Harvesting the next crop of rural leaders 31 Jul 2012

Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women is now open to applications.

The 2013 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.

The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries. 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.

State and Territory winners receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision. Each State and Territory winner and runner-up will 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 identifies emerging leaders in primary industries.

“The Award acknowledges the unique leadership traits of women to connect, collaborate and to influence and effect change in their industries and communities,” Mr Burns said.

“It creates opportunities for women to drive innovation and build resilience within primary industries and their rural communities.

“Our 2012 finalists are a group of remarkable women who are our future leaders – we will celebrate their achievements at the national Award dinner at Parliament House on 9 October and also look forward to welcoming 2013 nominees into our network.”

 2011 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner, Caroline Robinson, said the Award has opened many doors.

“The Award has supported me in taking the next step in my leadership journey. It has introduced me to a nation-wide network of remarkable women all working to create a better future for the industries in which they work and they communities they live in,” Caroline said.

“I strongly encourage rural women with an idea or vision to nominate for the Award – it is such an incredible opportunity to grow as a leader and make a real difference to rural Australia through your chosen project.”

 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 national partner, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Award’s national sponsors – Westpac Banking Corporation, RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Rural Press Ltd.

Applications close on 15 October 2012. Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website: