Do you want to develop your skills, make a difference and inspire others?
Apply today for the 2014 Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award.
If you or someone you know are passionate about rural Australia and would benefit from a $10,000 bursary to help realise your vision, you should definitely consider applying for this 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award.
Enter the Award
Applications for the 2014 Award are open and close 31 October 2013. Rural women are encouraged to give it a go or nominate someone they think is up to a new and exciting challenge.
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
Ideas on how to prepare your application are available on the RIRDC Rural Womens' Award page.
About the Award
The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities.
The Award acknowledges that women offer a unique approach to leadership, which involves connecting and collaborating to effect change and influence, often without the need for position or authority. The Award also encourages primary industries and rural communities to embrace diversity in leadership to successfully navigate future challenges.
The Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities, or leadership potential and community contribution, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their industries and communities. It provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.
Each State and Territory winner will receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision. Each State and Territory winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course and will be supported to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.
The Award is an amazing opportunity to further your leadership development, make a tangible difference and inspire others. The Award is a life changing experience that will link recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.
Who can enter?
The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries and natural resource management. No formal qualifications are required. Don’t be shy about entering yourself or nominating someone. It is a great learning and development opportunity, so why not give it a go?
What is the bursary?
The $10,000 bursary is the major prize for each State and Territory winner to provide the resources to develop your vision into a project or initiative that will benefit primary industries and rural Australia.
The Award is a leadership and capacity building initiative, with a bursary to support your professional development and contribution to primary industries.
The bursary can be used for:
· formal training in leadership and business management;
· overseas study tours;
· establishing business plans or pilot programs;
· developing educational or promotional campaigns;
· networking at forums and conferences to grow your knowledge of industries and markets;
· developing training programs;
· testing information technology initiatives and publishing books.
The bursary cannot be used for buying capital equipment (without the explicit approval from RIRDC) or further education such as a Masters or Doctorate degree
How do I enter or nominate someone?
You need to complete the official entry form, addressing each of the selection criteria and include the name and details of two referees. Referees will only be contacted if your application makes it to the final round. Email, post or fax your entry to your State or Territory contact.
Download the Entry Form from the RIRDC Rural Women's Award page.
The application form for the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is an interactive PDF - you can directly enter your details and answers into the application form.
It is recommended that you download and then immediately save the blank application form to your computer. That way you can make and save changes whenever you want.
If you are a NSW-ACT applicant please email your completed form or print and send your application to:
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: 02 6391 3620