Current Projects

Our commitment to advancing leadership across agriculture and
rural and regional communities is reflected in the projects we undertake and the impact they achieve.

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The Australian cotton industry is committed to developing leaders to futureproof industry leadership. RuralScope works with the industry to lead the biennial Leadership Dinner at the Gold Coast. Graduation of the Australia Future Cotton Leaders Program, along with a leading edge speaker and showcase of leadership pathways occurs as part of the Dinner With attendance of approximately 150 cotton growers, industry leaders and staff, this is a flagship event on the cotton industry’s events calendar. 2024 will see the 4th Dinner take place and we once again look forward to providing an engaging program.

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GrainGrowers Grains100 Program supports progressive farmers and industry personnel to develop awareness and understanding through meaningful dialogue, drawing on the experiences of growers to share informed views about topics to maintain and further develop social license. RuralScope facilitates to build the skills and capacity of these growers, who are already influencers, in their own networks and communities to be effective advocates for the Australian grains industry across multiple levels, as drivers of change. Groups align to the GrainGrowers Priority Themes of Freight and Supply Chain, Workforce, Trade and Market Access, Biosecurity, Carbon and Climate and Farm Inputs.

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Held in Dubbo attracting 120 attendees. RuralScope was contracted to build on the success of the inaugural southern focussed forum in 2023 to be whole of NSW inclusive. We established the Forum purpose, engaged speakers, established the program and coached speakers on engaging and creative delivery. The focus of the Advance NSW – 2024 forum was Engaging Change for Rural Drought Resilience. It’s purpose to gather, connect and share across the two NSW Hub practitioners / partners to showcase, build capacity and highlight the value of engagement with farmers and communities to develop rural drought resilience. 100% of attendees rated the Forum between 7 and 10 out of a possible 10.

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Rice Breeding Australia drives transformation of the rice industry through innovation. Their vision is to introduce state of the art rice breeding techniques to accelerate the development of new rice varieties with a focus on sustainability and increased water productivity. RuralScope works with Rice Breeding Australia to develop the team’s strategic and operational non- technical capacity. This includes the design and facilitation of Team Development days as well as individual coaching support for employees. Development of training, values and baseline performance measures for the team and detailed individual and team personality maps underpins the work achieved to date.

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Hosted by the Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce and Goondiwindi Regional Council, this initiative has been designed to support the development of and implementation of Asset Based Community Development.  The program runs over 10 weeks via a mix of face-to-face, virtual group, and one on one sessions. An online learning platform is also used to support participation throughout. The need for the development of community champions was exposed during recent floods which devastated the region. The community was required to collectively work together to lead, support, and collaborate for the best outcomes. This program will support the stepping forward with the confidence of future community champions.

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In partnership with Engaged Solutions, RuralScope has designed and developed the cutting edge Foundations of Facilitation program for individuals, groups, and organisations. Its key goal is to support those working in or with the agricultural, regional and rural sectors. And more specifically to develop facilitators who connect, engage, and consult effectively to build capability and advance change. This experiential program includes effective facilitation models / approaches, skills and traits of a facilitator, processes, tools and tactics and a checklist of how to plan, facilitate and evaluate an engaging and inclusive event. Jo Eady and Wendy Agar are the facilitators of this program. With over 20 years of professional facilitation experience each, they are well regarded and generous in their sharings of practical models, tools and tactics. Download the Program Prospectus here. 

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Beef Australia is committed to developing future leaders across the Australian beef industry through its Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentoring Program.  RuralScope is contracted to facilitate this industry recognized program across 2023 – 2024.  The program offers a unique 14 month course of knowledge development and skills application, and pairs participants with industry recognised mentors to help them deliver on a project that will positively impact the beef industry.  The program is open to people under 35 years from across the beef supply chain.  10 participants are selected for each program with the third face to face being held as part of Beef2024 in Rockhampton. Download the Prospectus here.

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RuralScope has designed and developed an integrated and customisable leadership program for industry groups to identify, nurture and develop their emerging leaders.  This is based on a model around personal, professional and industry development.  A key element of the program is an industry leadership project.  In addition to face to face delivery, online activities to foster connection, trust and confidence support participants to apply learnings into real life contexts.  Jo Eady has facilitated over 15 Australian Grain Leaders Programs for Grain Growers Limited across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.

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Hosted by Cotton Australia in partnership with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the core of this program is the identification and development of next-generation leaders.  Delivered each two years, the program coincides with the Australian Cotton Conference. The program boasts over 100 graduates with many taking on local to national industry leadership roles and influencing industry development and direction.  This includes roles at a local, state and national level including industry boards, working groups and committees.  Evaluation from the programs highlights the value of the learning experience through professional facilitation and industry integration.

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The Australian cotton industry has a vision to become employees and an industry of choice for the workforce.  Shift is a 3 year collaborative research project developing a model / approach along with tools and support for employees and enterprises. Dr Nicole McDonald, a workforce planning specialist with Central Queensland University is Project Lead.  Jo Eady from RuralScope is the appointed leadership expert on this project and is keen to be working in the space between research and practical application.  Shift is seeking new approaches to workforce planning and the wicked problem of employee attraction and retention.

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RuralScope is currently designing, developing, and facilitating LeadHER, a strategic leadership initiative for Australian Women in Agriculture.  The key goal is to support women in agriculture to develop their knowledge and skills in the policy to politics pipeline.  LeadHER is providing a mix of online, distance, and face to face activities.  Gains for the state/territory representatives undertaking this bespoke experience will include the development of strategic outlook, political awareness, personal resilience, and the capacity to speak up, have their say, and lead others to do the same. The Face to Face is integrated with a trip to the political capital of Australia, Canberra.

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Developing the capability of an industry requires leadership succession planning.  Jo Eady is currently working with Cotton Australia to develop and implement this bespoke and highly integrated industry mentoring program.  Up to 4 emerging leaders will undertake this program each two years.  Mentors will come from within and beyond the industry and matchings will be made in alignment with the emerging leaders industry leadership pathway plan.  Mentors and mentees will be well supported and each program will run over 4 months.  The outcome will be an increased readiness for emerging leaders to effectively take on local – national industry leadership roles.

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