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  • The most actively trading businesses, are those with an annual turnover of under $200,000.
  • Women are at the heart of the small business economy with 660,280 women now running and operating businesses across Australia.
  • Half of all female small business owners with children are solo mumpreneurs and 81% of them work from home.
  • There are now more women than men running businesses in the 33-45 year old age bracket.
  • Women own almost half of all home-based businesses and one-third of businesses operating from other locations.
  • Women setting up business from home is the fastest growing sector of the Australian economy.


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About Us

It started with a few women helping each other, sharing business contacts, information and ideas for success and 27 years on and it has become the Nation's leading networking organisation for women in business.

We are a membership-based organisation that empowers women to reach their full potential in business. For over two decades we have been educating, guiding and supporting women in their pursuit of success, helping them to turn their start up or newly founded businesses into profitable enterprises.

Our Members enjoy a balanced range of activities and benefits which are supported by live networking events, online services, educational forums and consulting services. The trade and referrals between our Members is one of our organisation's most recognised and valued benefits.

On joining Women's Network Australia you instantly tap into an extensive network of business and personal contacts and an environment that is supportive of both your business and personal goals.

We continue to grow and lead the way as one of the most respected and valuable resources for women in business today. You'll find, like thousands of women who have joined before you, that becoming a Member of Women's Network Australia is only the first of many benefits to be gained from your rewarding relationship with us.


  • Provide a strong network of business and personal contacts and to encourage trade and information sharing between Members.
  • Provide access to professional and personal development information in a unique and supportive business environment.
  • Inspire and encourage women to develop professional strategies and skills for success in business.
  • Provide a pooling facility for like-minded individuals to share information, ideas and knowledge and bring about positive change.
  • Provide a forum for the recognition of women's achievements and encourage others to emulate these role models.
  • Lift the level of awareness, acceptance and visibility of women and the talents and resources they have to offer the economy.


Lynette Palmen AM, Founder and Managing Director, Women's Network AustraliaWomen's Network Australia was established in 1990 by business entrepreneur, Lynette Palmen AM. Inspired by her own personal and business experiences in the corporate sector, she set out to design an organisation based on what she wished had been available to her.

For over two decades she has dedicated her career to improving the lives and business outcomes for women. A champion and fearless leader, she speaks to, for and about women's issues and has been instrumental in developing a framework in which women are educated and empowered to succeed in their career or business pursuits.

Lynette's vision and leadership qualities are inspirational. She is a mentor and role model to thousands of women across Australia. Lynette received the prestigious Queen's Honour for her role in improving the quality of life for women across the Nation.

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