Rural Women's Award
Agriculture Victoria is proud to sponsor the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women's Award. This award recognises the contribution Victorian women make to primary industry and rural communities. Finalists are selected based on demonstration of their commitment to the future sustainability of primary industries, their potential to achieve and deliver benefits to their industry, and how they provide leadership and share their skills and knowledge with their communities.
This award comprises:
- A $10,000 bursary for leadership development
- The opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Director Course
- Support to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.
The Victorian winner is considered in the Australian Rural Women's Award.
2017 Victorian Rural Women's Award
Applications for the 2017 Victorian Rural Women's Award have now closed.
For information about the award, visit RIRDC Rural Women's Award website.
2016 Victorian Rural Women's Award
The winner of the 2016 Victorian Rural Women's Award is Jessica Lye.
Jessica is the national manager of Scientific Affairs at AUSVEG, an industry representative body for vegetable and potato growers.
Jessica will use her $10,000 on an overseas study tour to New Zealand and the United States to visit research institutions and growing operations to gain information about their high priority pests and emerging pest threats.
She is planning to find out about the pest management, eradication strategies and biosecurity practices they use, and then share them with the industry in Australia.
Jessica hopes to enhance biosecurity preparedness and encourage biosecurity champions and networks throughout Australia's vegetable and potato communities.