Applications now open for 2016 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 31 Jul 2015

Australia’s most prestigious Award for rural women is now open to applications. 

The 2016 Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award helps boost women’s contributions to primary industries and rural communities by providing financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support for the Award’s state and territory winners.

The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries, who 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 $10,000 to implement their Award idea and will have the opportunity to participate in leadership development opportunities, including the Company Directors Course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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

2014 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner, Pip Job, said the Award has opened many doors for her.

“I encourage rural women who have a great idea that will benefit their community or industry to nominate for the Award – it’s a fantastic opportunity to expand your leadership skills, develop your networks and make a real difference to rural Australia through your chosen project,” Pip said.

“The Award has introduced me to a nation-wide network of hard-working and determined women; all working to create a better future for the industries in which they work and the communities they live in.” 

RIRDC Managing Director, Craig Burns said through supporting individuals the Award also assists Australia’s rural industries and communities.

“The determined and forward-thinking women who are supported through the Award play a key role in helping maintain or develop strong, vibrant and sustainable communities and rural industries,” Mr Burns said.

“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.

“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’s Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness is again proudly supporting the Award in 2016.

“The Award plays an extremely important role in identifying, supporting and enabling emerging female leaders, ” said Susan Bower, Westpac’s Head of Agribusiness.

“Women play a vital and pivotal role across business, industry and communities by bringing diversity of thought and skills - and a drive for innovation and change - to ensure this important Australian industry enjoys a long and sustainable future."

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 2015. The application form can be downloaded from the RIRDC website:’s-award.