Seeking Grains Ladies to Shape Agriculture's Future

21st Mar 2019

Women in the grains industry with an ambition to shape the future of Australia’s food and fibre sector are encouraged to apply for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2019 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. 

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is partnering with the NFF in the 2019 program to support more women to be represented in the industry’s key-decision making roles.

“The evidence shows that the result of women being well represented and genuinely heard 
is a more productive, profitable work environment,” Ms MacLean said.  “Women are a powerful force. They comprise half the population so it makes good business sense to support and empower women to reach their potential. When we do, all of society 
reaps the benefits." 

Ms MacLean appreciates the industry efforts to work towards fair representation in the 
industry’s key-decision making roles.“This program is about ensuring the agricultural industry has the very best input, leveraging off the intelligent and professional women we have across our sector. The very best industries have strong female representation across all aspects of business. It is encouragingto see that agriculture is working toward achieving diversity and equality across the board."

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program provides applicants with a six-month 
one-on-one mentorship and the opportunity to be a part of an alumni of female agriculture

Over the course, Program participants will work with their specially matched mentor to 
develop the skills and networks they need to realise their leadership ambitions. 

Successful 2019 applicants will also take part in a two-day Canberra leadership retreat 
during May and graduate in October as part of the NFF’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.  

To be eligible for Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, applicants must be 25 years 
or over. For full application guidelines and criteria visit

Applications close on Monday 1 April 2019. 

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