NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative

*** Please Note: Applications for the 2021 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiaitaive have now closed ***

The Program

For the past decade, Cattle Council has held the annual NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative, to foster up and coming leaders within the Australian beef industry.

The program selects one winner from each state and the Northern Territory to come to Canberra for intensive training and mentorship over several days, culminating in a cocktail event at Parliament House to network with decision-makers and to acknowledge the success of our champions.

Cattle Council is grateful for the ongoing support of NAB Regional & Agribusiness, McDonalds Australia and Australian Community Media, which has allowed us to stage this event for more than ten years. 

The program is now open for applications, details of how to apply are listed below.

Read more: 2019 Rising Champions Initiative | Elisha Parker’s Account in the CCA Yearbook

Online Q&A info session for applicants

Click the video (Left) to view the recording of the Q&A session

A free Q&A session for all Cattle Council NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions applicants.

Hear from our past champions Alison Hamilton (NSW, 2010), Shaun Byrnes (WA, 2017) and Ella Anderson (Tasmania, 2018) along with the programs convener, Maria Thompson.
Find out everything you want to know about the program, what it’s like, what’s involved and how to put forward your best application.
How do I apply to be part of the Cattle Council NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative?

Stage 1 How to apply: Applications for the 2021 Cattle Council NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative open at 9am, 19 July 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 16 August 2021.

Applicants will need to complete the application form, sign the Terms and Conditions and return these with a high resolution photo to: by 11.59pm, 16 August 2021.

Stage 2 State and Territory Selection: Applications will be shortlisted by the state and territory selection panel. Shortlisted applicants will have an interview (via a zoom or an online platform) with the state selection panel comprising of:

  1. The Cattle Council state director;
  2. State Farming Organisation Executive Officer representative; and
  3. The Gold Sponsor – NAB Agribusiness state representative.

State and Territory finalists will be announced in early September.

Stage 3 Leadership Development Workshop: State and territory winners will be invited to Canberra on an all-expenses paid trip to take part in an intensive professional development workshop where they will meet with leaders from across Australian agriculture, Ministers and Government Department staff to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the Australian beef industry and agriculture. Within this intensive workshop finalists develop key professional skills including leadership, communications, media and public speaking. Dates for the workshop are the 23-25 November with additional travel time to and from Canberra.

Rising Champions Alumni Program: State and territory winners will form part of the Rising Champions Alumni network comprising of Australian beef industry leaders selected from 2010.

Cattle Council Yearbook: One Rising Champion will be selected to tell their story, including their background and involvement in the Rising Champions’ Initiative for publication in the 2022 Cattle Council of Australia Yearbook.

If you have a strong passion for and commitment to the Australian beef industry, this program is for you. You don’t have to have specific qualifications or own cattle to be part of the NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative; you just need an open mind and vision to help take the Australian beef industry from strength to strength in the future.


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