There are economic, cultural, social and health benefits to having more women involved in leadership roles.
Helping sport and recreation organisations
understand the business case for gender diversity and motivate them to
address gender inequality in their organisations.
The Case for Change is a key enabler of the cultural change required
to improve gender balance within the sport and recreation sector.
For change to occur, sport and recreation organisations and other key
stakeholders must understand the effects of diversity and inclusion in
the workplace, as well as the underlying reasons for these dynamics.
This understanding will allow for effective teams and workplaces,
inclusive of all persons.
To find out more on the Case for Change, download the report, templates and case studies below.
We have eight great videos to help you and your organisation follow through on the key steps to improve gender diversity. Each video also has an information sheet that you can download to get you started.
The State Government last year announced that it would support WA’s sport and recreation industry in its efforts to increase gender diversity, particularly with regards to women in leadership positions.
The Women in Leadership target is for boards to consist of 50 per cent female directors. For boards with an uneven number of director positions, the final position can be male or female.
A recent survey of sporting organisations carried out by the department found that 42 per cent of organisations achieve the target.
The department already has several initiatives underway — such as the Case for Change program and support materials — to help all WA sports bodies achieve the Women in Leadership target.
Sporting organisations within category A to F funded under the department’s Industry Investment Program (IIP) and self sustaining organisations have three years to achieve the target.
There will be funding implications for organisations that do not achieve and maintain the Women in Leadership target. Organisations that do not achieve and maintain the target will have funding reduced to step 1 of the lower category until the target
is achieved. For some organisations this will equate to a reduction in funding by 85%.
Some organisations, which under their constitution elect board members on a four-year cycle, will need to establish an alternative timeframe in consultation with the department to achieve the 50 per cent target.
A great way to increase the diversity on your board is to increase your network when searching for a suitable candidate to fill a vacancy. There are a number of ways to do this and the first step is to consider advertising via a board register. Here are two great starting points.
National Sports Directorship Register
The department provides leadership and support to sport and recreation organisations to integrate gender diversity and inclusion values into all areas of their business. A key part of getting it right is by reviewing best practice and listening to industry leaders. The Gender Diversity Advisory Group has provided advice and guidance on the strategies and initiatives being implemented to improve and sustain gender diversity in the sport and recreation industry. The group also shares knowledge and experiences; and identifies and discusses contemporary gender diversity issues affecting the industry. The members volunteer their time and are committed to this very important sport and recreation topic. The members of the group are:
Grant TrewA/Manager Policy and Research – Sport and RecreationTelephone 61 8 9492 9753Email Grant Trew
Do not submit enquiries with this form.