Inspiring Australian women to international success


Welcome to Women in Global Business

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Businesses owned and operated by women are one of Australia’s fastest growing business segments.

Women in Global Business (WIGB) supports and inspires Australian businesswomen in taking their products and services to the world. It is a national program that offers women a central source of information and resources, support and connection.

WIGB is a joint Australian, State and Territory government initiative supported by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). 

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Complete the third Melbourne University - WIGB survey 


We need your help to collect data on the experiences, motivations and challenges experienced by Australia's international businesswomen as they engage with overseas markets. The survey is anonymous and only takes 20 minutes to complete. It can be completed on any device and you can log on and log off as it suits. The survey results help to inform government policy and fill the critical gap in data in Australia about this cohort of exceptional businesswomen. Previous reports available for download from this site on the right hand column. 

Complete survey here.

 WIGB Mentoring for Summer 2016 now open


WIGB Mentoring aims to connect businesswomen with little or no international experience with businesswomen who already have substantial experience in international trade and investment.

Check your eligibility here. Register here.

If you are unsure whether your business is ready for export complete this tool.

Read about the experiences of a WIGB Mentee and Mentor highlighted in AIGroup’s Industry newsletter, pg 37.

Mentors and Mentees are welcome. A fee applies to register as a Mentee. Mentors volunteer their time.

To check your eligability for the program or register as a Mentor or Mentee or for more information click here


Success Stories


WIGB members, who have been profiled as featured case studies in WIGB Lore, have practical knowledge that comes from first-hand experience in achieving substantial success in international business.Read their answers to 10 questions about their experiences.

 Have a look at inspirational Australian women here


 The 2016 Beryl Wilson Scholarship is open for applications

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Austrade established the Beryl Wilson Scholarship for Women in International Business in 2013 in recognition of Mrs Beryl Wilson, the first woman to be appointed as a trade commissioner in 1963. Beryl Wilson was appointed as Assistant Trade Commissioner in the Los Angeles office in 1963. She was later appointed the Deputy Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (now Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage, support and advance the involvement of women in international business. The scholarship will also contribute towards building Asia-capable staff and leaders.

The Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business is for women enrolled full time in the final year of a master’s degree, by coursework, in international business or a Master of Business Administration with an international business specialisation.

The scholarship is not available to students undertaking a master’s degree by research.

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We congratulate Ms Fei Li from Melbourne on her receipt of the 2015 Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business. 


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Speaker Series 2015

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India and China

Presentations from the Speaker Series 2015 will be available for download from this website in early November 2015


More women for trade missions


Discover commercial opportunities in overseas markets accompanying Ministers and the Prime Minister.  An online registration facility is now available for trade missions. Trade missions provide opportunities to explore new markets, network with peers and identify potential business partners. Sign up now!

Australian Export Awards 2015

49 AEA Finalists

Applicants to the 53rd Australian Export Awards have closed. Good Luck to all the exporters who have entered.

State and territory winners of the national categories will proceed as finalists to the national awards program. 

The 53rd Australian Export Awards Ceremony will be held in Melbourne on Friday 27th November 2015.

Do not miss important news and dates on the 2016 Export Awards Program. Register here.

Cynthia's Blog

We are half way through the year and the calendar for the rest of 2015 is filling up with key opportunities to assist and support women led businesses to grow...

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Education and Training

Education & Training

Are you ready to export? What information and resources are available to you?

Visit our events page to equip yourself for your next venture. We provide links to workshops, seminars and summits, run across Australia and internationally.

Click here for more information.

Austrade's International Readiness Indicator

Austrade's International Readiness Indicator

Don't know if you are ready to export?

Austrade's International Readiness Indicator is an online tool for new exporters and has been designed to help Australian businesses determine whether their business is ready for exporting. Click here for more.

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Pulse Survey

Women and men have equal access to business- critical roles

Research Survey

 University of Melbourne 

WIGB and the University of  Melbourne are collaborating on a five year longitudinal research project to investigate the experiences of Australia’s businesswomen engaging with international markets.

Complete the 2015 survey at this link.

Women, global trade and what it takes to succeed, 2015
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Australia’s underestimated resource: women doing business globally, 2013
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