Rural Women's Network

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.

Leadership Program

The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership Program builds the skills and confidence of women to participate in leadership and decision making that benefits rural industries and communities.

The program is an opportunity to learn with and from industry leaders, subject matter experts, and a group of their peers in a supportive community of practice that aims to accelerate their development as leaders.

The Network welcomes and encourages interest and applications from people from diverse backgrounds, capabilities and experiences.

Applications for for the Leadership Program will open in late 2022.

Subscribe to the Network Newsletter for updates on this program via the links below.

Mentoring Program

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network Mentoring Program provides rural women and opportunity to take part in a reciprocal peer-to-peer style mentoring relationship that will be guided by an experienced facilitator. This program ensures the wealth of insight and wisdom held by our Network members is shared.

The mentoring or ‘buddy’ style relationship as guided by the facilitator will assist participants in:

  • identifying leadership challenges
  • tackling business goals
  • developing leadership skills
  • career development and progression
  • building professional networks, and
  • implementing change with support.

The participants will be paired based on alignment of the participant’s experience and development goals. Program participants may wish to be matched with mentors from a similar industry, location, background or skillset – or may wish to be supported by someone with vastly different skills and expertise.

The Network welcomes and encourages interest and applications from people from diverse backgrounds, capabilities and experiences.

Expressions of Interest for the 2023 Mentoring Program will open in November 2022.

Subscribe to the Network Newsletter for updates on this program via the links below.

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.

More information

If you have any queries, please contact the Network Team at vrwnetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 11 Jul 2022