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Women Leaders in Sport

Providing women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sport industry

Leadership workshops

The WLIS Leadership Workshops enable women to develop leadership capabilities and provides them with an opportunity to learn and network with like-minded women in a supportive and safe environment.

Catering for women who are active within the sports industry, and those that are seeking to transition into the sports industry, the innovative curriculum provides participants with the skills needed to navigate and strengthen their leadership pathway.

In addition, participants learn to effectively manage the challenges within their sport and life, while gaining invaluable support from the experiences and knowledge of other women.

Key topic areas the 2021 WLIS Leadership Workshops will cover include:

Important dates

Applications are now closed

  • Applications open: 9:30am (AEDT) Friday 12 February 2021
  • Applications close: 5:00pm (AEDT) Wednesday 17 March 2021
Leading Self

emotional intelligence, giving and receiving feedback, work styles

Leading Others

leadership styles, awareness

Leading Culture

high performing teams, behavioural boundaries, difficult conversations

Leading Vision

initiating change, idea logic, development pathways

Successful recipients

About the WLIS Leadership Workshops

Due to the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19, the WLIS Leadership Workshops will be conducted online in May and June 2021. The Workshops will run for six weeks, via a hybrid learning experience, including a combination of:

  • online facilitated learning forums
  • online professional development sessions
  • online facilitated events with individuals who have paved the way for women leaders in the sports industry and are prominent leaders of today.

Successful applicants will be grouped into workshops based on leadership experience. Successful applicants will be notified of days and times in April 2021.

You can apply to take part in the 2021 Leadership Workshops only.

First time applicants are encouraged to complete the workshop before applying for an individual grant, however this is not mandatory.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the WLIS Leadership Workshop, an applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Identify as a woman.
  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent residence status.
  • Be involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry OR
  • Was involved in a paid or volunteer capacity but the engagement/employment was impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Be supported by a sporting organisation that is, or is affiliated with a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised by Sport Australia. The supporting organisation must confirm that the individual is, or was, involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state, or national level in the sports industry, and that their organisation supports the application. For a list of the organisations recognised by Sport Australia please see the Australian Sports Directory.
  • Have no outstanding acquittal and/or reporting requirements (for previous Individual Development Grant recipients).
  • Not be a current employee of Sport Australia or the Australian Institute of Sport.

Sport Australia may at its sole discretion, offer an applicant special consideration if an eligibility requirement set out in these guidelines cannot be met due to extenuating circumstances.

Terms and conditions

  1. If the Australian Sports Commission (referred to in these terms and conditions as ‘Sport Australia’) decides to offer the applicant the opportunity to attend a Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) Leadership Workshop (Workshop), the offer (Offer) will be made subject to these terms and conditions.
  2. These terms and conditions, together with the notification from Sport Australia providing details of the Offer (Successful Email), will constitute an enforceable agreement between Sport Australia  and the successful applicant (Recipient) upon the Recipient accepting the Offer, as required by the Successful Email.
  3. The Recipient agrees to attend the allocated Workshop as detailed in their Successful Email (Activity).
  4. The Recipient declares and warrants, at the date of agreeing to these terms and conditions, that she has not at any time been found to have breached any anti-doping rule or policy applicable to the Recipient and has not engaged at any time in any conduct that constituted a breach of any anti-doping rule or policy applicable to the Recipient.
  5. Sport Australia seeks to maximise the benefit of its Workshops to women in sport. Failure by the Recipient to complete the Activity, without the prior agreement of Sport Australia, may negatively  impact on any future application for support that the Recipient makes to Sport Australia.
  6. The personal details of Recipients (including name, home state, sport, and any photo or video footage of them produced in connection with the Workshop) may be released by Sport Australia to  the public and the media for the use of promotional and educational purposes.
  7. The Recipient must, if requested by Sport Australia, cooperate with Sport Australia in relation to reasonable publicity initiatives regarding the WLIS Program.
  8. Sport Australia may terminate this agreement by notice in writing, in the event that: the Recipient fails to comply with any of its terms, or that Sport Australia, at its discretion, deems it inappropriate  that the Recipient attend the Workshop.
  9. Sport Australia reserves the right to cancel, suspend, postpone, or vary the nature of the Workshop at any time and for any reason. Sport Australia will not be liable to any person for any loss, damage or claim arising from the Workshop or such variation, cancellation, suspension, or postponement.
  10. This agreement is governed by the law of the Australian Capital Territory.
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