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Briggs, Jill

Victoria, Australia
Business woman, Farmer and Management consultant


Jill Briggs was a regional winner of the ABC Rural Woman of the Year award in 1997. She represented the North East region in Victoria. She is a partner in a third generation family farm in Rutherglen, Victoria, where they manage a 600 acre cattle and cereal crop farm, and has developed a fine repuation in leadership training and management consulting in the primary industry sector. She is the managing director of the firm Rural Training Initiatives.

Jill has worked with rural industries and communities since 1985 when she began work as a secondary teacher. She moved into the tertiary/vocational sector developing her expertise in the area of Adult learning.

Jill has also had an active community profile, as a member of the of the National Committee for Australian Women in Agriculture (AWIA). She has attended a number of fora at an international and national level including the International Agricultural Women's Conference, and she was invited to attend the 2020 summit in 2008. She was recently one of a gourp of women from AWIA to travel to Papua New Guinea to to start the conversations with PNG women and to them with their vision for a national group to assist in networking between the many local groups, and to give the women a strong voice to government.



Nominated for ABC Rural Woman of the Year in Victoria

Sources used to compile this entry: ABC Radio, '1997 ABC Victoria Rural Woman of the Year Award Winners', in ABC Radio Rural Woman of the Year Award, ABC Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1997,; Australian Women in Agriculture, 'Australian Women in Agriculture Website', in Papua New Guinea Women in Agriculture Development Foundation latest member of AWiA, Australian Women in Agriculture, Australian Women in Agriculture Ltd, 2008,; Rural Trainig Initiatives Website accessed [2010-04-19].

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