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.

Congratulations to the 3 Queensland finalists for 2019, Ann Ross (Sunshine Coast), Charlotte Durack (Brisbane) and Natasha Roebig (Logan).

  • Ann Ross, Sunshine Coast - Ann is passionate about native bee sustainability and smart farming technology. She hopes to use the prize bursary to develop equipment to support research into native bee populations in regional Queensland.
  • Charlotte Durack, Brisbane - Charlotte will use her expertise in agricultural branding to produce a design, branding e-book and workshop to help agribusinesses build their brands.
  • Natasha Roebig, Logan - Natasha is a champion for ethical beekeeping and plans to establish a training facility to encourage greater information sharing, mentoring and networking across the apiary industry.

The 2019 Queensland winner will be announced on 21 March 2019.

Applications for the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award will open in August 2019. 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.

Women's Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC)

The WINSC is a national network representing women from a range of seafood sectors, including commercial fishing, aquaculture, processing, research and policy, and resource management.


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