The Tasmanian AgriFutures Rural Women's Award

​​Applications for the 2022 awards have now closed

This year AgriFutures has two categories:  Rural Women's Award and Rural Women's Acceleration Grant.
AgriFutures Rural Women's Award logo 

What is the AgriFutures Rural Women's Award?

The AgriFutures Rural Women's Award is Australia's leading Award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities.  
The award:
  • recognises, celebrates, and acknowledges exceptional women and their vital contribution
  • provides financial and practical support to implement award winners' visions 
  • celebrates exceptional contribution to rural communities and industry
  • builds skills in industry and leadership 
  • provides important recognition for the value of women in agriculture
Despite its name, the Award is primarily NOT about being the best rural woman - it is about identifying a learning opportunity that you believe will benefit you and your industry.  

Read the media release​ announcing the 2022 TAS AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Winner.

Fast facts
  • Each state and territory winner receives a $15,000 bursary for existing projects, businesses or programs, a $7,500 Learning and Development budget, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.
  • The National Winner and Runner Up receive an additional $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.
  • State and territory department representatives provide individuals with guidance and feedback throughout the application process.
  • Previous winners and finalists have the opportunity to join the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Alumni.
  • Each state/territory has a Chair and Committee which sit on the selection panel to work alongside applicants and provide support along the way. The committees also work collaboratively with the state and territory agencies and facilitate events for Alumni in their state.
Key Dates 
26 August 2021
2022 Applications open
​8 ​October 2021
2022 Applications close
20 October 2021
​​2020 National Winner and Runner Up announcement (online)
November 2021 - January 2022
Review of Award applications
February - March 2022
Announcements of the successful state winner and finalists

What is the AgriFutures Rural Women's Acceleration Grant?

The AgriFutures Rural Women's Acceleration Grant aims to provide Australian women with learning and development opportunities, upskilling them so they can bring their idea, cause, or vision to life.

It will run separately to the Rural Women's Award; however it will complement the process, aiming to provide a leadership and development opportunity to women who are not quite ready to apply for the Award.

Fast Facts
  • Seven x $7,000 Acceleration Grants for learning and development are awarded each year.
  • Applicants are required to have an idea, a cause, or a vision in its early stages.
  • The grants are awarded on merit, not per State/Territory.
  • Successful AgriFutures Rural Women's Acceleration Grant applicants can apply for the AgriFutures Rural Women's Award in the future.
Key Dates 
26 August 2021
Applications open
8 ​October 2021
Applications close
November 2021 - January 2022
Review of Grant submissions
February - March 2022
Announcements of successful recipients

How do I apply?

The AgriFutures Australia website provides important information about:
The Awards are open to all women involved in rural and emerging industries, rural and regional businesses, and rural and regional communities.  Women must be over the age of 18 and must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.  No formal qualifications are required.

You can also connect to AgriFutures Australia Facebook and connect to AgriFutures Twitter.

Due to the uncertain environment with COVID-19, the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award State/Territory Winners, will remain as their state/territory winner until October 2021 when the National Winner and Runner Up of this cohort will be announced online. 

IN TASMANIA ONLY, finalists receive a Tasmanian Women in Agriculture​ (TWIA) Leadership and Skills Development Bursary as follows:
  • TWiA Encouragement ​Award (runner up) - $2,000
  • TWiA Rural Women's Development Award Finalists - $1,000 each

Connect to Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Facebook

21-year History

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award has launched a new book celebrating the contribution of the Award through the lens of the women who have been a part of its 21-year history.

The theme of the book is celebrating 21 years with the same question posed to all the participants: “What advice would you give your 21-year-old self.”

To order a hard copy of this book or to download a soft copy of the book for free, contact AgriFuture Australia.


Rural Women's Award Coordinator
Sue Weedon
PO Box 46
Phone: 03 6777 2233