Photo: Ewen Bell / Wine Australia
Photo: Ewen Bell / Wine Australia

We need leaders to pursue our ambitious cross-generational goal of being recognised as the world’s pre-eminent wine-producing country.

To help the sector achieve this, Wine Australia supports the next generation of grape and wine community leaders to develop their leadership and personal skills.

Our leaders are from all parts of the Australian grape and wine community. We invest in programs to help our leaders to develop the skills to drive our community forward, adopt R&D outcomes and innovate, contribute to a sustainable and profitable sector, and build networks to support future contributions.

Wine Australia periodically brings together alumni from across our leadership and people development programs to provide a platform for collaborative projects and create ongoing opportunities for professional development and networking.

Impact of COVID-19 on people development and leadership programs.

The following information was accurate at 8 April 2020, but is subject to ongoing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please contact us at research@wineaustralia.com.

Wine Australia-led programs
  • Future Leaders – applications for this biennial program will open in January 2021, the program will commence in June 2021.
  • Next Crop – the 2020 pilot program that was scheduled to commence in Langhorne Creek and the Barossa Valley in May 2020 has been postponed, to either later in 2020 or 2021. This is unlikely to impact our proposed plans for applications from other regions for funding to implement Next Crop in 2022.
  • Alumni professional development programs – activities planned for 2020 will move to online delivery.
  • Travel bursaries – while we have gone ahead with this opportunity and current applications close Friday 24 April, due to travel restrictions around the world we recommend requests for travel from January to June 2021. Applications will be considered on merit and may be subject to ongoing developments with COVID-19.
  • PhD and Master by Research scholarships – no change, applications will open the first Monday in October 2020.
Third-party programs supported by Wine Australia

Programs

Research scholarships

Wine Australia is committed to the development of the next generation of researchers, experts and leaders who will help to drive the Australian grape and wine community's future.

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Next Crop

The Next Crop program is an opportunity for regions to design and deliver their own bespoke leadership development offering at minimal cost for participants. It is a three-way partnership between Wine Australia, regional partners and a provider organisation.

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Future Leaders

The Future Leaders program is the wine community’s peak personal and professional leadership program. It is designed for the next crop of those who are ready to step up and take their businesses and our sector to the next level.

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Wine Australia Alumni

Australia’s grape and wine community leaders are from all parts of our diverse sector. Wine Australia’s leadership programs aim to celebrate our sector’s distinct differences and support the strong collaboration within our community.

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Other sponsored programs

Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars
Nuffield Australia awards Scholarships each year to farmers in Australia. The objective is to increase practical farming knowledge and management skills and techniques generally.
Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program
The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership program is an initiative of the National Farmers’ Federation to support women in agriculture. It provides successful applicants with a six-month one-on-one mentorship and the opportunity to be part of an alumni of female agriculture leaders.
Science and Innovation Awards
The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers and innovators with original projects that aim to keep Australia’s rural industries sustainable and profitable.

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