Nomination deadline extended for 2013 Rural Women’s Award 12 Oct 2012

The date for Australia’s rural women to nominate for the 2013 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award has been extended to 31 October.

The huge amount of publicity surrounding the 2012 Rural Women’s Award in the past two weeks has seen a surge in interest from women across the country wanting to nominate for next year’s Award.

Rural Industries R&D Corporation Managing Director, Craig Burns said the decision was made to extend the deadline date to provide as many women as possible with the chance to get their nomination in.

“We’ve been amazed at the interest the Award has generated, especially in the past two weeks leading up to and following the announcement of the Award’s national winner on October 9th,” Mr Burns said. 

“Many more rural women have now been exposed to the Award through the recent publicity so we’ve made a decision to extend the deadline date so that everyone who wants to nominate for next year’s Award has enough time to get their application in.”

The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries. The application form and more information on how to apply for the Award can be found at’s-award.

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.

Mary Retallack from South Australia was named as the national winner of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award on Tuesday night, with Catherine Marriott from Western Australian named national runner-up.

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 Rural Press Ltd.

Before being extended, the closure date was previously Monday 15 October.

Media contact: Damon Whittock, ph. 02 6271 4175