Gender diversity

There are economic, cultural, social and health benefits to having more women involved in leadership roles.

Gender Diversity Case for Change

Gender Diversity Case for Change coverHelping sport and recreation organisations understand the business case for gender diversity and motivate them to address gender inequality in their organisations.

The Case for Change is a key enabler of the cultural change required to improve gender balance within the sport and recreation sector.

For change to occur, sport and recreation organisations and other key stakeholders must understand the effects of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as the underlying reasons for these dynamics. This understanding will allow for effective teams and workplaces, inclusive of all persons.

To find out more on the Case for Change, download the report, templates and case studies below.

Gender Diversity Case for Change report and downloads

Is your club inclusive?

Inclusive means welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability. An inclusive club ensures that all members have an equal opportunity to take part in sport and recreation. 

An inclusive club doesn't just wait for this to happen – it takes steps to make it happen! Use our inclusive club checklist.

Why we focused on improving gender balance in sport and recreation

Focusing on diversity and inclusion means Australians from all walks of life can participate in, and benefit from, an active lifestyle and connection to their communities.

All kinds of diversity make our communities rich and vibrant places, including diversity of background, culture, language, age, ability, and gender.

State Sporting Associations' policy for gender diversity in clubs

Have you contacted your State Sporting Association about this?

Has your club committee discussed getting more females involved as leaders?  

Is your club recruiting female managers, committee members, coaches or officials? Start talking to your members, parents and supporters. 

Have you considered making this a task of one of your committee members?  

Ask around, scope out some girls or women who may be interested in becoming more involved in leadership roles. It is good for business.

Benefits of having gender balanced leadership:

Attract and retain top talent

Inclusive clubs are better able to attract and retain top talent, and provide an environment where everyone is set up to succeed.

Enhance club performance

Gender diversity is linked to enhanced organisational and financial performance, improved decision-making and governance, and higher levels of innovation, creativity and agility.

Platform for growth

Increased gender diversity in leadership provides a foundation for growth as different networks, skills and perspectives are utilised.

Meet community expectations 

Committees and leadership teams increasingly recognise the importance of reflecting the diversity of their community of participants, players, instructors, volunteers and families.

Page reviewed 03 July 2019