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Do you believe in the notion of “paying it forward”?

While kindness to others is not new, the Pay It Forward Effect began as a campaign in the United States in 2018 – there’s a website so it must be true! It was based on the idea that there was too much negativity in our world. The two goals of the Pay It Forward Effect campaign were:

  • Look for opportunities to spread kindness to people in your community. The act of kindness can be completely random, or targeted. The size of the act doesn’t matter either, just that you did it.
  • People can remain anonymous to the recipient. The movement has a numbered card that reads, “Pay it Forward.” The idea is that the good deed occurs, and the person leaves the card behind. Then the person who received the kindness can pay it forward to someone else.

You might also remember the movie called Pay It Forward. In it, Hailey Joel Osmont is a young boy who starts a pay it forward movement to make the world a better place. The idea is that one person does something good for three other people. Then each of those three people would do something good for three more people, and so on. The movie was based on a novel by the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde.* 

Ultimately, what all pay it forward movements have in common is the domino-like effect of spreading kindness and good deeds in a ripple effect. The idea that kindness begets kindness is a grassroots effort to improve lives. It’s a philosophy that Women’s Network Australia embraces and encourages. And it works – at many levels. I'd like to thank the many WNA Members who have being paying it forward this year. Our Network is strengthened by these efforts. 

Building gratitude with the idea of paying it forward can make you and your team feel good about the work you do. It’s an excellent way to improve corporate culture. And you might find it also pays dividends for your business bottom line too. 

This morning I'll by paying it forward for WNA by joining Member and former Australian Cricket Captain Jodie Purves (Fields) to present our sponsorship of the 2022 Young Cricketer Development Scholarship to Maryborough's Grace Collins. Grace is a young player with immense talent. More importantly, she demonstrates leadership and commitment to her education and through her conduct off the field. Keep an eye on the WNA social media channels for more news on this.

A reminder that WNA’s theme for April is “Incentivise”. Perhaps there’s no better incentive than feeling good about yourself and what you do by paying it forward? 

Keep reading below for news on upcoming events, member profiles and freebies.


With courage and hope,

Cheryl Gray

*Catherine Ryan Hyde has a new book called “Dreaming of Flight”, due out in print in Australia in June.
One to add to the reading list!

Timely warning on cybersecurity

This week WNA Member Liz Golding shared an important story about how her email was hacked and some of her clients were fraudulently invoiced. You can read Liz's story here. It's yet another timely warning that small business is being targeted by hackers and scammers. So take note. And if you need some pointers on how to improve your cyber security, CCQI are holding a free webinar on 21 April. Find out more or register here. Oh, and consider this your friendly Friday reminder - backup your data today!

A fun run... with a difference

Are you interested in running for office? Applications are now open for the 2022 Pathways to Politics Program for Women in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. It's a non-partisan opportunity to find out more about politics and leadership. The program is an initiative of the Trawalla Foundation, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and University of Melbourne and seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in Australian politics. It is delivered in partnership with state-based universities, the University of Melbourne (UoM), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and University of New South Wales (UNSW). So if you or a woman you know are interested in running for office, this could be a great first step. Applications close midnight 26 April. Find out more here.

Mental health support for small business owners

Beyond Blue has developed a free mental health coaching program for small business owners. The program is designed for businesses with 20 staff or less to give owners support to manage stress and get back to feeling like themselves. Find out more here.

Breast Cancer Trials

The fear of breast cancer coming back is one of the most common issues faced by people diagnosed with breast cancer. A breast cancer recurrence is where breast cancer comes back following treatment after a period of time when cancer couldn’t be detected. It may happen months or even years after the original breast cancer was treated.

Recurrence occurs when cells from the original breast cancer diagnosis break away and hide nearby in the breast (local recurrence), an unrelated new breast cancer occurs in one or the other breast (new primary breast cancer), or the cancer spreads elsewhere in the body (distant recurrence).

Fortunately, Australia and New Zealand have some of the best survival rates of breast cancer in the world. In Australia, the five-year survival rate is 91 per cent, and 88 per cent in New Zealand.

But despite recurrences usually occurring within five years after the initial treatment, the fear that cancer may return at any time in life is a very normal and common worry for most people.

In Breast Cancer Trials’ latest Q&A event, moderated by TV presenter Annabel Crabb, a panel of experts will be discussing the latest in research and clinical trials, personal experiences of breast cancer, living with the fear of recurrence and how to manage that fear, as well as what help is available.

The expert panel includes Professor Sherene Loi, Professor Prue Francis, Associate Professor and clinical psychologist, Lesley Stafford and Ms Leslie Gilham, a Breast Cancer Trials participant and Chair of the Breast Cancer Trials Consumer Advisory Panel. 

You can join this informative and free online Q&A on 11 May, 5pm-6.30pm AEST. Register here.



With thanks to Maslow Entertainment, WNA has a limited number of free double passes available to Nobody Has to Know. It is described as "an engrossing and emotionally charged British drama", featuring a prestigious and acclaimed cast including Games of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley.   Watch the trailer here.

Set among the picturesque Scottish Isle of Lewis, Nobody Has to Know, tells the story of Phil (Bouli Lanners), a middle-aged farmhand working in the remote Outer Hebrides who suffers amnesia following a stroke. A lonely local woman, Millie (Fairley) helps him acclimate back to his life and claims they were once in a relationship before his accident. This is a fragile lie that Millie must protect to keep their burgeoning romance alive, but at what cost? 

Email the WNA team for a free double-pass - first in, first served. WNA Members only please. 


News from Queensland

The Queensland Government will ease restrictions from 1am Thursday 14 April 2022 to allow everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to work at and visit a range of businesses and venues including:

  • Pubs, clubs, cafés and restaurants
  • Cinemas, theme parks and casinos
  • Showgrounds
  • Weddings
  • Galleries, libraries, museums and stadiums.
This means patrons and staff will no longer need to check-in to prove their vaccination status from 1am on 14 April. The requirement for vaccinations will still apply in vulnerable settings including hospitals, aged and disability care, prisons, schools and early childhood centres.

Brisbane North Networking Breakfast - Tuesday 26 April, Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra

We have a few seats remaining for the Brisbane North Networking Breakfast on 26 April. Join new WNA Member Dr Gail Crossley-Craven who will host an engaging conversation as we enjoy a splendid breakfast and divine coffee! Book your seat at the breakfast table here.


Tickets are selling fast for our "Samba at Sunset" event at Hanworth House on 1 May, in support of our Dancing CEO, Jo Sainsbury, and Women's Legal Service Queensland. There's exotic food and dancing, amazing raffle prizes and excellent company! As a charity event, we are opening this one up to non-Members, partners, friends and colleagues, so feel free to organise a group! Oh, and there just happens to be a public holiday the next day for you to rest your tired Samba feet! Book here. 

WNA Charity of Choice Event 

The Carers Foundation Australia Who Cares? Luncheon will be held at Victoria Park, Brisbane, on 17 June.  This is a not-to-be-missed event in support of unpaid carers in our community. Book here for tickets.


News from Victoria

Wonderful connections were made at yesterday's WNA Networking Breakfast in Melbourne. Perhaps none better than between one of our newest members, 15-year-old Zara Jansz, founder of Embellishment Emporium, and our guest speaker, Kassandra Behrendtfounder and Creative Director of PagoniWe will be posting more photos on social media over the coming days. Apologies to those Members who received only late notice about this event. We've got a bug to fix in our CRM! And while we do that, please SAVE THE DATE - Friday 17 June when we will host City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, and others to discuss the future of Melbourne. 


News from New South Wales


Join our new CEO Cheryl Gray and a group of WNA Members and guests for a special networking opportunity at the superb Shell House, in the Sydney CBD, on Thursday 28 April. Limited tickets are available here.

Support for small business in NSW

The NSW Small Business Commission is a passionate supporter and advocate for small businesses. The Commission provides: 

  • advocacy support
  • mediation services, most commonly for retail or commercial lease disputes
  • selling to the NSW Government online training through TAFE NSW
  • other support and research on the small business landscape in NSW.

Service NSW for Business provides government support to start, run and grow your business, and adapt in times of change. Create a Business Profile to access available grants and rebates, track the progress of government transactions and manage regulatory obligations such as licences and permits. The Business Concierge can also provide one on one support for business owners applying for financial assistance, licences and grants.

Get free independent business advice, practical insights and business skills training on a range of topics for your small business. A Business Connect Advisor can help you to:

  • develop a business plan
  • market your business
  • manage cashflow
  • adopt digital tools
  • sell to government
  • and more.

For other ongoing support for your small business, visit the NSW Small Business Support page.

News from Tasmania

The next WNA Tasmania networking event will be held on Thursday 28 April,  from 6pm, at The Beach House, Blackmans Bay. Click here for ticket bookings

Free business advice

Do you have a business idea that you would like to explore? Are you considering setting up your own business?  All the services from Business South through the Entrepreneurship Facilitators Program are provided free of charge when considering a business start-up. Entrepreneurship facilitator Sharon Harvey can help with tailored mentoring and other support. Find our more here.

News from South Australia

Are you up for a fiery debate? Women in Media SA will be hosting writer and activist Van Badham and anti-sexual harassment advocate Chelsey Potter to debate who is better at advocating women’s voices, Liberal or Labor, or both sides now.  The event will be held on Tuesday 12 April, at 6:30pm in the Allan Scott Auditorium,  Hawke Building, Uni of SA. For details and ticket bookings, click here.

SA Grants News
For information on SA grants and financial incentives for business owners, including COVID recovery grants, bookmark this site.

The closing date for applications to the Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021 has been extended to 31 May 2022. This grant provides support to eligible small businesses in the hospitality, event, creative and performing arts sectors that sustained financial impacts over the festive season restriction period between 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022.  Businesses that meet the criteria may be eligible for payments of up to $12,500 ($4,400 for non-employing sole traders). Check the eligibility details and apply here


News from Western Australia


We will be holding a networking breakfast in Perth in early May. Stay tuned for details, or email us to confirm your interest in attending.


News from the Northern Territory

For information on Northern Territory Government grants and financial incentives for business owners, add this link to your bookmarks.


News from the ACT


We will be holding a networking evening in Canberra in mid-May. Stay tuned for details, or email us to confirm your interest in attending.

Are you looking to supply goods or services to the ACT Government? 

Download the new Step-by-Step Guide to successfully navigate the process from start to finish.

Discover how to prepare your business to identify opportunities and respond with confidence. Learn about lodging a tender or quote, getting feedback, and if you are successful, follow the tips for managing your contract. This Guide supports fair and equitable opportunities for all businesses, including women owned, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and Social Enterprise businesses. For more information call the Procurement ACT Helpdesk on (02) 6207 9000.

Is your COVID Safety Plan up to date?

It is essential to have an up to date COVID Safety Plan in place to protect staff, your business and the broader community. The ACT Business Hub provides guidance on COVID safety matters for business, including a COVID Safety Checklist to help in the development of your COVID Safety Plans. The Checklist was drafted on the basis that businesses are open to customers/patrons. By completing the Checklist, you will ensure that your COVID Safety Plan satisfies any requirements under the Public Health Direction.


Recommended reads for April

Our WNA book reviewers are hard at it! This month we are checking out three new titles:

We will be posting reviews and author interviews during the month, so stay tuned!  We will also be adding titles published by WNA Members to our online library, so email us if you'd like your book included.

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