Australian businesswomen working together

We were very excited to hear of the recent launch of the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI) – the first national chamber of commerce to represent Australian businesswomen in Australia’s history.

We know women are a strong economic force – there are more than 700,000 women owned businesses in Australia – however there are no women on the board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) – the largest Australian business association, there are no female CEOs or chairs on any of the national state chambers and there are no women on the Australia Business Council board.

Yolanda Vega, who has established the new AWCCI says “Our goal, as an apolitical, not-for-profit organisation, is to promote commerce and trade” and to “unify the collective strength” of businesswomen in Australia. AWCCI will also instigate research and advocate for political and social changes to support businesswomen.

The work of AWCCI will be guided by an Advisory Committee that includes Dr Wendy Attwater, Professor Marian Baird, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Judi Hausmann, Deborah Hutton, Wendy McCarthy AO, Wendy Simpson and Dr Katherine Woodthorpe.

We’ll be getting behind this exciting new organisation. If you’d like to find out more or to sign up as a member – go to