Change Our Game AICD Foundations of Directorship Program

Research shows the correlation between gender balance in leadership roles and improved financial and organisational performance. Despite this, women remain under-represented on boards, in administrative and other positions throughout sport.

Facilitating more diversity within decision-making positions and fostering a culture which values diversity will have flow on benefits for the broader sector through increased innovation, participation and retention from the grassroots all the way through recreational sport and competition pathways.

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation has partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to strengthen and support the sector to address gender inequalities when it comes to visible leadership roles across all levels of sport and recreation.

Through this partnership, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship Course has been codesigned and delivered by AICD, Australia’s leading provider of governance education and development programs, government assessment services and board advisory services.

The objective of the program is to provide formal training and development opportunities to women who are looking to strengthen their understanding of governance processes with a view of taking on board positions within the sport and recreation sector at regional, state and national level.

On 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government introduced a mandatory 40% women on boards quota for all peak bodies receiving program funding. The program is designed to support the Women on Boards Quota by introducing participants to the essential duties and responsibilities of a director, governance and board meeting processes, as well as assisting participants to develop a view of governance from a Director’s level, finance strategy and risk in varying organisational structures.

This tailored program has been co-designed by the AICD and OWSR to contextualise the course materials through the development of case studies and discussion pieces relevant to the governance and oversight of sporting entities.

A three-day Foundations of Directorship program will be offered to women who are new and aspiring directors, senior executives and managers wanting to gain a foundational knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

The program will run from 9-11 November 2020. The objective is to run the program in a face-to-face setting however, if restrictions are in place, the program will be run online.

At the completion of the course, participants will receive access to online AICD resources, networking and be an Associate of the AICD for 12 months.

The Foundations of Directorship program will be offered at no cost to the participant or that organisation and intake will be strictly limited to 25 participants for the three-day (inclusive) program. Interested participants will be required to apply and via a competitive process an independent assessment panel will evaluate applications.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by:

  • state sporting associations or state sporting organisations and peak bodies recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria where there is no recognised state sporting association, a national sporting organisation recognised by Sport Australia may submit applications
  • regional sports assemblies
  • local government authorities

To be eligible for this program, nominated candidates must:

  • identify as a woman
  • be aged 18 years or over
  • work in Victoria
  • be currently involved (and preferably with at least 5 years’ experience) in either a paid or volunteer capacity in sport or active recreation
  • apply through an eligible organisation, not as an individual.


  • favourable consideration will be given to women who have previously received a Category 1 or Category 2 Change Our Game Scholarship
  • recognised organisations can nominate a maximum of 2 applications

This will be a competitive program and applications will be independently assessed against the following criteria:

  • relevance of experience
  • leadership aspirations and longer-term professional development outcomes
  • ability to outline the impact the activity could have on nominee’s organisation or the broader sport and recreation sector

EOI's will close at 5pm on 1 September, 2020.

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