There has been a jump from 27 per cent average [female board members] to 38 per cent average on the boards of the top 21 national sports organisations since the diversity quota was introduced in 2013. Seventeen of those 21 sports have increased the number of females on their boards in that period.
It became mandatory for Australia’s top government funded sports to meet a target of at least 40 per cent for women board members. Sanctions have been threatened, but as Fairfax Media understands are yet to be imposed, on sports that miss.
While competitive results are crucial in boosting the funding of, and attention on, women’s sport in Australia, Ley has underlined that female representation in off-field leadership – though markedly improved in the last three years – is still lagging.
Praising the recent feats of the Diamonds and Southern Stars – and congratulating the AFL and Seven Network for their unprecedented weekend support of women playing Australian Rules – sport minister Sussan Ley has told Fairfax the momentum is there to be seized.
The federal government wants to fast track the promotion of women decision makers in sport following a string of standout performances by Australia’s high achieving, but historically underpaid and underexposed, #female athletes.