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Win a ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra

At least 10 regional, rural and remote young women will win our Leadership Competition and score an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra. Winners will be flown out to Canberra on 20 November 2016 and stay until 23 November 2016. This once-in-a-lifetime prize consists of the following: 

  • Main Day 1: 
    • A full day of leadership training at the Australian National University, co-hosted by Raising Hope Education Foundation;
    • Pubic Speaking training run by TEDxCanberra;
    • Team-building exercises run by Defence Force Recruiting;
    • A morning yoga session;
    • Inspiring special guest speakers;
    • In the evening, you will be guest of honour at an exclusive Country to Canberra evening fundraiser event. You’ll attend alongside members parliamentarians, members of the community, inspiring leaders, volunteers and more.
  • Main Day 2: 
    • You’ll be guest of honour at our traditional Powerful Women’s Breakfast, to meet with motivating female leaders, including senior executives, MPs and Senators. In the past, attendees have included former Chief Minister and now Federal Senator Katy Gallagher, President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition Pat Hamilton, ACT Woman of the Year Amanda Whitely, the highest female executive at Defence Rebecca Skinner, Cathy McGowan MP, Gai Brodtmann MP and many more amazing women;
    • A behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament House and special tickets to Question Time;
    • A tour of the Australian War Memorial, lead by female Defence members;
    • Private meetings with Ministers and MPs at Parliament. In past years, winners have met with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP, Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek MP and Deputy Nationals Leader Senator Fiona Nash, plus more!
  • Other perks: 
    • You’ll have access to 6 free online mentorship sessions with a trained Raising Hope mentor;
    • Free flights to and from your closest airport to the ACT;
    • Paid-for accommodation, food and incidentals;
    • Access to Country to Canberra’s alumni network after the trip;
    • Your essay, video or podcast will be published on the Country to Canberra website, as well as by our sponsors and key partners to provide you with national exposure;
    • Media exposure, training and an ability to discuss key equality issues on a national stage!

At least 10 young women will win the prize in 2016, with one coming from each state and territory (bar the ACT).

Runners-up will have their competition entries published on the Country to Canberra website as part of the ‘Top 25’ and promoted on social media channels. See our Terms and Conditions and Enter the Competition pages for more details. Good luck!



 Julie Bishop MP chatting with our rural winners and founder Hannah.