The Tasmanian AgriFutures (formerly RIRDC) Rural Women's Award

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Are you a woman with a vision for your rural business or industry?
Do you need support to make that vision a reality?
The Rural Women's Award might be the answer...​​
Emerging female leaders who want to innovate, develop, and strengthen Tasmania’s primary industries and rural communities are encouraged to apply for the 2020 AgriFuture Rural Women’s Award.

The annual award recognises, celebrates, and acknowledges exceptional rural women and the vital contribution they make to rural industries and communities

It provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use their talents and abilities to benefit rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

Financial and practical support is provided to implement award winners’ visions for primary industries and rural Australia.

Despite its name, the Award is primarily NOT about being the best rural woman - it is about identifying a learning opportunity that you believe will benefit you and your industry.  The $10,000 bursary is the major prize for each State and Territory winner and is designed to help build your skills so that you can bring that knowledge back home to your business and your industry.

The Award is open to all women involved in some way in primary industries, whether you work in broad-acre farming or intensive livestock, cropping, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management or related service industries.

For more information, or assistance in completing the application form, please contact the Rural Women's Award Coordinator.

AgriFutures 2019 ​Rural Women's Award Winner Anh Nguyen with Minister Barnett​

In Tasmania ONLY, finalists receive a Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWIA) Leadership and Skills Development Bursary as follows:
TWiA Development Award (runner up) - $2,000
TWiA Rural Women's Award Finalists - $1,000 each

Applications for the 2020 Ag​riFutures Rural Women's Award are now closed. 

The winner of the Rural Women’s Award for Tasmania in 2019 and national finalist Anh Nguyen plans to roll out a smart farming system using automatic controls and management retrofitted to current farming irrigation and control systems.

​Visit the AgriFutures Rural Women's Award website for​ information on the selection criteria and how to enter. Be inspired by the stories of other rural women who have applied and the experiences they have had. You will be surprised how easy it is to apply and how many doors will open.

The AgriFutures Australia (formerly 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. 


Rural Women's Award Coordinator
Sue Weedon
PO Box 46
Phone: 03 6777 2233

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