Gender quota not in regions
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.