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Kathie provided Virtual Assistant training for those who want to run Virtual Assistant businesses from the years 2006 to 2021. She sold both her VA Network and her VA Training business and retired in March 2021.

The training program can be found at  Her experience below verified her ability to train others in the industry. The training site is now owned by the VA who bought her business.

  • Kathie M. Thomas was a successful Virtual Assistant with a 27 year old Virtual Assistant business. She was a VA before the term ‘virtual assistant’ was in use.
  • The founder of VA Network A Clayton’s Secretary, established March 1994, she pioneered the Virtual Assistant industry in Australia. Prior to establishing her business she had a background of 20+ years’ secretarial/administrative experience in the corporate world, working for CEOs and MDs as well as project groups.
  • Kathie has over  35 years’ experience with computers and software.
  • Kathie also has experience as a trainer and began her business teaching others how to use Microsoft Office products in 1994.
  • Kathie has two accreditations in the Virtual Assistant Industry as a Master Virtual Assistant and an Accredited Secretary Online.
  • She has been accredited as a Public Speaker through the National Speakers Association in Australia.
  • She is also a member of the International Association of Coaching.
  • Kathie is a multi-award winner in her own Virtual Assistant business.
  • Kathie managed a network of virtual assistants with members in 11 countries and was moderator for two well-established VA chat forums totaling over 10,000 virtual assistant members.
  • Kathie is a published author of many articles in publications and 4 books on homebased business.
  • Kathie is an industry leader who frequently speaks at public seminars and workshops throughout Australia about working virtually, as well as online international seminars and teleconferences.
  • Kathie was a founding Steering Committee member of the OIVAC for 3 years and the Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural industry awards presentation at the Convention in 2006.
  • Kathie is the co-founder of, an annual event held that was held in Australia for 10 years.