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Are you passionate about making a difference in agriculture? Do you want to further develop your skills and take your career to the next level? If so, the Zanda McDonald Award is perfect for you. We're all about recognising determined and passionate young individuals from Australia and New Zealand who are making waves in the agricultural industry. The Award offers a unique opportunity to learn from successful leaders and peers, network with the best in trans-Tasman agriculture, gain valuable experience through a tailored mentoring program, and grow both personally and professionally.

Our vision for our finalists and winners is simple: To learn, network, experience and grow.

  • Learn – from successful leaders and peers

  • Network - with the best in trans-Tasman agriculture

  • Experience – first-hand through a tailored mentoring programme

  • Grow – your capabilities, for personal and professional development


To be eligible for the award, you must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years or younger (as of 31 August 2024) and currently working in agribusiness in Australia or New Zealand. It's important to note that applicants should not have any personal connections to individuals involved in the award scheme.


Before applying, make sure to read and understand the terms and conditions associated with entering.


Past finalists and winners of the award have come from a variety of agricultural backgrounds: vets, cattle station managers, livestock consultants, beef, sheep, and/or dairy farmers, and self-employed agri-entrepreneurs.  Applicants (and past finalists and winners) have also included those who've worked in the agribusiness corporate sector, such as Fonterra, Pamu Farms, Baker Ag in NZ; LambPro, QLD Depart. of Agriculture in Australia.

Regardless of where they all work and live, what all of our finalists and winners share is the drive to succeed, to make a difference within their industry and to make the most of the opportunities presented to them along the way. If this sounds like you, then why not take the leap and apply?

Applicants must display a passion and a desire to improve their industry. The award winner must be prepared to represent the Zanda McDonald Award as an ambassador during their term. For example, they may be invited to represent the award at industry events, field days, or industry conferences.



  • Shortlist Judging is currently taking place

  • Five people from each country will be selected to be interviewed during the first week of December. 

  • After the interviews, three finalists from each country will be announced and invited to attend the Impact Summit (location and date TBC).

  • The announcement of the winner from each country is to be made during the Celebration Dinner at the Impact Summit.

For any questions about the application or the award process, please contact

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