BFLP Background


The Barossa Future Leaders Program is a community led, not for profit initiative to up-skill future community leaders to ensure the region retains a vibrant, resilient and creative economy. The program in 2013 delivered a Diploma of Management qualification as well as providing the participant the opportunity to engage and learn from some of the Barossa's leaders in both business and community.

The program draws together ‘community topics’ to make participants think about how they will lead their community, including covering current issues and future opportunities that will challenge and strengthen the Barossa community.When a group of leaders from across the Barossa met at a Generations Lunch several years ago, the concept of investing back into the community by nurturing the Barossa’s knowledge and skills base to future proof the region, was raised.  Over the next few years this concept evolved into the Barossa Future Leaders Program.  Unique to the Barossa and one of the first initiatives of its kind to be offered wholly within a region, the Barossa Future Leaders Program is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for participants looking to step outside their comfort zones.

Open to applicants 18+, this full week residential school from September 1 to 6 is limited to 16 participants and will be held on site at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. The academic side to the program is mapped to the Diploma of Management providing participants with a nationally recognised qualification.

The inaugural 2012 program included rigorous academic content delivered by industry and academic specialists led by a course facilitator each day, group activities, and insightful off site dinners at iconic Barossa venues hosted by regional leaders including Robert O’Callaghan, Robert Hill-Smith, Lt Colonel Jack Gregg and Jan Angas.  Course participants also completed an assessable group community based project.

Participants in the programs ranged from Gen X & Y’ers to baby boomers from diverse industries spanning wine and food, retail, and government.


Following this year’s program, the Barossa Future Leaders Program will then be held biannually, with the next program expected to be held in 2015.