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Women Leaders in Sport

Empowering women in sport & helping to create a culture which values gender equity

Sport has the power to set new benchmarks and drive positive social change; one being equal representation in sport.

Through striving to achieve gender equity in sport it sets an important tone for the wider Australian public. It also opens doors for the next generation, shakes up unconscious bias and helps advocate for respectful behaviour towards women.

To help achieve this Sport Australia established the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program which to date has supported more than 26,000 women and more than 800 sport organisations.

Sport Australia manages the WLIS program through the support of the Office for Women who have a vested interest in this space.


  • Provide leadership development opportunities for women on and off the field.
  • Help sporting organisations create inclusive cultures and achieve gender equity.
  • Drive a positive narrative around women leaders in sport.

The opportunities

Important dates

Executive Program
  • Applications open
    9:00am (AEST) Monday 6 June 2022
  • Applications close
    5:00pm (AEDT) Friday 17 June 2022
  • Outcomes notified to all applicants
    Late June 2022
  • Program work commences
    Late June 2022
  • Program completion date
    Late June 2023
2022 WLIS Workshop
  • Applications open
    9:00am (AEST) Monday 21 February 2022
  • Applications close
    5:00pm (AEDT) Friday 11 March 2022
  • Outcomes notified to all applicants
    Late March 2022
  • Workshop commences
    Week commencing Monday 2 May 2022


WLIS successful applicants


If you have any questions regarding the 2021 WLIS Program, please contact:

Phone: +61 2 6214 1463
Business Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm (AEDT)*
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
* excluding national and ACT public holidays

If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the program this can be done using Sport Australia’s complaints form.

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