Only two weeks left to nominate for top rural women’s award 04 Oct 2011

Rural women have just two weeks remaining to get their applications in for the 2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

Applications for the peak national award close on 15 October - World Rural Women’s Day. Rural women are encouraged to enter themselves or to nominate someone they think is making, or could make, a real difference to their community.

The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries, including forestry and fisheries, natural resource management and related service industries.

The 2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award provides financial assistance, mentoring and access to a nation-wide network of business and community leaders for the selected winners. Winners are selected for each state and a national winner is also chosen.

Each applicant is asked to submit a proposal, or vision, that will improve Australia’s rural communities and State and Territory winners will receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement that vision. The State and Territory winners and runners up will also have the opportunity to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course and be supported with 12 months of facilitated individual strategic leadership support.

The aim of the Award is to support women with demonstrated leadership capabilities who have the desire and commitment to make an even greater contribution to their industries and communities.

The Award is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation in partnership with the state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and resources. RIRDC acknowledges the support of the Award’s national partner, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Award’s national sponsors - Westpac Banking Corporation, ABC Radio and Rural Press Ltd.

Applications can be downloaded and submitted online from the RIRDC website:

Media enquiries: 

Damon Whittock – RIRDC Public Affairs Manager – 02 6271 4175 

Edwina Clowes – RIRDC Rural Women’s Award National Coordinator - 0417 727 544