Joint Media Release
The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Sport
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
2 April 2015
More than 700 women from 31 different sports will be supported to reach their leadership potential through the Federal Government’s Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) programme.
Minister for Sport Sussan Ley and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash announced today that $400,000 would be provided across 84 successful projects.
Minister Ley said the programme is targeted at increasing female representation in sport leadership roles and has provided support for more than 22,000 Australian women since its inception in 2002.
“Women are fundamental to the fabric of sporting clubs and I want to continue to see more women leaders in sport,” Minister Ley said.
“The Abbott Government is delighted to assist some of the many women making their mark in sport to reach their leadership potential and ensure that women are appropriately represented across all areas of sport.”
The programme provides women with opportunities to undertake intermediate to advanced training in the areas of coaching, communications, media and marketing, governance, management, administration and officiating.
Minister Cash said the programme would give women across the country the opportunity to develop themselves in a range of sporting roles.
“It is encouraging to note that almost half of the successful applications relate to improving women’s leadership in the areas of sports management, governance and administration,” Minister Cash said.
“Within this great pool of talented women in sport, it is pleasing to see women leaders in regional areas representing approximately 25 per cent of recipients.”
There are two types of grants available under the WLIS programme - individual grants of up to $5,000 per annum and organisation grants of up to $10,000 per annum.
Grants can be used by volunteers, sport sector employees and organisations for a range of activities to support women in their leadership aspirations in sport.
The WLIS grant is jointly funded by the Office for Women and the Australian Sports Commission.
More information on the programme can be found at the Australian Sports Commission.
Minister Ley’s Media Contact: James Murphy – 0478 333 974
Minister Cash’s Media Contact: David De Garis – 0427 019 692