- Lobby group, Women's Rights Organisation and Professional association
- Alternative Names
- Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women
- Australian Federation of BPW Inc GPO Box 1686 Canberra ACT 260 Telephone: +61 2 6242 1342 Fax: +61 2 6242 1947 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women (now BPW Australia) was formed in 1947 as an umbrella body for the then six existing Business and Professional Women's Clubs across the country. The first Club had been formed in Melbourne in 1925. Membership was initially open to women holding responsible positions in a professional, business, industrial or educational organisation, and to women giving distinguished service to the community. It thus largely represented the interests of middle-class women. It is now open to women in the workforce more broadly.
The Federation was very involved in campaigning for equal pay and equal opportunities for women in employment. By 1980 the number of clubs in the Federation rose to almost 100, representing over 3500 members, although it has since declined. Since its inception the Federation has been affiliated with the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (now BPW International). The Federation continues to work to elevate the status of women generally, remove discrimination and to present the views of business and professional women to government.
It still also operates to provide a space for women's networking.