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Women Leaders in Sport

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

Executive Program

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is committed to raising organisational standards so that all women can thrive and succeed in all workplaces within the sporting sector. We recognise that women from culturally and racially marginalised backgrounds, First Nations women, women with disability and gender diverse individuals have significantly lower representation in leadership roles in organisations big and small. To be truly representative of our communities, we need to provide a sector that ensures any systemic barriers are removed and a culturally safe and inclusive environment is created.

The Executive Program is delivered under the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) initiative. The purpose of the Executive Program is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to understand and implement diverse and equitable best practices.

Application closed

  • Applications open
    9:00am (AEDT) Monday 20 February 2023
  • Applications close
    5:00pm (AEDT) Monday 13 March 2023
  • Outcomes notified to all applicants
    Week commencing 3 April 2023

Program objectives

  • Positively impact women of all backgrounds and experiences by raising organisation standards
  • Help sporting organisations create inclusive cultures, remove any unconscious bias and achieve gender equity
  • Support women who are ready to transition into senior roles in sport.

Addressing gender equity within organisations will not happen accidentally and like any other business issue, a strategic and systematic approach is required. This program will help to gather and utilise relevant and compelling data for organisations to substantiate the business case for building and retaining diverse teams, offering more inclusive policies and benefits, and internally holding themselves accountable to progressive change.

The program will help organisations and their workforce to:

  • ‘know better’ through a gender equity audit
  • ‘do better’ with support, expert advice, and tools
  • ‘expect better’ from their organisation.

The program will include:

Gender equality audit

Assessment across ten diversity standards developed by industry experts and informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Organisations receive a tailored report on what the organisation is doing well and areas for improvement, along with an action plan and resources to help implement.

Inclusive hiring workshop

This workshop will provide you and your teams with the skillset and knowledge needed to achieve diversity hiring objectives.


Six hours with an Account Manager to support your organisation with its strategy and action plans to make progress towards an inclusive and equitable workplace.

Submit an application if your organisation wants to:

  • be equipped with the latest diversity, equity and inclusion practices
  • have greater worked knowledge to improve gender equity within their organisation
  • be able to take actions that will attract, nurture and retain a diverse workforce
  • have tools and resources to optimise further organisational growth in the diversity and gender equity space.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this program, organisations must:

  • be a national sporting organisation (NSO) or a national sporting organisation for people with a disability (NSOD), which is recognised and funded by ASC, receiving core participation funding and/or high performance funding
  • not be named in the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on its list of, Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme.

For more information

Contact the Executive Program team –

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