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Rural Women's Award

The Rural Women's Award  recognises and encourages rural women's contribution to primary industries, resource development and rural Australia.


While the Award acknowledges past achievements, it is focused on the future and provides rural women with financial and practical support to implement their visions for primary industries and rural Australia, and to enhance their leadership and representative capacities.  The Award provides an amazing opportunity to further your own professional development, to make a tangible difference and to inspire others.

You could become one of the seven state and territory winners and go on to become the Australian winner.  But the Award is much more than just winning a title. It is a life changing experience that will open up a positive and powerful network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.

Who can enter?
The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries and resource development. Don't be shy about entering yourself, many people do and we encourage you to. You can also nominate someone provided you have their written consent. You don't need formal qualifications to enter.

What is the bursary?
The Award is very clearly a leadership and capacity building initiative that is designed to help build your skills and assist you to contribute more effectively to leadership and decision making in primary industries.  The $10,000 bursary is the major prize for each state and territory winner to support your professional development, by providing you with the resources to develop your vision into a new project or initiative that will benefit primary industries and rural Australia.

Examples of some of the initiatives the bursary CAN be used for include:

  • Formal training in leadership and business management
  • Overseas study tours
  • Networking at forums and conferences to grow your knowledge of industries, innovations and markets
  • Developing educational and promotional campaigns
  • Developing training programs and information technology initiatives
  • Publishing books

Examples of what you CANNOT use the bursary for are:

  • Buying capital equipment (without explicit approval from RIRDC)
  • Further formal education, such as a Masters or Doctorate degree.

Tasmanian Contact:
Rebecca Williams
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

(03) 6165 3070 

Email: - Rebecca.Williams@dpipwe.tas.gov.au