Emerging female leaders who want to create impact, innovate and make a difference to rural and regional Australia are being encouraged to apply for the new-look AgriFutures Australia 2018 Rural Women’s Award.
Formerly the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award, it has been renamed and adapted to align with AgriFutures Australia’s new strategic direction on the changing face of agriculture, where technology is transforming the sector and successful and impactful leaders are skilled, professional, dynamic, entrepreneurial, commercially savvy and connected.
AgriFutures Australia managing director John Harvey said the award was open to all women, irrespective of their location.
‘‘Over the past two decades, the Rural Women’s Award has provided more than 200 women with significant professional development opportunities and importantly the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia,’’ Mr Harvey said.
‘‘Award winners have delivered diverse and innovative projects relating to rural and regional industries, and the communities and businesses that rely on and support them.
‘‘As demonstrated by Tanya Dupagne — the National Winner of the 2017 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award — and all of the state and territory winners, the award provides a life-changing opportunity for women to use and develop their skills to make a difference and benefit their industries and communities.’’
One of the important changes to the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is that projects or initiatives can be commercially focused, providing they still align with AgriFutures’ strategic priorities of innovation, creativity, community sustainability, education, productivity, agribusiness, regional development and technology.
Another important change to the award criteria is applicants are not required to have a specific project to be considered eligible; applications can be submitted based on an idea, an identified problem or opportunity.
Each state and territory winner receives a $10000 bursary provided by platinum sponsor Westpac to bring their idea or project to life, access to professional development opportunities and national Alumni networks.
The 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award national winner and runner-up, selected from the state and territory winners, and announced at a gala event at Parliament House in Canberra in September 2018, will receive a further $10000 and $5000 respectively.
■Applications for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award are open now and close on Sunday, October 29 at 9pm.
To apply, visit: www.agrifutures.com.au/rwa