Rural Women’s Network Leadership Program 2023

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

Program overview

The Rural Women’s Leadership Program is a structured 12-month program which combines a Core Program of Study with an Individual Program of Study aimed at supporting women to build the skills and confidence to participate in leadership and decision making that benefits rural industries and communities.

The Program provides funding to approximately 10 women from across Victoria to enable their participation in each of the Core and Individual programs of study.

The Core Program provides an opportunity to learn with and from industry leaders, subject matter experts, and their peers in a supportive community of practice with the aim of accelerating the development of women as leaders in the context of their chosen area of study.

In addition to the Core Program of Study, participants will undertake an Individual Program of Study to support their unique leadership goals, fill skill gaps, or expand an area of interest or expertise.

As a group, participants will be encouraged to interrogate complex issues, understand government decision-making, engage in deliberate reflection, think strategically, and gain skills in governance, advocacy and communications. They will set and pursue individual and shared goals for their development as leaders.

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.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following with their application:

  • a study plan relating to the Individual Program of Study (including each course to be undertaken, the duration, mode of study/location and name of RTO);
  • an estimate of costs to participate in the Program (including course fees, materials, travel, accommodation, and duration of any childcare services for a child or children of the applicant).

This is outlined in the program guidelines, and examples are provided via the links below.


To be eligible for either program, applicants must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • a woman who currently resides in regional or rural Victoria;
  • involved or interested in the Victorian agriculture sector and/or the Victorian agriculture supply chain; and
  • able to confirm their availability for the duration of the Program as set out in the table of Program Dates.

Program guidelines

These guidelines provide information the structure of the program, on what you need to do to apply, selection criteria, and what is required of scholarship recipients. Example study plans and budgets are also provided below to support applicants to develop this for their application.

Apply now

Applications for the Mentoring Program and the Leadership Program can be submitted by emailing a completed application form (below) to Receipt of applications will be confirmed via email.

Applicants may choose to apply to both programs, but can participate in only one program in a single calendar year.

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

More information

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network is managed by Agriculture Victoria, part of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

For more information, contact Lara McPherson, Senior Policy Officer Rural Women

Page last updated: 25 Jan 2023