Women in Global Business (WIGB)

A national program that recognises women’s growing contribution to Australia’s economy through international trade.

Women in Global Business


The Women in Global Business (WIGB) program is a joint Australian, State and Territory government initiative established in December 2010. WIGB’s objective is to increase female participation in international trade and investment, delivering increased economic benefit and job creation.



Women in Global Business (WIGB) partnered with the University of Melbourne to survey 423 Australian businesswomen about their international engagement. The survey reveals an active community of international businesswomen from Australia building markets across the globe. Such women are an important national resource that warrants greater attention and support.

The program was launched in December 2010 by the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, the Hon. Justine Elliot.



The main objective of the Women in Global Business Activities (WIGB) is to increase the participation of women in international trade and investment.

The program also aims to:

  • bring together women involved in international trade and investment across Australia and its trading partners and to help them develop sustainable businesses
  • encourage, support and advance the involvement of women in international business success
  • raise the profile of Australian business women involved in international trade within the local and international business community
  • connect Australian women to international networks to create business opportunities.


Women in Global Business (WIGB) Activities

Businesses owned and operated by women are one of Australia’s fastest growing business segments. The Women in Global Business Activities (WIGB) program supports them to take their products and services to the world by acting as a central source of information and resources, support and connection.

Activities include:

  • a mentoring program, which has supported more than 200 women in the last four years
  • on-going skills and capability building workshops
  • an annual speaker series
  • an active social media presence
  • international engagement, through initiatives such as the first WIGB international chapter – WIGB Indonesia – which was launched in Jakarta in March 2015.

Women in Global Business Activities (WIGB) is also undertaking a five-year longitudinal study with the University of Melbourne to improve the quality of information available about Australia’s women-led businesses and their participation in global trade and investment.



Application is on an ongoing basis.


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