Academic and Community Outcomes


The project team is made up of experts in the fields of social work, women’s history, cultural informatics, museum practice and public policy. Over the three years of the Invisible Farmer project a variety of research and community outcomes will be created:



New public and research collections of women on the land
45 life histories of Australian women on the land will form a major public collection to be held at the National Library of Australia. Australian museums of all sizes will be encouraged to showcase their collections relating to the history of women on the land.

A history of the Australian Rural Women’s Movement
This study will investigate this significant national and international movement of the 1980s-1990s. It will reflect on the cultural, industrial and political structures that have contributed to the continued invisibility of farm women in Australia.

A contemporary analysis of women in Australian agriculture
This research will analyse the contemporary opportunities and limitations to women’s leadership in agriculture. It will consider the impact of gender equity on the health, resilience and sustainability of rural communities and more broadly the capacity of Australia to adapt in a climate changed world.

A detailed analysis of web content, online tools and interconnectivity across rural Australia
The internet offers the promise of access, research, community transformation and cultural change. This research will map the geographic and generational gaps across rural Australia and investigate how to maximise interconnectivity between the variety of platforms and digital content.

A Comparison of Rural Women Farmers in Victoria, Australia and Idaho, USA: Histories, Climate Change, and the Future of Agriculture
In partnership with Museum Victoria and Monash University, Utah State University doctoral student and documentary photographer, Tagen Towsley Baker, will use digital storytelling to capture and compare the histories and experiences of farm women in Victoria with farm women in Idaho, USA.

Education programs for primary and high school students
Funding is being sought to develop a series of education programs that will build new histories, create new and exciting connections across generations and open up education opportunities through digital platforms and resources to educate young Australians. The education programs will take place in two distinct stages; in Victoria and a broader national program.

Creative Community Involvement
There will be lots of opportunities to share stories and be involved in the project via social media, community forums & events, radio and TV programs. From 8 March to 14 May 2017 Australians are invited to pay tribute to women on the land. Send a photo and up to 500 words to ABC Open and tell us about the important contribution women make to their land, farm, community and agriculture in general.