2015 Rural Women’s Award now open to applications 01 Aug 2014

Australia’s top award for rural women is now open to applications. 

The 2015 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 and will have the opportunity to participate in the Company Directors Course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

A national winner and runner-up will be selected from the state winners with a further $10,000 bursary awarded to the winner and $5,000 to the runner-up to support their professional development and contribution to primary industries.

RIRDC Managing Director, Craig Burns said the Award identifies rural Australia’s emerging leaders.

“The Award has a proud history of identifying and assisting Australia’s future rural leaders, and the Award’s impressive alumni is a testament to its success,” Mr Burns said.

“The Award provides Australia’s rural women not only with recognition of their tremendous contribution to rural Australia, but it also builds strong and close networks and facilitates personal development opportunities for those that take part.”

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; and the Award’s Media Partners, RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Fairfax Agricultural Media.

Applications close on 31 October 2014. Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website:’s-award.