Rural Women's Awards 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award - Australia’s leading Award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

The award, formerly the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award, 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.

John Harvey, AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, is encouraging anyone who wants to create impact, innovate and make a difference or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia to apply, and says the Award is 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. 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,” Mr Harvey says. “As demonstrated by Tanya Dupagne, 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.”

Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 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 $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Stephen Hannan, General Manager for Westpac Agribusiness, said Westpac was again proud to be the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award Platinum sponsor.

Applications for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award are open now at and close on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 9pm AEDT.