Thursday, 18 August 2011

2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

Do you know someone that has a vision for their rural business, industry or community?

Do they need assistance to make that vision a reality?

The Rural Women’s Award might be the answer…

What is the Rural Women’s Award?
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award that recognises and encourages rural women’s contribution to primary industries, resource development and rural Australia.

Who can enter?
The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries and resource development, including broad-acre farming, intensive livestock, cropping, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, new and emerging plant and animal enterprises, Indigenous rural enterprises, natural resource management and related service industries.

What do you win?
The 2012 Award provides a Bursary of $10,000 for each state and territory winner to support their professional development and contribution to primary industries.  Tasmania also provides an Encouragement Award (proudly sponsored by Tasmanian Women in Agriculture) which recognises commitment to your industry.

The National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Winner and Runner-Up are then selected to represent the Award, RIRDC and rural women on a national platform.

What do past applicants say about the Award?
"The Rural Woman's Award is an opportunity to be part of a diverse network of truly remarkable women. The award opportunities provide skills and support for effective leadership on both a local and national level."  
Jackie Brown, 2011 Tasmanian Rural Women’s Award Winner

“The award process reignited my commitment to our region and has given my thoughts and ideas a structured framework.  The interaction with so many inspiring women encouraged me to take that next step and become involved in initiatives to drive change and foster development in our rural area.” 
Jan Hughes, 2011 Tasmanian Rural Women’s Award Runner-Up
How do I enter?
Applications are open NOW and close on World Rural Women’s Day - 15 October 2011. 
Rural women are being encouraged to enter themselves or you can nominate someone you think is ready for a new challenge.

The Award is an initiative of RIRDC in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. This year’s sponsors are Westpac Banking Corporation, ABC Radio and Rural Press Ltd.
Find out more:  Application forms are available from Heather Neate, Rural Women’s Award State Coordinator on 6336 5146 or email
Applications can be also downloaded from the website:
Information sessions on the Awards will also be held in two weeks time, so stay tuned for further details!

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