funding sports receive from the State Government will soon be linked to
their performance in achieving gender balance in leadership — with a
three-year transition period now underway to assist sports to achieve
sport has undergone a rapid transformation in Australia in recent
years, with participation, commercial interest and mainstream television
coverage in traditionally male-dominated sports increasing
these achievements have not been reflected at the highest
decision-making levels of Australian sport, with sports board and
executive management positions continuing to be largely male-dominated.
2018, new national targets were set to bring female representation on
State Sporting Association boards up to 50 per cent — a move strongly
supported by the WA Government.
only 28 of the 68 Western Australian State Sporting Associations (41
per cent) meet the 50 per cent target, with 14 sports (21 per cent)
having a quarter or less women on their boards or committees.
drive for gender balance will complement the significant growth in
opportunities for women's sport, ensuring participation and interest is
matched by opportunities for women to become industry leaders.
State Government has worked with KPMG to produce Case for Change, a
project which highlights the many organisational benefits that more
diverse leadership would provide to sports challenged by the changing
sports industry's response to the new targets has been overwhelmingly
positive, with many leaders in the sector having long campaigned for
proactive measures to promote greater opportunities for women.
State Government is rolling out a range of initiatives to assist sports
to increase female representation in their leadership teams.
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