Future Leaders FAQ's

So, you’ve heard about Future Leaders and you’re keen to explore what this program is all about, but still have a few questions?


Read through the following and if you’re not quite ready to put your hand up and still have a few questions floating around drop us an email at: research@wineaustralia.com.

Who is Future Leaders for?

Anyone who works in the Australian grape and wine sector.


That’s it.


The success of Future Leaders is the diversity of the participants. This is a program where we encourage and champion the winemakers mixing with the wine marketers; where the young mingle with the young at heart; where the only thing you’ll need to share is an ambition and openness to learn (oh, and you already work in the sector).


If you’re reading this, it’s likely this program is for you.

Who is Future Leaders not for?

Anyone who doesn’t work in the Australian grape and wine sector (sorry, it’s not personal).

What if i’m not a leader?

This program is about fostering world-class leadership qualities regardless of your current role or title … or age!


Those already in a leadership position will be challenged to grow, those not currently in a leadership role will be guided with skills that will serve them now and into the future.


If you are in a role where you influence other people, influence customers or if you wish to have a greater influence across the sector more broadly then you’ll reap the many benefits from this program.

Isn’t this program more for technical winemakers?

No. It’s for anyone who works in the sector.


The future success of the Australian grape and wine sector is having a diversity of voices collaborating together, strengthening their skills, and cross-pollinating success. That’s what this program is creating.


Our alumni are made up of winemakers, scientists, sommeliers, marketers, viticulturists, administrators, researchers, exporters, business owners and more.

I’m not so sure about a leadership program, will we have to do role-plays, and watch old
John Cleese videos?

Never. Ever. (Promise).


Through Future Leaders you’ll be exposed to the latest research on leadership skills, hear from sector and thought leading experts, and be given practical skills to put into place immediately. This program is world-class.

What qualities are you looking for in the successful applicants?

Hunger, energy, an inquisitive mind, and an openness to exploration. You bring those and we’ll provide the rest.

If qualities such as self-awareness, communication, influence and learning agility matter to you, then this is the leadership program for you.

What time commitment is expected of me?

The program kicks off in June 2021 and we finish with your graduation in November 2021.


If you’re successful, there will be five face-to-face learning sessions (fingers crossed), which we aim to hold across three states (Queensland, Victoria and South Australia), along with some virtual learning sessions.


You will participate in a coaching program. We’ll take care of matching you with an amazing individual from our alumni and you will meet with them over the duration of the program.


You will also be required to develop a written piece for Thought Leadership volume 3 …
don’t worry – we’re here to help you; how often do you get to have your written work edited and published!

Take a look at the thought leadership from our 2017 and 2019 alumni here:


Importantly, to be offered a place you must be willing to attend all sessions. As a guide please factor in the following dates:

7–9 June; 7–9 July; 11 August; 14–15 September; 20–21 October and 17–18 November 2021.

What will it cost me?

The program is fully funded by the grape and wine sector through research levies administered and managed by Wine Australia.


Participants are expected to fund their own travel and accommodation costs, as required (accommodation is covered at the first session). This will vary depending on your location. Catering during program sessions is covered but evening meals are not covered by the program.

Who decides on placements offered?

Wine Australia convenes a selection panel with representatives from Wine Australia, Australian Grape & Wine, sponsors and Future Leaders alumni.


They’ve got a tough job ahead of them – we can only accept 15 into the program.

How do I apply?

Click on the Apply tab and follow the instructions.


Applications close on 15 March 2021.


The application process does require you to put yourself into the picture – literally. Yes, you will need to submit a short video of yourself. This is a competitive process and we’re expecting more than 100 applications; so what makes it easier for us is you putting your best forward.


And not leaving it until the last minute!


Can’t wait to see your application come through.

What happens if there are COVID restrictions just before, or during the program?

We appreciate there is a great deal of uncertainty around the impact of COVID which may result in sudden disruptions to the program, such as hard and fast border closures. Our first priority will be the health and well-being of everyone in and associated with the program.


Government guidelines, both federal and state-based, will inform the requirements and measures we need to take. Please be assured that we will follow the health and safety measures required during our face-to-face sessions.


We are quickly able to pivot (there it is - the word of 20/21!) to virtual delivery if required, or a combination of face-to-face and virtual delivery subject to any restrictions in place at the time. There will be additional support and advice to participants when booking their own travel and accommodation, or needing to make alternative arrangements as a result of changes.  


Jo Hargreaves
Ph: 08 8228 2000

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