Women in rural industries

Women are integral to Queensland's farming, fishing and forestry enterprises. It is vital that women working in rural industries develop and share their knowledge and skills. Developing women's strengths will in turn contribute to the growth of profitable and innovative businesses, industries and rural and regional communities.

To support women in rural industries and recognise the diversity and leadership women bring to Australia's rural industries, the Queensland Government supports the annual AgriFutures Australia Rural Women's Award and the new AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant program.

Applications for the 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award and the Acceleration Grant program are open from 26 August until 8 October 2021. Visit AgriFutures Australia for more information.

Industry and community networks supporting women in rural industries

The following industry and community networks support women in rural industries.

Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA)

Members of Australian Women in Agriculture are part of a recognised and dedicated national network involved in the development of Australian primary production, rural industries and communities.

Future Farmers Network

The Future Farmers Network is a national not-for-profit organisation that encourages and supports people aged 18-35 as they pursue and continue careers in agriculture and related fields.

Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA)

The QCWA was established in 1922 and aims to improve the education, health and welfare and enrich the lives of women and children particularly in regional areas of Queensland.

Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN)

The QRRRWN was founded in 1993 to meet the needs of women in rural communities throughout the state. Membership is not limited to rural women and includes those who work in related roles in rural and regional communities.

Growcom Women in Horticulture

Growcom delivers the Women in Horticulture network to support the dynamic, innovative women of the horticulture industry and help others build their skills, knowledge and networks.


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