About Women in Agriculture and Business

Women in Agriculture and Business of SA Inc. is a state-wide support and communication network for rural women, especially those interested or involved in primary industries. WAB, as it is often known has a  network of branches with about 300 members. Branches usually meet monthly to work for local community projects, to discuss wider issues or perhaps to conduct or attend workshops of an educational or cultural nature. Friendship is a big part of WAB meetings.

WAB was formed at Riverton in 1917 to meet the needs of women who were isolated, and who were working with their families to establish farms and homes in rural districts. From those early days, WAB has had close links with the Agricultural Bureau and various government Agriculture agencies.

Today, WAB has a formal affiliation with the Agricultural Bureau and is represented on the Advisory Board of Agriculture.  WAB is also affiliated with Associated Country Women of the World which has links with the United Nations. It is also affiliated with the National Council of Women.

Our Vision

Women in Agriculture and Business of SA Inc. (WAB) is a peak rural organisation creating confident skilled women recognised for their leadership and contribution to vibrant and sustainable communities.

Our Mission

To facilitate a range of activities through a state-wide network which supports, encourages and develops women with rural, agricultural and business interests, in their role as key decision makers and facilitators in rural communities and in primary industries.

Contact Details

WAB Administration - Janet Hall

PO Box 1142 CLARE SA 5453
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Ph: 0428 859 596

Aims and Objectives

  • To encourage interest and participation in activities of rural people and organisations, especially in primary industries.
  • To promote goodwill, friendship and understanding among members.
  • To provide effective leadership to link Women in Agriculture and Business and Agricultural Bureau activities through the membership network.
  • To generate opportunities for educational, cultural and technical advancement to members, combining with other rural organisations where appropriate.
  • To encourage and foster the ability of women to take a shared responsibility for the community in which we live – from local to world level.
  • To press for recognition of the needs and worth of rural people at all levels of government.
  • To promote and support the preservation of our environment and ecology and care for the land.


WAB is divided into six regions: Central, Eyre Peninsula, Lower North, Mid and Upper North, Murraylands and South East. There are branches across South Australia plus one online branch, with a total membership of over 300 rural women including Associate Members.


Southern Region Branches

Central: Longwood (Formed 1938) and Strathalbyn (Formed 1936) 

Murraylands: Paringa (Formed 1966), Yurgo (Formed 1932) and Coonalpyn  (Formed 1935)

South East: Kalangadoo (Formed 1923), Wattle Range (Formed 1951), Lochaber (Formed 1950), Padthaway (Formed 1964), Stewarts Range (Formed 1969), Mundulla (Formed 1932) and Wirrega (Formed 1958)

Northern Region Branches

Mid and Upper North: Cunliffe (Formed 1959), Nelshaby (Formed 1930) and Wepowie/Booleroo Centre (Formed 1933)

Eyre Peninsula: Pinkawillinie (Formed 1946) and Charlton (Formed 1950)

Lower North: Rosedale/Sandy Creek/Williamstown (Formed 1953) and Tanunda (Formed 1950)

WAB Online

It is a modern response to the busy lives of rural women who frequently juggle careers with the demands of family, community and farm businesses.  Online members receive all information by email including WAB news, information on rural events, scholarships and programs.

Contact details for each branch are available from WAB Adminstation.

WAB Management Team

WAB is administered through the WAB Management Team which is made up of the State President and 2 Regional Coordinators representing the Northern and Southern regions.

State President: Elizabeth Calvert

Immediate Past State President: Jan Gregson

Administration and Finance: Janet Hall

Northern Coordinator: Lee Russell

Southern Coordinator: Sandra Young

Southern Coordinator: Nadene Jericho



WAB Portfolio Holders
WAB News Editor: vacant
Awards officer: Janet Cummings
Historian: Thelma Newman
Merchandise Officer: Glenice Bourne
International Officer: Helen Colliver

Community Issues

WAB considers issues such as health, education, women, young rural people, awards and boards and committees that impact rural people. It develops, coordinates and promotes seminars, schools and TAFE courses on topics including farm book-keeping, computing, farm chemical awareness, availability and access for country people to Centrelink services and caring for the environment. Health issues have included breast and cervix cancer screening, heart disease, diabetes, rural suicide and female genital mutilation. WAB members and branches support their local schools and kindergartens, and help to equip local hospitals, sporting facilities and district amenities.

WAB brings many issues of vital importance to country people to the attention of relevant government Ministers, Politicians and key community members for action.
WAB offers women of all generations, information, assistance in business, education, friendship and other activities depending on their needs.

Regional Conferences

A Regional Conference, meeting or event is held each year in each of the six regions it is hosted in turn by a WAB Branch from that region.

2017 Regional meeting dates have not yet been confirmed more details can be found on the Events page.


Every year WAB chooses a theme. In 2016/2017 100 Years of WAB. Branches are encouraged to promote the theme through activities and events.

The Theme for 2015/16 is: "Learning from Different Cultures”

Country of Study

Each year WAB chooses a country of study. This is used in planning the speakers and activities for the year. Regional meetings and State Conference also promote the country of study.

In 2016/2017 the WAB Country of Study will be Myanmar and branchels will learn about the history, culture and the environment.


Historically WAB has chosen an organisation from within Australia or overseas to support annually. Branches learn about the organisation throughout the year and the work it does. WAB Branches raise funds to donate to the project at the State Conference. 

However after a two year trial of local branch based projects, it was decided after consultation with all branches that going forward the project will remain at the branch level, with some branches joining together to raise funds for local, state, national & international projects.

In 15/16our branches raised a total of nearly $11,000 for local community projects.


WAB News
WAB News is published 3 times a year and distributed by mail and email to all financial members, supporters and sponsors.

Annual Report

The WAB Annual Report is available at State gathering each year.