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The SBWN is membership-based network, run by women for women. Everything we do is about providing opportunities for our members to connect and learn.

A voluntary committee is responsible for our operational and financial management and committee members must be financial SBWN members. All committee position become vacant in September and a new committee is elected at the SBWN Annual General Meeting.

As an incorporated association, the SBWN requires a minimum of four key positions - President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Ordinary (general) members can also be appointed for other positions such as Digital Media, Publicity and Events or subcommittees for key projects or tasks could be formed. More information on the key roles below.

SBWN committee members over recent years. 

Four reasons why you should

  1. You can shape the direction of the network and our member offering.
  2. You can gain learn new skills and valuable experience in running an incorporated association and being part of a voluntary committee.
  3. You will make a real difference to your local and regional community as well grow your professional and personal network.
  4. You will join a team of impressive women who have taken on the stewardship of the SBWN for over 20 years. 

Nominations for the 2024 SBWN committee

Nominations for 2024 committee are open now and will close on Sunday 15 October 2023.

  • Nominees will be published to the SBWN Members via email & Social Media leading up to the AGM
  • If there is more than one person nominating for a role there will be a vote via a ballot. 
  • The new SBWN committee will be announced at the AGM in October 2023.

To nominate download the nomination form, fill it in, scan and email to 

If you would like to get more information contact Penni Ellicott SBWN President at 

committee roles

As an incorporated association, the SBWN requires a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer to operate and is required to meet at least four times a year. Other committee roles can be appointed as required. Over recent years, the committee structure has included a number of roles with key responsibilities. 

Committee members are voluntary roles and you are expected to attend committee meetings and as many SBWN events (networking dinners, online events and workshops) as possible to assist with their smooth running.

Further information about running an incorporated association is available here - Consumer Affairs Victoria.


  • Ensure that the SBWN operates in accordance to the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and the SBWN Procedures and Protocol Manual
  • Responsible for the operational and financial management of the SBWN (with support from the Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer)
  • Chair committee meetings (can delegate)
  • Act as MC at events and workshops (can delegate)
  • Organise the Annual General Meeting (can delegate)
  • Act as SBWN spokesperson as required
  • Support the President and act in her role as required
  • Consider nominating for President role as part of committee succession planning
  • Support the operational and financial management of the SBWN
  • Lead the administration of the organisation
  • Prepare and circulate monthly committee agendas and minutes and respond to ad hoc correspondence
  • Ensure best practice information storage in place
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for committee meetings and AGM
  • Manage membership applications, renewals and provision of membership badges
  • Prepare monthly membership reports for committee meetings and AGM
  • Attend committee meetings and SBWN events


  • Maintain and update SBWN website Content Management System
  • Compile and distribute the event email bulletins in response to the event calendar cycle
  • Assist when members experience problems using the website or emails


  • Promote SBWN events and workshops in response to the event calendar cycle via traditional and social media
  • Maintain SBWN photo library
  • Manage the SBWN social media channels - writing and uploading content, responding to member posts, sharing other relevant information
  • Book advertising space in local papers when required
  • Manage the coordination and logistics of SBWN events and workshops in response to the event calendar cycle
  • Liaise with event venues and guest speakers to ensure all requirements are met

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