Expression of Interest
The Expression of Interest process aims to assist applicants by providing guidance and advice around the award program and development of an applicants award vision or project. It is highly recommended that all applicants engage in this process. Applicants are encouraged to contact your state coordinator who will guide you through the application process and provide feedback on your project idea.
How do I enter or nominate someone?
To express an interest in applying or to nominate an applicant call 02 6923 6917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact can also be made with the relevant state or territory Award coordinator.
Applicants will also need to complete the official entry form, addressing each of the selection criteria and include the name and details of two referees.
Referees will only be contacted if your application makes it to the final round. Email or post your entry to your state or territory contact.
What is the process and schedule?
Nominations for the Rural Women's Award open on 1 August and close on 11 November 2016.
Applicants will then be short-listed and interviewed in each state and territory. State and territory winners will be announced at formal state presentation events to be held in February to April 2017.
All state and territory winners will be invited to participate in leadership development opportunities, such as the AICD Company Directors Course.
State and territory winners will proceed to selection of the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner and runner-up, to be held around September.
The National RIRDC Rural Women's Award Celebratory Dinner to announce the National winner and runner-up will be held in Canberra at a date to be confirmed.
Your responsibilities to RIRDC
State and Territory Award winners will be required to sign an agreement with RIRDC and at the conclusion of their Award tenure will submit a report on their Award activities and achievements, including information on how the bursary was used. RIRDC will seek reimbursement of the bursary if the report is not submitted.
State and territory RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winners can expect to be interviewed by the media and where practical attend and speak at relevant public functions.
The National winner will be given an additional $10,000, and the National runner-up will be given an additional $5,000 bursary to assist in meeting national commitments such as speaking engagements. RIRDC and relevant state/territory agencies reserve ‘non exclusive’ rights to publish any material generated from successful applicants’ involvement in the Award.