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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The Speaker Series will visit all capital cities and Alice Springs between 13 and 30 October.

Keynote speakers:

  • Nicola Watkinson, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade, New Delhi
  • Liu Bing, A/g Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade, Shanghai
  • Senior executive women from India and China

Case study speakers from each State and Territory who are exceptional women in international business. They will discuss their export journey to those markets.

Darwin 13 October Register now
Alice Springs 14 October Register now
Brisbane 16 October Register now
Adelaide 20 October Register now
Sydney 22 October Register now
Canberra 23 October Register now
Melbourne 26 October Register now
Perth 28 October Register now
Hobart 30 October Register now





The 2nd report of this five year year longitudinal study by the University of Melbourne and Women in Global Business was published on the 19th of March, 2015. The report reveals Australian businesswomen are seasoned exporters interested in further expansion. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed indicated an intention to expand into even more markets. The Women in Global Business programme commissioned the five-year study to shed light on women’s growing contribution to Australia’s economy through international trade.

Executive Summary: Download

Full Report: Download

China e-commerce roadshow

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Austrade has released the E-Commerce in China: a Guide for Australian Business which was launched via a series of seminars held in Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast. Senior representatives from China’s most influential online platforms, including Alibaba,, Yihaodian and, provided first-hand perspectives on China’s internet shopping revolution. These platforms represent more than 82 per cent of online business-to-consumer sales in China and provided an exceptional insight for the 600 participants.

Access the e-commerce guide here.

WIGB Mentoring: next intake Summer 2016 open in October.


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 Beryl Wilson Scholarship 2015 winner

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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.

The scholarship, established last year on the 50th anniversary of the appointment of Beryl Wilson as Australia’s first female Trade Commissioner, seeks to encourage women to consider a career in international business. Read more



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Speaker Series 2015


India and China

Planning is underway for the 2015 Speaker Series which will be held in the last two weeks of October 2015. The Speaker Series roadshow will travel across the country and visit all capital cities. It will feature keynotes speakers drawn from India and China and case study speakers doing international business in these markets, drawn from each State and Territory.

Email if you wish to nominate as a speaker.

Email your Expression of Interest to attend.

Download presentations from 2014. 


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

More women than ever were finalists for the 2014 Australian Export Awards and we want to better that in 2015. Consider the benefits of putting your company forward for an Export Award this year. Give your business the edge when promoting overseas. Applications open in May 2015. 

Find out more information and finalists 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

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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.

Women, global trade and what it takes to succeed, 2015
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Download Executive Summary 

Australia’s underestimated resource: women doing business globally, 2013
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Download Executive Summary 

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