The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson, is calling for female business owners and leaders to participate and share their experiences in a survey bto be conducted by his office.
The survey will aim to identify the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women who own and lead businesses, and will serve as a means to support and encourage female entrepreneurship in Australia.
The findings will be used to consider how the best possible environment for women to start, grow and run a business can be fostered in Australia.
In a statement, Billson said, “97 per cent of women-owned and led businesses in Australia are small businesses, and small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. Research* has found that boosting the number of women entrepreneurs could contribute between $71–$135 billion to the Australian economy and up to $7 trillion globally.
“I encourage women business owners and operators to complete this survey so we can harness opportunities and look at how to address any needless headwinds or obstacles to their success,” Billson added.
Information shared in the survey will be confidential and shall be open for respondents until 19 October 2021. It can be accessed by visiting the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman website or directly at WOWL survey.
*Empowering Women Innovation Leaders in Australia and Southeast Asia – Women in Leadership Report: https://asialinkbusiness.com.au/uploads/documents/ALB0102_WomenLeadershipAsia_Report2020_v18_(003).pdf