Leadership Centre

Women continue to be under-represented in visible leadership roles throughout the sport and recreation sector. This leadership space is designed to showcase various initiatives, programs, resources and provide support to help bridge this gap.

Explore the search and filter function below to find information about gender equality strategies, successful and innovative programs driving inclusion in Victoria or simply gain inspiration from some of our role models leading the way in the sector.

This is a space to collaborate and share insights as we know the only way to level the playing field is through working together. If you have any additional resources or information you think would be a great addition to this space please contact us.

Balance the Board
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Balance the Board

The mandatory 40% women on boards quota came into effect on 1 July 2019. We are here to help.

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Change Our Game IWD Presentation

In celebration of International Women's Day 2021, we're excited to bring you this special Change Our Game presentation.International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far

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The need for schools to develop physically literat...

According to recent research, Australia is ranked one of the worst performers for 11–17 year old girls globally. Over 90% of girls surveyed reporting insufficient levels of physical activity

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No boundaries for women and girls in sport resourc...

On Sunday 8 March 2020 the MCC launched its  ‘Pathway to gender equality in sport including pay equality’ report. To complement this document was the launch of the ‘No

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Women in Sport Recruitment and Retention Guideline...

The Change Our Game Recruitment and Retention Guidelines for Women in Sport and Recreation have been developed to assist community sport and recreation organisations increase the number

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Women in Sport Communication and Marketing Strateg...

The Change Our Game Women in Sport and Recreation Communication and Marketing Guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC

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IWD Lunch Presentations

On March 8, 2019 more than 500 guests gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Change Our Game Networking lunch. The theme of the third and largest Change Our Game event was wo

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Change Our Game IWD Lunch

More than 500 guests gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme of the third Change Our Game Lunch focussing on women in sport and the media.The event featured a keynote

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Change Our Game Girls in Sport Summit

On 13 October 2018, in the week of the International Day of the Girl, the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR) hosted a first-of-its-kind deliberation, bringing together 82 girls aged b

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Women from cultural minority groups in elite sporting environments can experience challenges beyond those faced as a result of their gender. Walking in two worlds between collectivist and/or

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Women in Coaching

We know women are underrepresented in leadership roles across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector, particularly coaches, but also umpires, referees, administrators, exec

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The Ticket - Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Reflections: life, sport and everything in between.A one hour podcast featuring Tracey Holmes and Dr Bridie O'Donnell that cycles through Italy, the USA, doping scandals, issues, challenges and sp

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2018 Girls in Sport Summit

Imagine Victoria in 10 years’ time as the best place in the world for girls to play sport. What does it look like?It’s an interesting thought, and one that was posed to over 100 girls

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Gender Balance at Every Forum

Chief Executive Women, the Male Champions of Change and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia share a common goal – a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of wom

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Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active R...

The independent Inquiry sheds light on gender inequality in Victorian sport and recreation.The report, released by the Victorian Government in December 2015, outlined a way forward, helping change

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AusPlay Focus Women and Girls

This publication delves into the participation of Australian women and girls in sport and physical activity, and the difference between male and female patterns of behaviour.It uses AusPlay data c

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Active Women and Girls Strategy

The City of Ballarat's 2018 Active Women and Girls’ Strategy aims to provide a tailored response to priority issues identified within the municipality that may be constraining women and girl

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Female friendly infrastructure

The Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines provide information and advice on how to deliver more gender equitable environments.The information assists community sport and recreation clubs

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NMFC Gender Equality Action Plan

North Melbourne Football Club's Gender Equality Action Plan will lead the way in gender equality with sustained and measurable actions.North Melbourne's vision is to be the ‘Club of Choice&r

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Champions Stand Together

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation was created by the Victorian Government in response to the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation.It is the first Office of its kind in A

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This Girl Can - Victoria

This Girl Can – Victoria is here to celebrate and support Victorian women (yep, you!) embracing physical activity in a way that suits you. Whether it’s a little or a lot, what matters

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Transition to Board Quotas

By 1 July 2019 all sport and active recreation organisations funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Victorian Government will be expected to comply with the mandatory 40% women on boards

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Count Us In

Count Us In

Count Us In - Developing physical activity programs for women was developed as part of the Count Us In! project conducted by Victoria University to identify the key success factors in effective pa

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Sporting Clubs Taking Action

Communities of Respect and Equality - Sporting Clubs Taking Action highlights five action areas for sporting clubs to consider when preventing violence against women and promoting gender

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Safe and Strong

Safe and Strong, Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy, sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time.The Victorian Government aim to progressively build the attitudinal and

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Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport > Comp...

This guideline is aimed at sporting clubs, organisations and staff and focuses on discrimination on the basis of gender identity in sport.Developed and published by the Victorian Equal Opportunity

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Role model - Peggy O'Neal

Role model - Peggy O'Neal

At the forefront of changing the game has been Peggy O’Neal, a board member of the Richmond Football Club since 2005 and President since 2013 . In 2017 Peggy wrote the history books, becomin

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How the Game has Changed

A lot can happen in sport over twelve months and this has certainly been the case when we look back on the Change Our Game Champions program, now 12months old, and inaugural year of the Office for

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Brighton Declaration

This Declaration is addressed to all those governments, public authorities, organisations, businesses, educational and research establishments, women's organisations and individuals who are respon

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