The first thing you need to do is set aside some time to read the application form through thoroughly.
You must be involved in some way in primary industries and/or your rural community, whether you work in broad-acre farming or intensive livestock, cropping, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management or related service industries.
If you don’t think you meet all the criteria and are in any doubt contact your relevant state Award coordinator or the national Award coordinator (under Contacts on this page).
Ask how you would use the Award and the Bursary to make a difference.
The main objective of the Award is to help you improve your business and leadership skills so you can operate at a higher level in steering the future of your industry, primary industries and in turn rural Australia.
The Award's main objective is to support women with either demonstrated or potential leadership capacities, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their industries and communities.
The $10,000 Bursary is the major prize for each State and Territory winner to provide resources to develop your vision into a project or initiative that will support your professional development and will benefit primary industries and rural Australia.
The Bursary can be used in all sorts of ways, as long as you show how it will build a greater capacity within you and how it in turn will benefit primary industries and rural Australia.
Take time to define what you want to do with the Bursary and how you would go about it. Here are a few ideas of how past Award recipients have put the Bursary to use to get you thinking:
- Build your leadership, business and management skills
- Undertake an overseas study tour to grow your knowledge of innovations and markets
- Attend conferences to grow your knowledge and networks with industry
- Run workshops or a speaking tour in an area where you see a need and have expertise
- Develop new value adding opportunities and markets for products
- Write a book, a publication or an educational campaign
- Develop new information technology of specific benefit to primary industries and its people
The Bursary cannot be used for further education such as a Masters or Doctorate degree or for buying capital equipment.
Writing your application
Once you have read the application form thoroughly and are confident that you are eligible to enter the next step is writing up your application. This may take a few days. It is often good to get your ideas down in a first sitting and then leave it for a day or two before having a fresh look at what you have written.
It may be worthwhile making contact with previous winners in your state or industry to gain their insights.
Contact your relevant state Award coordinator or the national Award coordinator (under Contacts on this page) to get in touch with past and current Award recipients.
It might be helpful to begin with a rough outline under headings based on what is required. You can then jot down a few points under each heading which will get you started. Remember to address each of the three selection criteria.
The selection criteria
Tip: Remember be specific and keep it simple. Limit yourself to what you know can be achieved in the 12 month time frame.
1. A demonstrated personal commitment to primary industries, communities and to the role of rural women in your State or Territory
Write one page about your personal commitment to primary industries and/or rural Australia, and ways you have supported primary industries and rural women in your state or territory.
The first criterion is asking you to write about your commitment to primary industries and its future sustainability. You will need to show how you are committed to primary industries and to rural women in your State/Territory. The key word here is ‘demonstrate’ so as well as talking about your background and your ‘philosophical approach’ you should try and give concrete examples. The Selection Committee will be looking for evidence of your commitment.
You might like to include things like:
- Your participation in rural organisations and the benefits they have returned to your industry and its people
- Your involvement in rural women’s groups and your understanding of the role of women in primary industries
- The resources and effort you have put into your own enterprise/business and your industry
- The long term commitment and involvement in your enterprise, an organisation or industry.