Media Release

RIRDC 2015 awards recognising rural women: apply now

6 August 2014

Nominations are now open for RIRDC’s annual awards to recognise the commitment and innovation of women working to improve life in rural Australia.

The 2015 RIRDC Rural Women's Award acknowledges the contribution women make to primary industries and rural communities by providing financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is encouraging rural women either to nominate themselves or to nominate someone with a demonstrated commitment and vision for making a real difference to their industry and community.

“Women in our rural communities provide inspiring leadership and essential support within agriculture, and the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award highlights this,” Minister Joyce said.

“There are so many strong and dedicated women who inspire others in their communities by demonstrating a real passion to implement their visions for our primary industries.

“I encourage everyone to think of the women they know who truly make a difference and to nominate them for this award,” Minister Joyce said.

The awards provide emerging leaders with financial and professional support, access to a network of mentors and development opportunities. Finalists in the awards are selected based on both their commitment to rural Australia and a project or vision they want to implement that will benefit rural people, rural industries and communities.

State and Territory winners receive a $10,000 grant to implement their Award vision and will have the opportunity to participate in the Company Directors Course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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

Applications close on 31 October 2014. Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website.