Recognising positive and ongoing contribution to the Australian Rice Industry


  • Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the rice industry through outstanding service or leadership, over a period of ten years or more

  • Nominees can be a rice grower, researcher, agronomist, industry employee, or other service provider.

Nomination process

A motion must be moved at an RGA Branch Meeting nominating a candidate for election as an Honorary Councillor.

A nomination form must then be completed with representatives from the Executive of at least two Branches signing the nomination form.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the RGA.

One (1) copy of the nomination materials must be submitted to the RGA at least 7 days prior to the July Central Executive meeting. 

The nominator must submit the nomination form and information describing the lifetime achievements of the nominee, not to exceed 350 words.

** Multiple recipients may be awarded this award each year depending on number of nominations received. 

Procedures for election

The nomination will be tabled at the July Central Executive meeting.

If Central Executive resolves that the nomination be approved it will make a recommendation to be awarded at the yearly RGA Annual Conference Gala Dinner.


Honorary Councillors will receive a complimentary lifetime RGA membership subscription, with full membership benefits and voting rights.

Complementary ticket to the RGA Gala Dinner.

Honorary Councillors will have their name added to the Honour Roll in the RGA Office.

A gift in recognition of their achievements.


About Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia

The RGA is the collective voice of rice growers in Australia

Rice production is one of the most important agricultural activities on the planet – more than half the people in the world eat rice at least once a day. In Australia we can produce enough rice annually to feed more than 20 million people, 365 days a year. Australian growers can produce more rice per hectare than anywhere else in the world, and lead the world in water use efficiency. From paddock to plate, Australian grown rice uses 50 percent less water than the global average

The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) represents more than 1200 voluntary members, serving the interests of rice growers, and providing benefits  to members, to ensure they can provide a legacy for their children, create employment in their districts and grow quality rice.

The RGA ensures its members have strong and effective representation on issues affecting the viability and sustainability of their businesses, the industry and their regional communities.  The main policy focus areas are Water, Farm Business and Productivity, Industry Affairs and Environmental Sustainability.

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