Media Release

NSW grazier takes out 2014 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

25 September 2014

Joint media release

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP
Minister for Agriculture

The Hon. Michaelia Cash MP
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women for Agriculture and Food


Last night New South Wales grazier and Chief Executive Officer of her local Landcare group, Pip Job, was celebrated as the winner of the 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, congratulated Ms Job and Award runner-up, Jackie Jarvis of Western Australia, when presenting the awards at Parliament House last night.

“Women remain the cornerstone of so many farming operations, from manager of day to day activities, the farm labourer, the bookkeeper, and running the house. They are so often the most vital cog and unpaid.

“The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is a leading awards program that recognises women in our rural communities.

“Ms Job has instigated significant changes to Landcare policy and recognises the impact rural life can have on farming families. This has resulted in the ‘Women in the Landscape’ program which is being rolled out nationally.

“Winning the 2014 Rural Women’s Award allows the opportunity to further develop leadership skills. The role provides the platform to be a peer leader, building the networks of Australia’s rural women.

“Ms Job and Ms Jarvis are a deserving winner and runner-up, and have the capability to drive innovation and productivity within primary industries and rural communities.

“State winners highlight the diverse areas where women exercise influence including a teacher, a veterinarian, a lawyer, a grazier, a dairy farmer, a horticulturalist and a viticulturist,” Minister Joyce said.

Minister Cash said women in our rural communities provide strong leadership and support within agribusiness and the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award highlights this.

“Rural Australia is the birthplace of our nation’s spirit of determination and hard work and it is alive and well in the women we see represented here.”

“These incredible women exert leadership in all aspects of their lives. They are leaders in their professional and business spheres, and they are leaders in their communities. They are role models to young girls and women within their communities, as well as to Australia more broadly. I thank them all for their very valuable contributions,” Minister Cash said.

For more information on the RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards visit www.rirdc.gov.au/rural-women's-award.