Breaking Barriers Workstream

The Breaking Barriers delivery stream is designed to provide women within the Australian seafood industry development and growth opportunities at a personal level, tailored to the individual needs, career paths and ambition of participants.

We have three main programs that run annually, delivered by the facilitation and leadership experts at Affectus.

Mentoring Program

This is a free facilitated 12-month Mentor Program to help women progress their careers in the seafood industry.

Mentors and mentees are invited to participate in each Program. We match women at all stages of their careers with mentors, with our professional guidance and support along the way.

2024 Turn the Tide Mentoring Program applications are now open. 

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Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program

This innovative online program will build your entrepreneurship and leadership skills and capabilities through various hands-on experiences.

It comprises three main components: a ‘train the trainer’ opportunity for five women to become work group facilitators, a six-month small group program to develop skills and form an action plan for a shared issue, and an annual round-table gathering to showcase results of the Small Group program and learn from keynote speakers.

Our experts will provide advice and guidance to help achieve your entrepreneurial and leadership goals.

2024 Entrepreneurship and Leadership program applications open soon. Click below to register for the information session for the 2024 program on the 15 February 2024. 

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Bursary Program

The Turn the Tide Bursary Program will provide several opportunities for women in seafood to participate in professional development programs and attend signature seafood industry events. In 2024 WISA are happy to deliver the following bursaries.


The NSLIP is the only national industry-specific leadership program designed in consultation with the seafood industry for people wishing to take up leadership roles within the sector. 2024 applications for the NSILP are now closed. 

Seafood Directions is the premier ideas, innovation and networking event for the Australian seafood industry. The national forum provides an opportunity to promote the seafood industry, discuss industry issues, workshop solutions, teach best practices, share knowledge, and plan for the future of the seafood industry. 2024 applications to attend Seafood Directions in Hobart. More information coming soon. Applications open May 1 2024. 

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