Last chance to apply for CCA’s NAB Rising Champions award

Beef Central, 24/06/2019

Last year’s winner and state finalists: From left, Roley James, NT Finalist, James Campkin-Smith, Victorian Finalist, Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, MP, Hon Dr John McVeigh, MP, Emily Pullen 2019 Rising Champion, Lucy Morris, WA Finalist, Tracey Gowen, NSW Finalist, Kate Fairlie, SA Finalist, Ella Anderson, Tas Finalist, Howard Smith, CCA President, Sanja Slatter, NAB Agribusiness.


YOUNG Australian beef industry stakeholders have until this Sunday, 30 June to apply for the 2020 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative.

Now in its tenth year, the Rising Champions gives young, passionate beef industry representatives access to some of Australia’s key agricultural leaders, and provides them with tools and opportunities to boost their personal career development.

Cattle Council CEO Margo Andrae said the initiative provided the next generation of young leaders the opportunity to harness their passion and develop professional skills like leadership, advocacy and public speaking.

A finalist from each state will be selected to attend an intensive three-day leadership development workshop in Canberra in August 2019, where they will participate in policy development, political engagement and professional networking activities.

NAB Agribusiness Customer Executive Neil Findlay said he encouraged anyone interested in progressing their career in the beef industry to apply.

“The Rising Champions Initiative is such an excellent opportunity for young members of the beef industry, and we’re looking forward to supporting the next generation of advocates as they develop their leadership skills,” Mr Findlay said.

The initiative is open to beef industry participants between 21 and 35 years of age. There are no pre-requisite qualifications, but applicants must demonstrate a passion and commitment to Australia’s beef industry.

The national 2020 NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champion will be announced at the annual NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Gala Dinner in Canberra on 14 August 2019.

The program is supported by NAB Agribusiness and McDonald’s, as well as Cattle Council’s state farming organisations members.

For more information on key dates and how to apply, visit or email




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