Australia

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs in Australia
The Women in Global Business Program

The Australian Trade Commission, or Austrade, is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency. Austrade’s Women in Global Business program aims to bring together women involved in international trade and investment across Australia to help them develop business opportunities by providing support, information and advice and connections internationally.

Program Aims

  • To increase female participation in international trade to deliver greater economic benefits and job creation through greater diversity
  • Bring together women involved in international trade and investment across Australia and its trading partners to help them develop sustainable business.
  • Encourage, support and advance the involvement of women achieving international business success
  • Increase the profile of Australian business women involved in international trade within the local and international business community.
  • Connect Australian women to other women around the world to create business opportunities

Program Objectives: Assist – Connect – Share – Grow

  1. Assist … women in business by raising awareness of, and access to, the full range of government services by providing advice, support and assistance on international trade and investment.
  2. Connect … women with a strong domestic and international network of experienced businesspeople for mutual encouragement and support, including Australian ex-patriate women working overseas and encourage champions of the Women in Global Business mission
  3. Share … best practice and stories of successful business women who can be role models and mentors for other women interested in international trade and investment. Share with government agencies any impediments to women’s participation in international trade and collaborate to minimise the impacts of these barriers.
  4. Grow … the knowledge and participation of women in international business, through educational programs and trade and investment activities, including networking opportunities and links to other women’s networks both in Australia and overseas.

Online Resources for Women Entrepreneurs in Australia

Austrade’s Women in Global Business Program
www.austrade.gov.au/Women-in-Export/default.aspx

Austrade’s Women in Global Business Resources Guide
www.austrade.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/1418/Women-Global-Business-2009-Resources-

Other Government Websites

Australian Government Office for Women Women Entrepreneurs Publication www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/women/pubs/economic/entrepreneurs/Pages/default.aspx

Australian Government Office for Women Women in Trade Publication
www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/women/pubs/economic/trade/Pages/default.aspx

Australian Government Office for Women The Leadership Challenge: Women in Management Publication
www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/women/pubs/economic/leadership_challenge_women_manage/Pages/default.aspx

Australian Government Office for Women Women and Exports Publication
www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/women/pubs/economic/women_exports/Pages/default.aspx

Queensland Government’s resources for women in business
www.business.qld.gov.au/dsdweb/v4/apps/web/content.cfm?id=7461

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency
www.eowa.gov.au

Articles on Women Entrepreneurs in Australia

www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/top-10-lessons-of-successful-female-entrepreneurs.html

www.smartcompany.com.au/entrepreneurs/20100304-female-entrepreneurs.html

Academic publications on women entrepreneurs in Australia

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/13237/1/13237.pdf

Resources for Women in Business

Telstra Business Women’s Awards
www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com

Women in Business Network
www.womeninbusiness.org.au

Serious Women’s Business Conference
www.swb.com.au

The Ruby Connection
www.therubyconnection.com.au

Women’s Business Centre Australia
www.wbca.com.au

Business and Professional Women Australia
www.bpw.com.au

Chief Executive Women
www.cew.org.au

Women in Business
www.womeninbusiness.com.au

News and Information on Recent Developments in Australia for Women Entrepreneurs

Top 10 lessons of successful women entrepreneurs
Smart Company, 14 February 2008
http://www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/top-10-lessons-of-successful-female-entrepreneurs.html