Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
It’s an Award that has changed the lives of dozens of Australia’s rural women over a period of 13 years and it is now accepting applications for 2014.

Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women, the Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award identifies and rewards women’s contribution to primary industries and rural communities by providing financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support via its nation-wide network of business and community leaders for selected state winners.

Rural women are encouraged to enter themselves or to nominate someone with a commitment and desire to making a real difference to their industry and community. The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries.

State and Territory winners receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision. Each State and Territory winner will also have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course and will be supported to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.

A national winner and runner-up will be selected from the state winners with a further $10,000 bursary awarded to support their professional development and contribution to primary industries.

RIRDC Managing Director, Craig Burns said the Award has a proud history and has helped develop the leadership skills of scores of rural women.

“The Award has opened many doors for so many women and most of our past winners and runners up have used the Award experience to not only further improve their leadership skills but also bring about change within their industry or community,” Mr Burns said.

“The Award creates opportunities for women and provides them access to a huge network of Award Alumni and industry and government representatives, allowing them to connect, collaborate and to influence and effect change in their industries and communities.

“It is an Award open to everyone. You need not look any further than our 2013 Award finalists to see the great breadth of industries, communities and backgrounds the women are from.”

The Award is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation in partnership with the state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and resources. The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is proudly supported by the Award’s Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness, the Award’s National Partner, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Award’s media partners – RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Fairfax Agricultural Media.

Applications close on 31 October 2013. An electronic application form can be downloaded from the RIRDC website: www.rirdc.gov.au/rural-women’s-award

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Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women, the Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award



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