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Workforce Development

Talent Program (Women Executives)

Leadership programs for women in high performance sport


The AIS Talent Program (Executive) is on offer to all women who work in high performance sport and are responsible for decision-making, strategy, and leadership, looking to progress to the next level in their career.

In its third 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 executive coaching and peer support focused on developing leadership capabilities.

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.

Women in Exec

Important details

  • Applications open: Monday 5th February 2024 at 9:00am (AEDT)
  • Applications close: Monday 19th February 2024 at 11:55pm (AEDT)
  • Applicants notified of outcomes: Week commencing 28th February 2024
  • Modules:
    • Module 1: Tuesday 30th April –  Thursday 2nd May 2024
    • Module 2: Tuesday 25th June  –  Thursday 27th June 2024
    • Module 3: TBC October 2024

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

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


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 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 an executive role or has an executive background and currently involved in decision-making, strategy, leadership, and managing / overseeing 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 can be made available)

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
  3. Confirm a sponsor, who must complete and submit their letter of support
  4. Complete the application form here.

Additional information

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