QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards Program 2020

2019 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

RRR Awards:

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

Young Women’s Leadership Award:

  1. QRRRWN Young Woman with a Vision


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

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. 


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.


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.


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


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.