Rural Women's Network

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network (the Network) 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.

Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program

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The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program, together with three partner organisations, offers funded places for rural and regional Victorian women on a range of established leadership and mentoring programs.

These highly regarded programs are available to rural and regional Victorian-based women involved in:

  • agriculture,
  • or the agriculture supply chain.

They are tailored for women at all stages of their leadership journey, from emerging to experienced leaders, and include opportunities to begin or boost board experience.

Applications for funded places on 2021 programs open from mid-2020 through to early 2021. To apply or to find out more, click the links below.

The Network is proud to partner with three program providers:

For more information and to apply, visit the Victorian Rural Women’s Network website or email

Why join the Victorian Rural Women's Network?

The Victorian Rural Women's Network

The Rural Women’s Network was first formed in 1986 to connect rural and regional woman. In July 2017, the Victorian Government announced a re-established and revitalised Network.

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

The Network exists to connect, inspire, resource and empower rural women. Regular communication means subscribers feel supported and informed so they can thrive and excel in their businesses and communities.

The Network works with Victoria's rural women's groups, businesses and individuals to share ideas and information.

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 has a dedicated website, social media platforms and a regular e-newsletter that keep rural women informed of:

  • upcoming events
  • programs
  • grants
  • scholarships
  • gatherings
  • activities
  • publications
  • resources
  • links to other useful services

More information

Subscribe to the Victorian Rural Women's Network

It’s free to subscribe to the Victorian Rural Women's Network.

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

If you have any queries, please contact the Rural Women’s Coordinator at

Page last updated: 10 Jul 2020