Giving women confidence, capacity and connections to find, gain and retain employment


Research has shown that at the height of COVID-related lockdowns in 2020, women were more likely to lose their jobs, and more likely to do more unpaid work, than men. In addition, the current workforce participation rate for women is almost 10 per cent lower than it is for men, as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Enter, Jobs Academy - a free, year-long membership designed to support women who are looking for work, more work, or new work.




Future Women has teamed up with Gidget Foundation Australia to invite more women into our unique community in 2022.

Women who have found it difficult to balance work (or the search for work) with family and caring commitments during the pandemic are invited to apply.

The Jobs Academy will provide connections to real jobs, our proven training programs, small business support and access to our vibrant online community.

Expressions of interest are currently open for our pilot intake. If you are motivated to spend time and energy on your career and professional development in 2022, we want to hear from you.

We plan to open up Jobs Academy to even more women with different experiences in the future.


  • Connections to real job opportunities and employers - including presentations from employers who are looking to hire more women
  • Access to our Future Proof webinar series - an interactive year-long webinar series designed to prepare and empower you to take the next steps in your professional life
  • Small group mentoring sessions on your chosen topics
  • FW Leadership Summit in March 2022 which includes two days of inspiring keynote speeches, panel discussions and networking
  • Webinars and training opportunities created specifically for Jobs Academy members
  • Full access to the vibrant Future Women community, resources and articles



Jobs Academy is designed to support you to find a job, transition to a new career, upskill, gain more hours of work or start your own business.

If you are a successful applicant, you will gain access to Jobs Academy for 12 months beginning January, 2022. Throughout the year we will release new Jobs Academy activities for you to connect with real job opportunities and employers.

Jobs Academy is fully virtual and we welcome women from all across Australia to participate. We know you’re busy and managing complex schedules, so we’ve focused on making Jobs Academy activities as flexible as possible.

To gain the most from this opportunity, we recommend you devote an average of 1-2 hours per week to Jobs Academy activities.

Once you submit your expression of interest, we will acknowledge your submission has been received via email. Applications will open on a rolling basis and if you submit your interest, you will be the first to know.

The application process is straightforward - we will ask you a series of questions to understand more about you and your career goals.

You'll be notified of your application outcome by December 2021 at the latest, with Jobs Academy to begin in January next year.


We have teamed up with Gidget Foundation Australia to invite 140 women who have found it difficult to balance work (or the search for work) with family and caring commitments during the pandemic into the Future Women community in 2022.

Expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women living in rural, regional and remote locations, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women living with a disability are strongly encouraged.

If this sounds like you, complete the fields below to submit your expression of interest.


Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation who supports expectant and new parents experiencing, or at risk of developing, perinatal depression and anxiety. With one in five women experiencing perinatal depression or anxiety, we know this experience  can impact confidence, workforce connectedness, career progression and employability. So, we’re piloting a membership to offer targeted support.


With support from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's Office for Women, Jobs Academy builds on Future Women’s existing leadership, skills and networking programs to support participants in building confidence, capacity and connections. In short, all the things you need to find, gain and retain secure employment. Whether you’re employed, underemployed, or unemployed and thinking about going back to work - we’ll support you. 


“I've learnt so much and felt really empowered by the Future Women program so far. Their speakers are really insightful and I've enjoyed being a part of their community of other women that share stories, helping me to connect and learn from others.”—FW MEMBER

With support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Office for Women

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