Welcome to the Milparanga Australia Council Scholarship

Applications are now closed.

Applications open: 15 March 2019

Applications close: 18 April 2019

Accepted applicants notified: Mid-Late May 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) to support two scholarships over the 2019-2020 period for First Nations arts leaders to participate in the Milparanga Program.

About Milparanga and the scholarship

Milparanga is run by the ARLF and is a cross industry leadership program with a focus on regional and remote Australia. The Australia Council is supporting First Nations artists and arts practitioners to participate in the program. Milparanga, meaning ‘watching over country and its people’ (in Mithaka language), honours Indigenous knowledge, philosophies and reclaiming of language. Milparanga is designed to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and aims to support participants to:

  • grow as an individual
  • develop leadership capabilities, including governance and decision making
  • co-create robust conversations for powerful shifts across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander landscape
  • broaden perspectives and act together for the greater good.

The program runs over six months starting in either June 2019 or July 2019 (see ARLF website for more information) and includes a final residential session in September 2019 in Canberra. This is a unique opportunity to become part of a network of leaders who will support each other as you continue to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership.

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Australia Council scholarship you must:

  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists or arts practitioner
  • be 21 years or older
  • have a connection and interest in rural and regional Australia.

Selection criteria

Leaders will be assessed proportionately to their experience level. Australia Council staff and industry advisers will assess EOIs using the following criteria:

  1. Level of commitment and engagement – introduce yourself, telling us who you are and about your passion and commitment to the cultural sector.
  2. Readiness – outline your career trajectory and tell us why this is the right program for you and your leadership development at this moment in time.
  3. Collaborative learner – show you are open to new ideas, able to learn in a group situation and willing to share knowledge and insights with others.
  4. Leadership ability and potential – explain what leadership in the arts mean to you as an individual.  What skills, attributes and behaviours do you have or need to grow in your leadership?

Please note this is not a job or project application – assessors are looking for evidence of deep thinking, self-reflection and an understanding of the arts sector and your place within it.

Expression of Interest

Entry to the program is highly competitive. In your Expression of Interest (EOI), you must demonstrate how you meet each of the selection criteria.

Provide a written response to each of the selection criteria in the field where indicated in the online form. We recommend you break up your proposal with headings to clearly identify which criterion you are addressing and keep answers succinct and relevant.

Support material

You must submit either a short CV (max 2 pages) or your LinkedIn profile. You will be required to submit a URL for either of these. Your resume should be uploaded online and an URL provided as support material.

To find out how to upload your CV, click here.

Please do NOT attach any letters of support, media articles, examples of your artistic practice or other documentation. These will not be viewed by assessors.

Selection process

Industry advisors and Australia Council staff will review submissions according to the selection criteria, and shortlisted candidates may be invited to an interview.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application once the selection process has been completed.


For further information about the program, please contact Scott Gorringe on 0427 022 139 or Naomi Browne on 02 6281 0680, or email

For all other enquiries including application enquiries, please contact the Capacity Building team at Australia Council for the Arts on 02 9215 9059 or

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