State Sporting Associations will be targeted under a new initiative designed to increase the number of women in leadership roles in the sport and recreation sector.
The Get Onboard and Lead (GOAL) program has been launched by Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies and will build on existing systems already in place in the industry, to make it easier for all women to advance as leaders on and off the field.
"Western Australia enjoyed the best female participation rates in Australia in 2015, yet less than 32 per cent of total board roles in the industry were occupied by females," Ms Davies said.
"Further, more than 60 of our 80 State Sports Associations surveyed in 2015 had less than 50 per cent female board representation, and 11 of those 80 State Sporting Associations surveyed did not have a single female board member.
"There is clear evidence that shows the benefits for organisations from having a diversity of people and opinions in decision-making positions - and that's why I have launched GOAL."
The first recommendations under GOAL include:
- more actively encouraging sport and recreation bodies to adopt practices which encourage the attraction and retention of women to leadership positions
- ensuring these organisations clearly understood the case for diversity in leadership and governance
- promote scholarships and grants which support women in leadership.
Deputy Premier and Women's Interests Minister Liza Harvey said GOAL was an example of the Liberal National Government's commitment to promote the leadership of women in the community.
"The promotion and further inclusion of women on sporting boards and in senior management positions in sport, will result in a greater diversity of ideas and in decision making of those organisations," Mrs Harvey said.
A GOAL advisory group was set up by the Minister for Sport and Recreation late last year and will identify 10 key industry individuals to promote and champion women in leadership positions. The Department of Sport and Recreation will also work with State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and a human resources expert, to identify opportunities for diversification.
"A toolkit has been developed to help organisations and individuals get engaged with the GOAL program. There will be pages on the department's website with tips, downloadables, video and checklists available for SSAs and clubs and individuals," Ms Davies said.
"For the GOAL program to work, we need to partner with State Sporting Associations, businesses and individuals who are passionate about ensuring strong female representation in WA. I encourage everyone to engage with the program as the rewards will far outweigh the challenges of change."
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Deputy Premier and Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 5900
Photo caption: Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies with GOAL advisory group members (from L-R) Josie Janz-Dawson, Jan Cooper (chairwoman) and Grant Boyce