The ACT Government is committed to driving gender diversity in leadership and decision-making in sports in Canberra to help provide more equitable opportunities and access to participation for women and girls.
In 2016, I set a target that by 2020, next year, all sporting peak bodies funded by the ACT Government through triennial agreements would be required to achieve 40 per cent representation of women on their boards or risk being ineligible for funding.
Diversity in decision-making is fundamental to breaking social barriers and achieving equitable outcomes. Making this change at a board level is a step forward for the sport and recreation sector, providing more leadership opportunities for women and improving decision making to better meet the needs of women in sport.
The ACT is making progress to bring more women onto sports boards and sports are showing they understand and support the need for change. Of the 28 peak sporting bodies triennially funded through the ACT Government’s Sport and Recreation Grants Program, more than half have now reached the target or higher.
I would like to congratulate the following sporting bodies for achieving this target:
In recognition of their effort I have offered these sports a one off bonus grant.
The 2020 Sport and Recreation Grants Program is also currently open for sporting organisations and individuals to apply for funding of up to $2.4 million through one of seven categories.
The Sport and Recreation Grants Program supports our peak sporting bodies and provides funding for individual projects and programs that support community participation in sport and active recreation at all levels.