Female leaders who want to create impact, innovate and make a difference in rural and regional Australia are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Friday, 8 October 2021.
Managing Director, John Harvey said women who want to contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia should apply.
“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.
“Over the past two decades, the Rural Women’s Award has provided close to 300 women with the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia and significant professional development opportunities,” said Mr Harvey.
AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from women with an established project, business or program that is having a positive impact on rural industries, businesses, and communities.
“It is an exciting time ahead and the Rural Women’s Award is just one of many AgriFutures Australia initiatives ensuring rural and regional industries prosper now and into the future.
“As has been the case in previous years, location is also no barrier – applicants can live in rural and regional Australia, or in the city – their applications will be measured on the impact and benefits to rural and regional Australia,” said Mr Harvey.
The 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner, Jo Palmer, applied with her Pointer Remote platform which connects employers with talent that works remotely.
“My project for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, was the platform I built within Pointer Remote, which is an aggregator of content, training, up-skilling and certifications that people can do online, so that no matter where you live in Australia, if you want to work in a professional role, you can do that job from anywhere.
“The Rural Women’s Award provided me with so much more than just financial assistance. It provided me with a platform to champion remote work and on top of that, the Alumni network has been a really important part of my business and project ever since applying for the award.” said Ms Palmer.
Each State and Territory Winner receives a $15,000 bursary provided by Platinum Sponsor Westpac, to further develop their project, business or program, access to professional development opportunities and national Alumni networks. The 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner and Runner Up, selected from the State and Territory Winners, and announced at a Gala Dinner, will receive a further $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.
Felicity Duffy, Head of Women’s Market at Westpac, said Westpac was again proud to be the 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Platinum Sponsor.
“The Award not only provides a Westpac bursary to each State and Territory Winner, but it also provides an environment for Australian women to harness their talents to drive innovation and bring positive change to rural and regional communities,” said Ms Duffy.