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About Women in Automotive

Women in Automotive has been empowering female participation in all levels of the Australian motoring industry since its inception in 1999. Its 25th anniversary coincides with a new leadership team and ambitious growth plans as it pushes for equality for females and non-binary people in one of Australia's biggest industries.


Under the VACC stewardship, Women in Automotive has assisted and supported females into automotive trades as well as hosting networking and motivational events and seminars. 


One of their recent programs was a joint initiative with the State Government funded grant program, titled Accelerating Women into Automotive. This five-week program placed successful female applicants into a short and intensive introduction to the automotive industry through customised training and work placement at a registered training organisation, with training covering everything from mechanics, to engineering, sales and repairs.


Women in Automotive is trusted by thousands of women working in all aspects of the automotive industry throughout Australia from panel-beaters to dealer principals, apprentice mechanics to marketing managers, CEOs to rally champs.


Now independently run for the first time, Women in Automotive is pleased to continue to have the support of the VACC as a founding partner.


What is WinA? 

A membership platform founded in 1999 by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) to provide women with a space to network, feel supported and grow.  Through a trusted and collaborative approach to industry connections, bespoke content and experiences, we provide a forum where members can celebrate their achievements, share their knowledge, learn from experts, develop and thrive. We encourage ambition and curiosity to share, learn and succeed.

How did you acquire WinA?

Through the persistence of trusted WinA Steering Committee members Rachel Reed Butler, Nadine Armstrong and WinA member Kate Peck, the VACC granted the team the opportunity to take the reins of the platform and community, and that they have done - onwards and upwards to new beginnings!

How does it work?

We provide a network for women and non-binary who are interested in the broad world of automotive to connect.

What happened to VACC, are they still involved? 

VACC remains a supporting partner. VACC handed over the business to allow for national expansion. 

Is it not for profit?


How will you make money?

Through partnerships, premium content, sponsors, events and advertising. 

What about men's involvement? 

We encourage this. Our aim is to be inclusive, and although we largely cater for women as that is the group that we identified requires more support in this area, we recognise that we don’t want to do this without our male friends, colleagues and partners. Together is better.

Can I be a man and be a member? Can men attend events?

Yes. Everyone is welcome. 

How old do I need to be to be a member? 

There are no age requirements. Come one, come all.

What do I get for being a member?

Engaging and interesting content, WinA benefits from partners, mentorship, education and networking. Overall, access to an incredible network of powerhouse women who are working, interested and inspired by automotive.

What events do you have this year?

  • Our annual signature event in Q4 of 2024 - more information to follow

  • Smaller intimate face to face events - more information to follow

  • Online events - more information to follow

How do I get involved?



Can we partner with WinA?

Absolutely! We have opportunities for event partners and annual partners. We also work with you on a partnership that will suit the needs and interests of your business. Email us! 

Can we have WinA speak at our event? 

Yes. Kate, Nadine and Rachel have a diverse and broad set of experience across the industry which means we can speak to a variety of topics. We can also help you find a particular speaker or speakers for your next event or staff presentation. Reach out… 

Is WinA a national organisation or will it remain in Victoria? 

It was founded in Victoria by the VACC and under new management it has a national footprint. 

Do I need to work with cars to be a part of this epic community? 

No way! Have you seen a car? Do you want to connect with inspiring and like-minded women? You’re in!

Are non-binary and trans members included in Women in Automotive? 

Everyone is welcome regardless of gender, race, religion. 


How do I become a mentor? 

At this stage, send us an email at hello@womeninautomotive to register your interest and we will come back to you once we have more information on our mentor program


How can I gain access to the mentors? 

At this stage, please send us an email with your particular wants and needs in a mentor and we will be in touch once we have more information on our mentor program


Further questions or ideas? 

Let's get them answered. Email us

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