 Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Rice Industry Leadership Program – Introduction to the Rice Industry

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 25 November 2019 (AEDT).


The Tier 1 Leadership program (Introduction to the rice industry) is for new and/or inexperienced people with a passion and interest in the rice industry and/or supporting industries and communities. The program engages the next generation of leaders with the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture and gaining exposure to industry associated organisations. Developed in conjunction with Rice Extension team this course will be offered in February 2020.


Two stage program, as follows:

Stage ONE:

Will be held in Deniliquin from the 24-27 February 2020. This four day interactive residential program will focus on industry leadership development in R&D, policy, advocacy and sustainability of the Rice Industry. This course will give participants exposure to expert speakers and key industry leaders to build their networks and leadership skills.


Four participants will be selected from Stage one to attend a two day workshop in Canberra, to meet with leaders in organisations such as Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, The National Farmers’ Federation, The National Irrigators’ Council and parliament. They will develop networking and advocating skills learned in Stage 1.


Managing change in yourself:

 Self-awareness

 Time management

 Effective communication, including public speaking

 Networking

 Increased industry knowledge

Operating skills:

 Meeting procedures

 Advocacy

 Working collaboratively

 Presentation Skills

 Understanding industry structure

 Introduction to organisational governance and financial management


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