The AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award

Nominations Open

2022 AgriFutures NSW/ACT Rural Women’s Award

Rural Women's Award nominations are now open

If you are a woman with a vision who is creating impact, innovating, making a difference, or contributing to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional NSW or the ACT, you are encouraged to nominate for the 2022 AgriFutures NSW/ACT Rural Women’s Award.

This award has gained a significant profile over the last 21 years, empowering and celebrating the inclusive and courageous leadership of women involved in Australia’s rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities.

Westpac’s Regional General Manager for NSW, Sam Gaston, said the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is a testament to the positive influence more women are making in business and in agriculture.

“Women are driving innovation in our regions and Westpac is proud to continue to support the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, to further raise awareness and publicly recognise the achievements and leadership of women such as Cressida Cains,” said Mr Gaston.

“Westpac is thrilled to see the caliber of entries and finalists remains strong. We fully support these talented women as they continue to develop their projects and focus on the ongoing positive work within the important industries that are at the heart of our communities.”

It 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.

The 2022 AgriFutures NSW/Act Rural Women’s Award nominations will open on 26 August and close on 8 October 2021. Nominees are required to be over 18, and have an existing project, business or program which is already live and running, or will be launched very soon.

Application form and detailed award guidelines can be found at Rural Women's Award | AgriFutures Australia, or contact Lauren Wilkins at the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 02 6391 3100 or

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The NSW-ACT RWA is made possible through the generous support of our State sponsors:

Is your agency interested in sponsoring this high profile event? Contact the Rural Women's Network ( for more information.

The Award is an initiative of AgriFutures Australia* in partnership with the state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and natural resources. It is proudly sponsored by Westpac (Platinum sponsor) and supported by RM Williams Outback, ABC Rural, and Australian Community Media.