Leaders to learn online

By Olivia Duffey

The annual Rice Industry Leadership Program will be hosted online this year.

As part of the program, the Ricegrowers Association of Australia will offer a series of online professional development workshops focused on ‘‘upskilling the next generation of leaders for industry and communities’’.

The introductory level workshops will cover topics like time management, communication skills and public speaking.

They will be facilitated by Josh Farr from Campus Consultancy.

RGA leadership coordinator Ainsley Massina said the program would traditionally bring emerging leaders together in one place for a residential program.

She said when that option was abandoned due to Coronavirus restrictions, the RGA reassigned funding for the program to develop the online format.

‘‘We are always looking for people to take on leadership roles in the industry and these skills will assist them with that,’’ she said.

‘‘But the skills are also important to people running their own business or even studying.

‘‘We understand a thriving community and thriving businesses, regardless of the type of business, are vital to the rice industry’s success.’’

The workshop is fully subsidised for eligible participants, who must live in or be connected to a rice growing community.

Workshops on each topic are limited to only 30 participants, so registering early is strongly encouraged.

Applications for the time management program close this Thursday, and the program will take place from 9am to 2pm on September 22.

The communication skills program deadline is October 1, and the session will be held from 9am to 2pm on October 6.

The public speaking workshop will be held from 9am to 2pm on October 20, with registration closing on October 15.

For more information or to register, go to