Rural Women's Award
About the 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
2018 Victorian Rural Women's Award
Nominations for the 2018 Victorian Rural Women's Award will open on 14 September 2017. For information about the award, visit RIRDC Rural Women's Award.
2017 Victorian Rural Women's Award
The winner of the 2017 Victorian Rural Women's Award is Kirsten Abernethy.
Kirsten works in the Victorian seafood industry, and will use the award to give women in the industry a stronger voice.
She believes women in fishing are key to promoting local sustainable seafood available in Victoria and Australia, and for sharing the pride in our resources with communities.
'Women have different perspectives to offer, and I want them to be as much a voice for the industry as men are,' Kirsten says.
Kirsten will use the award to work with women to design a skills-based training platform to build capacity, confidence and leadership in women in fishing.
Read more about the award and Kirsten's project on the Premier's website.
Kirsten was selected alongside three other Victorian finalists, Cath Jenkins, Joelene Williams and Lisa Brassington.