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Dear Guest,

Drop the ladder down.

That is the phrase that will stick with me from this week's #IWD22 events. It was used by Rochelle Courtenay, Founder of Share the Dignity, when discussing how we can best support young women. 

It seemed particularly apt when also thinking about how we can help the many thousands of families displaced and impacted by flooding, as we deal with the east coast weather emergency. We've been confronted by scenes of locals in tinnies conducting door-to-door rescues, and helicopter crews plucking desperate families from roof tops. And those of us unaffected by the water, or unable to join the Mud Army, have added a little 'survivor guilt' to our worries.

Just as Rochelle has done, we can drop the ladder down. We can make a conscious effort to put our hand out and offer our support to another. No judgement. No selfies. Just drop the ladder down.

My ladder went down this week to a 15-year-old in Melbourne who has started her own cake decorating business, Embellishment Emporium. Not only has she started the business and set up her website and social media marketing, she will be contributing a proportion of profit to The Hunger Project, targeting poverty in countries such as Africa, Bangladesh and India. Here is a young woman who is following her passion, found her purpose and is working hard to build her dream. You'll be hearing more about her journey in the future...

Thank you to all of our amazing WNA members for dropping the ladder down. It's going to be another tough year in business. By supporting each other, we can keep the boat floating a little higher in the water.

Until next week,

Cheryl Gray


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News from Queensland

Great to see WNA Members Ronnie Benbow and Elena Gosse listed among The Courier-Mail's Most Inspiring Queensland Women


The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is providing support for small business and individual taxpayers in affected local government areas in Queensland and New South Wales who need to lodge business activity statements and instalment notices with an original due date of 28 February 2022 or 21 March 2022.

These taxpayers can lodge relevant returns up until 28 March 2022 and do not need to request a lodgment deferral if they are able to lodge by that date. If unable to lodge by 28 March 2022, taxpayers or their tax professional can apply for a deferral, which will be granted on a case-by-case basis. The ATO also has a range of practical options available to support those who have been affected by the floods, like the support offered during the 2019/20 bushfires and COVID-19. Depending on individual circumstances, the ATO will develop a tailored plan for you and your small business. For more information visit or phone the ATO’s dedicated Emergency support line on 1800 806 218.


The business impacts from the recent flooding in south-east and regional Queensland are beyond what we’re all used to overcoming during disaster recovery efforts. For many of us, these floods are compounded against two years of emotional and financial impacts from COVID.

To assist, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and Brisbane Business Hub will be holding a free event on Wednesday 16 March, 9am-11am. SEQ flood recovery: Support to get back to business will include resources and tools to help your flood-impacted business recover physically, emotionally and financially. You’ll hear from the panel of industry experts and be able to ask questions. 

Get your free ticket here.  View the full list of events coming up at Brisbane Business Hub.

News from New South Wales

Applications are now open for the 2022 April cohort of the Tech Ready Women Female Founders Startup program, powered by Investment NSW and Sydney Startup Hub.  They are offering 50 scholarships to take aspiring female founders from idea to launch. If you identify as a woman from an under-resourced community, living in regional NSW and/or returning to work, you may be eligible for a 100% scholarship. Applications are open until 21 March. Click here for more details and to apply. 

Services and support for flood impacted areas

Residents and business impacted by flooding can access support services and assistance through the NSW Government. Click here for further details. 

News from Victoria

WNA Networking Breakfast - 7 April - Melbourne

Tickets are now available for our first 2022 live event in Melbourne. From a one-goat town in Greece to a life of passion and purpose in Australia, hear one woman's journey of growth and discovery; learning a new language, fighting cancer, depression and finally discovering her true creative self. Kassandra Behrendt is the founder and Creative Director of Pagoni, known for her keen eye, sense of style and unique creative flair. She shares her business and personal journey with energy and flair. Book your tickets here.

News from Tasmania

Tickets are now available for WNA's Cocktails & Conversations on Thursday 17 March, from 5:30pm at The Beach House, Blackmans Bay. Grandvewe cheesemaker and Ewe Care co-founder, Nicole Gilliver, is never one to be part of the herd! She recently launched Australia’s first sustainable skincare brand formulated with sheep milk and native botanicals, adding to Grandvewe’s award-winning cheeses and Hartshorn Distillery producing sheep whey gin and vodka. Come along and hear Nicole’s story and her dedication to turning unwanted ingredients into a progressive, profitable and marketable product.
Click here to book your ticket.

News from South Australia

Confused about Easter trading hours? Our friends at National Retail Association have collated an easy-to-read guide for when all states and territories can trade on the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays this year. This includes non-exempt trading hour restrictions for Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day. View the guide here.

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


News from Western Australia

Planning is underway for our first WNA event in Perth. What's your favourite venue for coffee and conversations? Email us with your thoughts. 


News from the Northern Territory

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

Would you like to be a WNA Ambassador in the NT? Email for details.


News from the ACT

Applications for the ACT's 2022-2023 Environmental Grants Program are now open. The program supports the community to address environmental issues they are concerned about, restoring and conserving natural places that are special to them, and engaging other community members to do the same.

There are two streams of interest to businesses:

  •  Environment (grants of up to $35,000)
  • Nature in the City (grants of up to $15,000)

Find out more here. Submissions close 4 April 2022.

Gamechangers is a new initiative under ACT Health’s Healthier Choices Canberra program that seeks to create powerful partnerships between local businesses and sponsorship-ready junior sport clubs, to create a win/win for both. This concept of proactive matchmaking between business and sporting clubs is something completely new in the space of  junior sport sponsorship. If you’re keen to be a pioneer in this space as a business sponsor, head to the website to register or email


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