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Leadership programs for women in high performance sport


The AIS Talent Program (STEMM) is on offer to all women who work in high performance sport and specialise in science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine disciplines and are looking to progress to that next level in their career.

In its second year, the leadership program aims to increase the depth, diversity and representation of women in Australian sport.

The six-month program includes three face-to-face modules at the AIS as well as online training focused on leadership, personal brand and advocating for change.

The program is supported by the Australian Government’s Office for Women, with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and AIS together delivering several initiatives aimed at helping women in sport reach their full potential.


  • Provides opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Support, retain and progress talented women in STEMM roles
  • Help advance women into STEMM leadership roles within Australian sport
  • Strengthen the connection and collaboration between women who work in STEMM

Program content

The program will cover a range of topics such as leadership presence, professional networking and how to turn barriers into opportunities.

Furthermore participants will learn how to:

  • Name, claim and leverage their key strengths
  • Consciously influence change
  • Turn their experiences into valuable lessons
  • Implement effective communication strategies
  • Build a supportive and conscious network

Program schedule

  • Program launch: Thursday 30 March (120 minute online session)
  • Module 1 in Canberra: Tuesday 2 May – Thursday 4 May
  • Module 2 in Canberra: Tuesday 20 June – Thursday 22 June
  • Module 3 in Canberra: Tuesday 5 September – Thursday 7 September
  • Program concludes: mid-September

**Please note participant flights, accommodation, meals and ground transport to and from the modules will be covered by the AIS


"Gave me the confidence to be a leader in my own style, understanding that we don’t have to conform to stereotyped leadership models."
"Apply! This program will assist you in learning more about yourself, why you do things the way you do, and understand more about your own strengths and weaknesses, whilst amongst like-minded women, who will end up being part of your own peer group cheer squad. Life changing!"
"The connection and acceptance of the group allowed me to explore my skills and my role and learn from others. A secondary gain is that I now know a lot of fabulous women in the network who I can share a challenge with."
"Apply now and without hesitation! The connections that you make will be invaluable as a support to work in the sporting industry. You’ll learn a lot and have a bunch of experts on tap."

Diversity of applicants

The AIS welcome applicants who reflect the diversity of the Australian community and encourages women who identify as the below to apply:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse
  • Person with disability

Eligibility criteria

  • Identify as a woman
  • Aged 18 years or over
  • An Australian citizen or has been granted/in the process of attaining permanent residence status
  • Employed or contracted by an NSO/SSO, NSOD, NIN or Games Delivery Partner (noting that clinical professions are often engaged as sole traders / consultants)
  • Engaged in a science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine (STEMM) role or has a STEMM background and currently managing / overseeing STEMM personnel (employees, contractors, or delivery network).
  • Is not a current employee of the ASC or AIS
  • Is available to attend all the face-to-face modules (support for childcare will be considered)

Letter of support

Applicants will need to provide a letter of support from a sponsor (someone more senior who works within high performance sport) that can confirm their role and advocate on their behalf.

How to apply

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria
  2. Read the Terms and conditions below
  3. Confirm a sponsor
  4. Complete the application form

Additional information

2023 participants

Past participants

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