AgriFutures NT Rural Women’s Award 2019

The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

Zoe Malone was the 2019 Rural Women’s Award winner for the Northern Territory. Zoe is passionate about the role volunteers play in creating strong and vibrant communities.

As the NT winner, Zoe received a $10,000 Westpac bursary to bring to fruition a project working with grassroots organisations to provide tools and information that will empower volunteers and community groups to take charge of their governance.

The two other NT finalists for 2019 were:

  • Donna Digby – Donna proposed to pitol a business development and leadership program to help women in remote Australia become InvestHER ready and build leadership and business skills, capabilities and confidence.
  • Dr Rebecca Mohr-Bell – Rebecca identified a lack of financial literacy amongst young people working on farms and in regional communities and proposed developing incentives, training packages and other incentives to teach financial literacy skills to young people in a relevant and engaging way.

Above (left to right): Donna Digby, Zoe Malone and Rebecca Mohr-Bell - the finalists for the AgriFutures™ 2019 Rural Women's Award.

Who can apply

  • The award is open to all women involved in rural industries, rural and regional businesses and rural and regional communities.
  • Location is no barrier. If you want to create impact, innovate and make a difference and/or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, then we want to hear from you.
  • Women must be over the age of 18, and Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • No formal qualifications are required.

Applications for the 2019 Rural Women’s Award have now closed.

What does the winner receive?

The $10,000 Westpac bursary is awarded to each state/territory winner, providing the financial resources to bring to life a project or initiative that will benefit rural industries, businesses and/or communities. The NT winner represents the NT as a finalist in the national award. The national winner will be awarded an additional $10,000 bursary and national runner up, an additional $5,000.

Visit the AgriFutures™ Australia website for more information.


Mila Bristow, Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Last updated: 28 March 2019