The AgriFutures™ Ignite Network is a program for passionate rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Ignite Network members influence, make changes, innovate and are interested in exploring agribusiness trends. Their ideas and knowledge will shape the future of agriculture and its long-term prosperity.


The AgriFutures™ Ignite Network is a program to connect passionate rural leaders. Participants in the Network have a strong interest in shaping the future of Australian rural industries and are responsible for igniting the passion, revitalising the industry and introducing and encouraging the changes to make it happen.

Get involved

Join the AgriFutures™ Ignite Facebook group to become part of our Ignite Network and to connect with passionate rural leaders.

  • Exclusive access to events and opportunities
  • Share information and knowledge
  • Peer support and networking
  • Unlock professional development and leadership skills
  • Uncover emerging initiatives

You will need to describe your involvement in the agriculture sector in order to be accepted into the group.

AICD Foundations of Directorship program

The AgriFutures™ Ignite Network is offering 25 Ignite Network members the opportunity to attend the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Foundations of Directorship program. The three day course will be held in Sydney on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 to Thursday, 23 May 2019.

As outlined in the 2018-2019 Annual Operational Plan, a Key Performance Indicator of the Ignite Network is to “Engage the Ignite Network through one major capacity building event”. This KPI needs to be completed before 30 June 2019.

Successful applicants who complete the course will be equipped to take on positions of leadership and will be confident to apply for executive positions such as Advisory Panels and Boards. These skills will be particularly important not only for AgriFutures Australia but for other organisations across our rural industries who have recognised the importance of succession planning for these positions of leadership and the benefit that young, passionate voices for our rural industries can bring.

Who should apply?

  • Those with a current career in the agriculture sector
  • Those who are passionate about the agriculture sector and who want to ensure its long term prosperity
  • Those who are interested in developing key skills of directorship (note, you do not have to have prior board experience) and who think the skills gained could be utilised in their careers

Travel subsidy

AgriFutures Australia will provide the following travel allowances for participants selected to attend the Foundations of Directorship course in Sydney:

WA or NT residents: Up to $1,500
SA, VIC, TAS or QLD residents: Up to $750
Residents who live more than 100 KM from Sydney’s CBD: $500

A copy of the applicant’s current drivers’ licence or other current photo identification with an address may be requested. A copy of the flights and accommodation booking will also be required. The subsidy will cover some of the costs of travelling to Sydney and/or accommodation for the three nights in Sydney.

If eligible, the subsidy will be paid directly into the applicant’s bank account.

Application timeline 

Applications open on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 at 9:00AM AEDT

Applications close on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 at 11:00PM AEDT

Successful applicants will be notified in the week commencing 18 March 2019.

How to apply

To apply, you must be a member of the AgriFutures™ Ignite Facebook group. Details on how to access the application form will be found in the “announcement” section of the Facebook group.

Please ensure that you are available to attend the three-day course in Sydney (21-23 May 2019) before you apply for this opportunity. If you are not able to attend the course on the outlined dates, you cannot complete the course at another time and your place will be given to another Ignite Network member.

AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel

The AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel is an opportunity offered to the AgriFutures™ Ignite Network. Panel members will advise on all aspects of our Strategic R&D Plan 2017 – 2022 and the positioning of our organisation, our arenas and our priorities.

The Panel is an exciting opportunity for passionate rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs – present and future – to draw on their experience and networks to provide meaningful and relevant advice to AgriFutures Australia.

2018-2019 AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel members

  • Guy Coleman (Narrabri, NSW)
  • Andrew Duver (Kensington, VIC)
  • Jessica Fealy (Paddy’s Green, QLD)
  • Joshua Gilbert (Nabiac, NSW)
  • Susan Hall (Myaree, WA)
  • Lucinda Hawkins (Dubbo, NSW)
  • Simone Kain (Penola, SA)
  • Sally Leigo (Darwin, NT)
  • Nicolas Lyons (Sydney, NSW)
  • Oli Madgett (Adelaide, SA)

Applications for the 2018-2019 Ignite Advisory Panel have closed. 

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