QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards Program 2020

2020 QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards Program

For the eighth consecutive year, the program will identify and celebrate the exceptional leadership strengths of another legion of outstanding women who live, work, achieve, volunteer and/or are in service of Queensland’s rural, regional and remote (RRR) areas.

QRRRWN’s Awards program applauds the achievements of rural, regional and remote women in all their diversity and skill and is a platform to both recognise their achievements and to connect them with QRRRWN’s network, as they become alumni of the program.  Their skills are nurtured and developed by a series of webinars which encourage nominees to work with mentors to articulate their work, both volunteer and paid.


The categories are broken into three streams:-

1. QRRRWN Woman of the Year

This award celebrates the achievements of women who have made significant contributions to high priority issues in Queensland.  Nominations are welcome for this major award, but can also be accepted from and at the discretion of the judging panels of the other six awards.

2. RRR Awards

There are six opportunities for nominations to celebrate inspiring women in business, leadership, volunteering and storytelling. See below for details.

3. Young Women’s Leadership stream

This category is dedicated for young RRR Women aged 16-25 years and entrants must fit the age criteria of the awards.


QRRRWN Woman of the Year 

  1. QRRRWN Woman of the Year 2020

RRR Awards:

  1. QRRRWN Small Business Owner of the Year 2020
  2. QRRRWN Influential Leader Award 2020
  3. QRRRWN Volunteer of the Year 2020
  4. QRRRWN Story Teller of the Year 2020
  5. QRRRWN Inspirational Woman 2020

Young Women’s Leadership Award:

  1. QRRRWN Young Woman with a Vision 2020


Firstly, check below to ensure the nominee is eligible for the Awards program.

Click HERE to access online form.
The form will guide you through the process, and direct you, whether you are self-nominating or nominating someone else.


Every entrant in the Awards program MUST be:-

  • Active in their profession/career/business/community work in the rural, regional and/or remote sector of Queensland at least 80 per cent of their work and/or volunteer time .
  • A resident of Queensland
  • An individual financial member of QRRRWN at the time they lodge their Award entry documentation*. To join QRRRWN go to www.qrrrwn.org.au.

*Entrants can join QRRRWN after they have been nominated for the Award and PRIOR to submitting their final Awards Entry documentation.

NOTE: An entrant is NOT eligible if they are employed, or contracted to work in any capacity for QRRRWN at any time during the 2020 year. 


  • Nominations open 15th June 2020
  • Award entries close 4th September 2020
  • Award nominees announced 11th September 2020
  • Award Finalists announced 15th October 2020 at QRRRWN International Rural Women’s Day Events.
  • Winners announced 5 December 2020 at QRRRWN’s International Volunteer Day Event.


To enquire directly about the awards process, please email awards@qrrrwn.org.au or email Davida Melksham or Phone 0427 299 662.

For all other QRRRWN enquiries, please phone QRRRWN’s ESO on 1300 795 571 or email ESO during business hours.

For Media Enquiries, please contact Davida Melksham on 0427 299 662. View Media Release here.



Funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal in partnership with the Australian Government.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Office of Women and the Queensland Government are the Major Sponsor of the 2020 Strong Women Leadership Awards Program.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal are generous sponsors of the Leadership mentoring and development of the Awards program.


Panda Pearls has again supported the Awards program by donating gifts for speakers, and prizes for finalists.

Our Alumnae

We look forward to introducing the faces of 2020’s Strong Women Leadership Awards, but take this moment to celebrate not only those who were successful in each of the categories in 2019, but all those who were nominated.


To enquire directly about the awards process, please email awards@qrrrwn.org.au or email Davida Melksham at davidam@qrrrwn.org.au or Sarah Grayson at sarahg@qrrrwn.org.au. For other enquiries, please email Megan Kuhn at eso@qrrrwn.org.au.