The Australian RIRDC Rural Women's Award
Turning ideas into action
The 2016 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women's Award finalists are changing the way we do business in the state’s primary industries sector and are making massive contributions to our industries and communities.
The finalists are Sophie Hansen from Orange; Fiona Mead from Narrabri; Aimee Snowden from Tocumwal; and Hannah Wandel from Kingston ACT.
A life changing experience - enter today!
If you're looking for an Award to help you drive change in your community or industry and you would like to develop your leadership skills and broaden your networks, why not apply for the Rural Women's Award.
The Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award identifies and supports 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.
It is an amazing opportunity to further your leadership development, make a tangible difference and inspire others. The Award also links recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.
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 community. If you are considering applying, please contact RWN to register your interest.
Applications for the 2016 Award are now closed however Expressions of Interest are open year round. Applications for the 2017 Award will open 1 August 2016.
For an information package and a list of past winners and finalists who have kindly offered to mentor women applying for the Award, contact Allison Priest or Emma Regan on 02 6391 3620 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information, including how to apply for the Award, is available on the RIRDC Rural Women's Award website.
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Recent NSW-ACT RWA Recipients
2015 Award recipients
- Winner: Cindy Cassidy, Ariah Park
- Finalist: Trudy McElroy, Deniliquin
- Finalist: Sophie Anderson, Byron Bay Hinterland
2014 Award recipients
2013 Award recipients:
- Isobel Knight, Loomberah - 2013 NSW-ACT winner
- Vivien Thomson, Muttama - 2013 NSW-ACT runner-up
- Video interviews with 2013 NSW-ACT Recipients (YouTube)
- Profiles of 2013 National winners and runners-up
- Meet the State Finalists (YouTube)
2012 Award recipients:
Home grown talent takes out Rural Women's Award. More
Four in running for 2016 NSW-ACT Award. More
NSW-ACT RIRDC RWA Alumni by Year More
Nominate a rural woman
If you would like to nominate someone for the Award please email your details (include your full name, email address and best contact) and the name and contact of the woman you wish to nominate. We will then speak with her and provide an application package.
The NSW-ACT RWA is made possible through the generous support of our State sponsors:
- Career & Life Matters - Lisa Green
- Country Women's Association of NSW (Gold sponsor)
- NSW Farmers - Growing the best (Gold sponsor)
- Office of Environment & Heritage (Gold sponsor)
Is your agency interested in sponsoring this high profile event Contact Rural Women's Network for more information.
The Award is an initiative of RIRDC in partnership with the state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and natural resources. It is proudly sponsored by Westpac Agribusiness (Platinum sponsor) and is supported by the Award's national partners: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, Rural Press Limited, ABC Radio and RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine.