Rural Women's Network

Applications for the 2023 Rural Women’s Leadership Program and the 2023 Rural Women’s Mentoring Program are now open

Designed to encourage and empower participants to have an active voice and role in the agriculture sector, both programs support rural women to work collaboratively, explore issues impacting their industries and communities and develop real solutions.

Applications for both programs are open until 5.00pm on Monday 27 February 2023.

Rural Women's Network Mentoring Program

The 2023 Mentoring Program will pair rural women together for a peer-to-peer exchange of skills and experience. Working with skilled facilitators, participants will identify individual, career or business goals, and work to implement change with the support and accountability of their mentoring partner.

Funding Support

Capped allowances for childcare, travel and accommodation are available for those who require this support. Applicants will be asked to identify these requirements in their application.

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Rural Women's Network Leadership Program

The 2023 Leadership Program will provide women with support to participate in training and study that accelerates their development as leaders. Participants will also work closely as a group to explore issues impacting rural women, learn from subject matter experts, and connect with other rural women from across Victoria.

Funding Support

Each participant is eligible for funding support to reimburse them up to $10,000 (excl GST) of the costs incurred by participating in the Program. The costs eligible for reimbursement include the agreed costs of study, travel, accommodation, and childcare.

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About the Victorian Rural Women's Network

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network (the Network) was originally established in 1986 to better recognise the contributions of rural women and build stronger links to government. Since its establishment, the Network has been a forum for women to share skills, resources and information for collective benefit.

Key programs and priorities of the Network have changed over time as the needs of rural women have evolved. Today, activities are focused on improving workforce participation, growing job opportunities, and supporting more women in leadership and decision-making roles in rural and regional Victoria.

Aligning with the Victorian Government's gender equity policies and strategies, the Network encourages women to have an active voice in government and community decision-making and works to enable more rural women to achieve leadership roles.

The Network delivers a Leadership Program, a Mentoring Program, and a range of workshops and digital communications to connect women to development and training opportunities, grants and resources, and other valuable information from across the Victorian Government and our network of partners.

It is an inclusive group of rural and regional Victorian women who inspire, resource and empower each other to thrive, lead and succeed in their businesses and communities.

Read more about the first Rural Women’s Network and the Victorian Government’s 2017 announcement.

Subscribe to the Victorian Rural Women's Network

The Rural Women’s Network exists to connect, inspire, resource and empower rural women.

Our regular e-newsletter means subscribers feel supported and informed so they can thrive and excel in their businesses and communities. It is free to subscribe and keeps rural women informed of:

  • inspiring stories from rural women from across Victoria
  • upcoming programs, training and events
  • grant opportunities from across the Victorian Government
  • opportunities for scholarships or other supports
  • publications and resources
  • links to other useful services from partners.

Your details will not be used for any other purpose or provided to any third party. See our privacy policy.

You can also connect with the Network by visiting the website or following on Facebook and Twitter.

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If you have any queries, please contact the Network Team at

Page last updated: 25 Jan 2023