Gen­der quota not in re­gions

Midwest Times - - SPORTS -

A new Aus­tralian sport gen­der quota, which man­dates 50 per cent of all peo­ple on ex­ec­u­tive boards and com­mit­tees must be women, will not be im­posed on re­gional gov­ern­ing bod­ies, the State Gov­ern­ment has said.

The Com­mon­wealth’s plan to di­ver­sify sport lead­er­ship has been adopted by all juris­dic­tions, how­ever only the peo­ple in charge of State and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions will need to im­ple­ment the pol­icy.

The WA Gov­ern­ment said it would help the sport and recre­ation in­dus­try em­ploy more women in stages and as­sist sport bod­ies with the tran­si­tion.

The 50 per cent tar­get is 10 per cent higher than the orig­i­nal pro­posal, which Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray said the State pushed for.

“Sport plays such an im­por­tant role in our cul­ture, so it’s vi­tal that the gov­ern­ing bod­ies are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. “Di­ver­sity in lead­er­ship po­si­tions not only bet­ter re­flects our com­mu­ni­ties, it has been shown to make good busi­ness sense and lead to bet­ter de­ci­sion­mak­ing out­comes.

“We will be work­ing closely with the sports in­dus­try in WA to im­prove the gen­der di­ver­sity of boards, as we move to­wards an out­come more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Women’s In­ter­ests Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk said with­out man­dat­ing a gen­der quota, the sport in­dus­try would miss out on a huge ar­ray of tal­ent.

She also said the pol­icy sent a mes­sage to the sport­ing com­mu­nity and the rest of the pub­lic that gen­der equal­ity was im­por­tant and the Gov­ern­ment should drive the agenda for change.

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