What is the AICD Company Directors Course?
The Company Directors Course is a comprehensive and credible learning program relevant to board directors and business entrepreneurs.
The course provides a thorough knowledge of the role and duties of being a board member, and knowledge of organisational performance, strategy development, risk management and financial performance, which are all critical to operating any business enterprise.
The course provides the opportunity to gain the above skills and knowledge with like minded rural women. For more information on the course, its details and commitments please visit: www.companydirectors.com.au
What is the individual integrated leadership plan?
Leadership capacity is an inherent part of the Rural Women's Award. The individual integrated leadership plan will provide 12 months of facilitated individual strategic support for each Award winner to enhance their leadership development and the implementation of their Award vision, along with networking, media and public relations opportunities.
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.
How do I enter or nominate someone?
To express an interest in applying or to nominate an applicant call 02 6271 4132 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, post or fax your entry to your state or territory contact.
What is the process and schedule?
Nominations for the Rural Women's Award open annually on 1 August and close on 30 October each year.
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 March.
All state and territory winners will be invited to participate in the AICD Company Directors Course (residential) to be held in Canberra. Dates to be confirmed each year.
State and territory winners will proceed to selection of the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner and runner-up, to be held between August and September. National selection will include the state and territory winners' achievement during their term, including their project or initiative outcomes, and how they have put their leadership skills into action.
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 a contract with RIRDC and at the conclusion of their Award tenure will need to submit a report on their Award activities and achievements and 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.