Only two weeks remain to get applications in for the 2015 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award – Australia’s top award for rural women. The closing date for applications is Friday, 31 October.The Rural Women’s Award identifies and rewards women’s contribution to primary industries and rural communities by providing financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support via its nation-wide network of business and community leaders for selected state winners.
The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries. Rural women are encouraged to enter themselves or to nominate someone with a commitment and desire to making a real difference to their industry and/or community.
State and Territory winners receive a $10,000 financial bursary 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.
Pip Job from New South Wales was recently announced as the national winner of the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.
Pip will be using the money from winning the Award to help develop her Award vision, which is to develop a social audit tool for farming families that is readily accessible and easy to use.
The Award is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation in partnership with the state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and resources. The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is proudly supported by the Award’s Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness and the Award’s Media Partners, RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Fairfax Agricultural Media.
Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/rural-women’s-award.