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NFF President Fiona Simson

Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program

Women in agriculture with an ambition to shape the future of Australia’s food and fibre industry are invited to apply for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2019 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program provides applicants with a six-month one-on-one mentorship and the opportunity to be a part of an alumni of female agriculture leaders.

NFF President, Fiona Simson, the Federation’s first female president, said like many industries, agriculture had ‘work to do’ to realise gender equality and the benefits that flow.

“Over generations, in line with societal change, women have forged careers in all agriculture-related fields from agronomy and education to finance and marketing.

“However, in the senior executive and board level ranks of many of the organisations I observe, there remains a lack of female voices.

“In fact, women comprise 41% of the agricultural workforce but only 18% of management roles and 2.3% of CEO positions.”


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Deadline extended: Applications now close on Monday 1 April 2019.

To be eligible for Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, applicants must be 25 years or over. 


The 2018 Alumni at their graduation at the NFF 2018 National Congress in Canberra ACT.

About the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program provides successful applicants with a six-month one-on-one mentorship and the opportunity to be a part of an alumni of female agriculture leaders.

Over the course of six months, the aspiring female leaders will work with a specially matched mentor to develop the skills and networks they need to realise their leadership ambitions.

Applicants will also take part in a two-day Canberra leadership retreat during May and graduate in October as part of the NFF’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. 

The 2018 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Graduates

In 2018 more than 120 skilled, passionate women applied to be a part of the inaugural Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. Eight successful applicants were chosen, hailing from across the nation and taking in a range of interests and disciplines.

Feedback from graduates included:

“I commend the NFF for your vision to create the DiALP, this is a step in the right direction to creating meaningful change. I highly recommend it to other women who wish to grow and extend their networks. Thanks NFF for an important and ground-breaking initiative,”

“Personally, it made me focus on own my leadership potential, as opposed to just my business. It helped me clarify the leadership role I am comfortable with and opened my eyes to the different ways I could contribute.”

2019 Program Partners

The NFF is supported by a cohort of agriculture-focussed organisations committed to seeing more women represented in the industry’s key-decision making roles.

Each partner has committed to work towards meaningful change towards gender balance within the leadership ranks of their business.

“I congratulate our Partners. They have stepped up and signed up to support our mission to even the ledger when it comes to female representation in agriculture,” Ms Simson said.

“Our Partners are doing far more than talking about advancing women in our sector they are leading by example and they should be recognised for that,” Ms Simson said.

To find out more about the Diversity in Ag Leadership Program contact Laureta Wallace lwallace@nff.org.au.

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