Release date: 14/03/2023

The Malinauskas Labor Government is supporting hundreds of South Australian women to successfully start and operate businesses with our Women in Business Foundations program.

Since launching in November, more than 100 women have already completed the program, which provides one-on-one mentoring, small group workshops and support administered by the Adelaide Business Hub.

The program assists women in the early stages of their business journey and provides advice core to owning a business including helping to develop skills in business management, finance and accounting, human resources, cyber security and marketing.

280 women are currently enrolled in the program and we expect more than 700 to have completed it by the end of the year.

For more information about the Women in Business Foundations program visit:


Attributable to Andrea Michaels

I know firsthand that women in business face different and additional barriers to their male counterparts, which potentially impacts the number of women who choose to start their own businesses.

The Women in Business Foundations program is tailored to the specific challenges women face in the early stages of starting and operating their businesses.

It is fantastic to see so many South Australian women starting businesses and taking advantage of this program to strengthen their business and grow their skills.

Attributable to Katrine Hildyard

With the gender pay gap persisting, the Malinauskas Government is committed to advancing toward economic equality for women across South Australia; the Women in Business Foundations Program is an important part of a comprehensive policy to enable women to equally and actively participate in our economy.

Having more women leading successful businesses across SA improves opportunities for women in business or considering starting one and strengthens our economy.

The courageous, innovative women participating in the program will further advance women’s leadership in this state, and inspire future generations to back themselves and initiate and strengthen their businesses.

Attributable to Lyn Hay, Chief Executive of Adelaide Business Hub

This program is making a real difference for women in South Australia.

In a short time, it has provided hundreds of women with the practical skills, advice and confidence needed to successfully run their businesses with 700 women expected to have completed the program by the end of the year.

Attributable to Jayne-Anne Power, owner of Kennedy Parker and participant in the program

The program supplied me with valuable support during my first weeks in business.

I was able to discuss my plans and receive advice on what activities would boost growth and how to go about them.

I was so grateful for the support which created clarity of focus and direction and generated results right from the start.