Applications open for the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund

06 April 2017

Ripe mango hanging from a tree

Australia’s agricultural leaders will have the opportunity to submit their applications by Wednesday 17 May 2017 for the Australian Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

The fund recognises the importance of the agriculture sector in the Australian economy, aiming to boost Australia’s productivity, jobs and exports. The fund enables industry leaders to champion issues as well as identifying opportunities within the sectors.

The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund supports farming, forestry and fisheries leaders to gain the skills they need to:

  • effectively advocate agricultural commodity priorities with authenticity into urban communities
  • join international trade delegations
  • open new markets, and
  • run national corporate organisations and agribusiness companies.

The fund aims to support agricultural leader’s skills to fulfil regulatory responsibilities in consulting on use of farmers’ levy funds, supporting biosecurity responses and managing structural adjustment. 

The fund is open to Australian national agricultural industry representative bodies and grants can be used to fund activities such as professional development, training courses, webinars or strategic planning activities to give industry members the skills, knowledge and support they need deliver on the challenging obligations national farm leaders face. 

This initiative forms part of the Australian Governments 'Stronger Agriculture Sector' aimed at Australia’s farmers who contribute around $58 ​billion to our nation’s economy.

This funding is once-off and should enable peak agricultural representative organisations to develop the training and capacity to boost their elected representatives' leadership skills long into the future.

Applications open 5 April and close Wednesday 17 May 2017.

For more information, including the grant eligibility requirements go to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website or call 1800 870 733.

Those interested in receiving updates can register by email to or call 1800 870 733.