Turn the Tide

WISA aims to Turn the Tide for all women working in and with the Australian seafood industry.

Turn the Tide is a brand new project designed to connect, enable, support and champion women in seafood. Through empowering women, the seafood industry will thrive.

Alongside carefully selected expert partners, WISA’s Turn the Tide program will deliver a series of workshops, courses, networking events and other initiatives over three years from 2023. These are organised in several targeted workstreams.

Breaking Barriers 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. It comprises three main programs which will be delivered annually

  • an annual guided and facilitated Mentor Program to support personal development and career progression
  • the provision of several National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSLIP) Bursaries
  • a six-month Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program to build skills, capabilities and action plans for a specific concept or idea.

Tomorrow's Workplace supports individuals and organisations that are interested to learn ways of making workplaces more attractive to women and encourage diversity. This includes:

  • A Research Program involving several hundred participants to understand, discuss and develop plans for overcoming gender bias, cultural and structural barriers, including recommendations and actions reporting.
  • Delivery of a Tomorrow's Workplace Training program for workplaces as well as ‘train the trainer’ development for individual women
  • Development of a Tomorrow's Workplace Seafood Industry Policy to guide industry and the sector nationally in approaches, methodologies and outcomes for improved workplace diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.

Building Resilience delivers a series of events, workshops, round tables, networking and collaboration opportunities will be delivered over the three years of the Turn the Tide program to build better connected professional networks for women. With such a diverse and geographically spread industry, opportunities to connect and grow all women across Australian seafood will be leveraged to create strong, resilient connections across the sector.

Turn the Tide is being delivered by a team of expert partners to ensure an exceptional experience and optimum outcomes.

Women in Seafood Australasia

Women in Seafood Australasia

Women in Seafood Australasia (WISA) is a national network inclusive of those who support furthering the interests, positioning and opportunities for women in the seafood industry. From women working on the boats, in farms and factories, post-harvest and processing, leading innovation or research, new ventures, management, or government and policy making, WISA welcomes members across the entire supply chain. WISA also welcomes men and non-binary members who are align with our vision and mission.

WISA is leading delivery of the full Turn the Tide program nationally, under the direction of our Executive Officer Kirsten Abernethy with support of the Board and team members.



Affectus comprises a highly regarded team of dedicated leadership development professionals, helping people transform their lives so they can influence and shape the future of others. Delivering programs and workshops that transform the leadership skills of participants, the team work across national industry leadership programs through to local community volunteer work.

For Turn the Tide, the Affectus team are key to the Breaking Barriers workstream and is part of Transforming Culture activities, led by Managing Director Jill Briggs and Facilitator / Researcher Dr Heidi Mumme.


Project information and Funding Partners

Turn the Tide was awarded to Women in Seafood Australasia (WISA) through the Women’s Leadership and Development Program ‘Lead and Succeed’ grant agreement between the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Women in Seafood Australasia Ltd (4-HO83MPL).

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) are a key funding partner for Turn the Tide, providing in-kind and other support over the three years of the program.

WISA is working towards ways to better connect with their members and all seafood women across the Australasian Seafood Industry.

Contact us

Kirsten Abernethy – Executive Officer
Email: eo@womeninseafood.org.au
Phone: 0413 039 421

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