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10/04/2006

$10,000 scholarships on offer for young rural people

The Australian Government is offering scholarships worth up to $10,000 to help boost the business, leadership and corporate governance skills of young rural people, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sussan Ley, announced.

Ms Ley said the scholarships — part of the highly successful Industry Partnerships Programme — will enable the winners to attend a residential course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

“The prestigious, five-day course will help young rural people develop the skills and confidence needed to be successful members of industry or community boards,” she said.

“And that’s an important part of contributing more to senior decision-making and leadership processes, and boosting the long-term competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of their industries.

“There are up to 14 scholarships on offer — including at least one from each State and the Northern Territory.

“Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 before the closing date (5 May 2006), and have worked or been involved in an agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food or natural resource management-related industry for at least three years.”

Further information and application forms are available by visiting www.daff.gov.au/industrypartnerships, emailing , or calling (02) 6271 6437.

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