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Coinciding with International Women’s Day is the launch of Women in AV Australia, a group that unites and supports women working in the audio visual industry.

Women in AV Australia has been established with a mission to empower and unite female audio visual professionals. Through positive and powerful messaging, it aims to increase the number of women working in the industry, reduce the gender gap and address the skills shortage in AV.

The group has launched its community Facebook Page – Women in AV Australia – as a forum to provide communication, education and networking. Its goal is to connect and support women currently working in the industry, and ultimately encourage and inspire more girls and women to develop a career in AV.

Driving the group is Toni McAllister from AV1 who says, “I hold firm to the notion that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ and currently due to the under representation of women in the industry, young girls are not encouraged or inspired to work in AV. We need to create a platform where women in the industry can unite and connect with one another.”

Mathew Haynes, technical manager at International Convention Centre Sydney, says “Being part of a driving change to create more gender diversity within the industry is an exciting opportunity. We need to change the mindset around how we as an industry appeal to the younger demographic, especially females, in order to drive this great industry forward.”

Fundamental to the success of the group will be pairing the Facebook Page with face-to-face events.

“Connecting with one another in person will be imperative to creating a truly supportive and connected community,” says McAllister.

A launch event will be announced shortly.

The group has the support of a number of companies across the industry all working together including AV1, Scene Change Australia, AV 24/7, International Convention Centre Sydney and AVPartners.

To be a part of Women in AV Australia, follow the group on Facebook or contact Toni McAllister to get involved.