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Every year on 8 March we celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a day to highlight the incredible achievements and accomplishments of women, as well as raise awareness about discrimination and inequality.

The theme for 2024 is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. This theme encourages us to work towards greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere, removing the obstacles that prevent equal participation in the economy.

Working towards equality

The Australian business community has come a long way when it comes to equality and inclusion. The gender pay gap in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the past decade – it is now 21.7% according to the latest data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

In 2023 the Australian Government passed the Workplace Gender Equality Amendment bill to help accelerate the closing of the gender pay gap. It means that from 2024 employers with 100 or more workers will have their gender pay gap data publicly available, to drive transparency and action to reduce the gap.

The Australian Resource Directory for Women Entrepreneurs

At, we're proud to bring together advice, opportunities and inspiration for Australian women in business through our network of expert advisers, and through a range of specialist grant opportunities. There are also great resources available to offer support to women in business – like the Australian Resources Directory for Women Entrepreneurs.

The Australian Government has partnered with the Women in STEM Ambassador to provide the Australian Resource Directory for Women Entrepreneurs: an amazing tool to help you find sources of funding, meet mentors, grow your network and much more.

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