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Women Leaders in Sport

The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in partnership with the Office for Women.

The objective of the WLIS program is to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sports industry.

Since its inception in 2002, WLIS has supported over 23,000 women in sport for leadership development. WLIS has been highly regarded in the Australian sport community. Many notable women leaders in sport are previous recipients of WLIS.

WLIS in 2018 comprises of the following components:

  1. Leadership Workshops for individuals and organisations
  2. Development Grants for individuals and organisations, and
  3. Stepping In, targeted leadership development program for individuals.

2018 WLIS Key Dates

Development Grants and Leadership WorkshopsTimeframe

Applications open

9:00am (AEST)
Wednesday 9 August 2017

Applications close

5:00pm (AEST)
Wednesday 6 September 2017

Outcomes notified to applicants

November 2017

Successful grants payments processed

November 2017

Application Options

Application options for individualsApplication options for organisations

Option 1:

Apply to attend a WLIS Leadership Workshop for individuals.


Option 1:

Apply to send a selected group of women from an organisation to attend a WLIS Leadership Workshop for organisations.


Option 2:

Apply for a WLIS grant for learning and development, which includes attendance at a WLIS Leadership Workshop for individuals.


Option 2:

Apply for a WLIS grant to fund a leadership development project for selected women across the organisation.


Disclosure of Information

Personal information submitted via the online application is collected by the ASC for the purpose of considering applications for and administering the program. The information collected may be disclosed to other government agencies for this purpose.

The personal details of successful applicants or participants (including name, home state, sport, supporting organisation, and any photo or video footage of them produced in connection with the program; the value of the grant awarded; and a brief description of the purpose for the grant) will be released by the ASC to the public and the media, and may be placed on the ASC website, including for use of promotional purposes.

WLIS Program Contact

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