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For Our Future – Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

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2019 Applications Now Open 

Developing tomorrow’s leaders – people with the knowledge and skills to collaboratively drive the future – is a longstanding goal of FWPA for the Australian forest and wood products industry. For Our Future, the Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program, addresses this by offering professional-level leadership development to industry participants.

The training is subsidised by FWPA and delivered in partnership with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation & polykala.

For information course content, please contact Jen Wressell

Building on the successful 2018 program

In its inaugural year, 28 emerging forestry leaders graduated from the program which involved an intensive four-day residential session in either Western Australia or South Australia before coming together for a five-day learning program in Melbourne. 

Experiential training modules allowed participants to explore organisational and industry challenges, conflict resolution, dynamic leadership and high level networking skills, through sessions with diverse industry experts.  Participants provided strong, positive feedback on the value and impact of the training.

Participant comments included:

I felt I have learnt a lot about my personal leadership skills and group dynamics’


‘Keen to implement some techniques’


‘For me it is managing and noticing my emotional involvement in different situations’


‘The content was excellent and great for my learning’


‘All presenters were very professional. The content was very engaging’ 


The Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

The program will be structured around an initial four-day regional workshop in either Tasmania, Gippsland, South Eastern Queensland and Northern NSW, followed by a combined national five-day workshop in Canberra.

It is hoped to have to have 12 participants in each region (48 in total) enrolled in the program which wil runl over the following dates: 

Session One

  • Tasmania: 25th - 28th February
  • Gippsland: 12th - 15th March
  • South Eastern QLD: 25th - 28th March
  • Northern NSW: 8th - 11th April

Session Two

  • Canberra: 15th - 20th June (these dates may be subject to change).

Participants will be expected to attend nine residential workshop days, plus engage in pre-readings and group projects during the course. This significant commitment of individual and employer time reflects the value and stature of the program and its anticipated outcomes.

To minimise barriers to participation, there is a nominal fee of $1,000 per participant, plus personal travel costs. All other costs will be borne by FWPA.

Registration Form

Program to develop mid-level managers to increase their capacity to take national leadership roles within individual companies or the broader industry by building stronger regional and national cohorts that have exposure to current and future industry issues and best practice leadership skills.

If you wish to register your interest for future FWPA regional and collaborative leadership training, please fill in the below form.


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