Tickets now on sale for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner & National Announcement in Canberra


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The National Winner and Runner Up of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award will be announced at a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra. Limited tickets to the black-tie event are now on sale.

The seven inspiring 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award State and Territory Winners vying for the National title are:

  • Amy Kirke, Northern Territory
  • Cara Peek, Western Australia
  • Cressida Cains, New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory
  • Elisha Parker, Queensland
  • Karen Brock, Tasmania
  • Kelly Barnes, Victoria
  • Stephanie Schmidt, South Australia

2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner, Jo Palmer will be the event MC and the black-tie evening will be attended by alumni, government officials, industry and private sector representatives and media. The event is open to the public to purchase tickets on EventsAIR.

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey said the event celebrates the inclusive and courageous leadership of rural women, now and into the future.

“This is Australia’s leading award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and emerging business, industries and communities. The event is an important step in acknowledging the contribution of these outstanding and inspirational women. The night is a celebration of their hard work and commitment, and we are looking forward to showcasing their achievements to the nation,” said Mr Harvey.

The National Winner and Runner Up will be announced in front of up to 500 guests in the Great Hall, Parliament House. The National Winner will receive a $10,000 bursary from Platinum sponsor Westpac, and the National Runner Up a $5,000 bursary.

Platinum sponsor Westpac’s Felicity Duffy, Director of Women’s Markets said AgriFutures Australia is at the forefront of sharing the stories of these remarkable Australians.

“Westpac has been a long-time sponsor of these Awards because we understand the crucial role women play in bringing about change in rural and regional communities. For over 200 years we’ve helped female customers succeed and recognising Rural Women’s Award Winners and their sector leading work, we see opportunities flourish for them, their businesses and their communities”, said Felicity Duffy.

In addition to the Westpac bursary provided, Ms Duffy said the Award provides an important network for women to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Australian agriculture. It also provides them with an extended network of advocates across Australia who want to tap into their talents and abilities to benefit other local industries and communities.

Tickets to the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner & National Announcement are on sale until 5.00pm (AEST), Wednesday, 11 August (unless sold out prior).

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Background Information

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award: The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award has gained a significant profile, growing in prestige and popularity and is recognised as a program of influence among parliamentarians, industry, media and Award alumni. Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary for their project, business or program, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

AgriFutures Australia is committed to the future growth and advancement of the Award as a means of identifying, celebrating and empowering women. The Rural Women’s Award is one of many AgriFutures Australia initiatives ensuring our rural industries prosper now, and into the future.


  • Platinum sponsor – Westpac
  • Media partners – ABC Rural, RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine and Australian Community Media – Agricultural Publishing & Events

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