The Office for Recreation and Sport, through the Community Participation branch works with State Sporting Organisations and various government and non government agencies to support the development of women in sport.

Projects and Programs

Board Diversity SA State Sporting Organisations

There is strong evidence that diversity on boards leads to better corporate performance. Diversity is good for business. It is no longer a question of ‘why’ but ‘how’ and 'when'. The gender diversity metrics of state sporting organisations in South Australia are being made public and will be updated annually on the ORS wesite.

See how your sport rates (PDF, 118 KB)

How does your club board/committee compare?  Let us know by completing the poll  #watchthewomen.

Sport and Women Wikipedia Project

In support of South Australia's women's sport, and the sportswomen who have lead by example, we've supported capturing the history of their rich and outstanding achievements through a digital footprint. This has involved:

  • searching and linking existing Wikipedia profiles to the 'SA Women's Sport Stars List' Wikipedia page
  • researching and creating 21 individual biography Wikipedia pages representative of significant sports women across a range or eras in sport in South Australia
  • listing them at the South Australian women in sport Wikipedia page

Developing Leaders in Sport

Seven women from State Sporting Associations and industry were chosen to participate in this program to fast-track their sports administrative and managerial skills. It is a professional development opportunity for women in leadership roles or aspiring to leadership in sport and recreation.

Applications for the 2015 program closed on 24 November 2015.

For further information please contact the Community Participation team on 1300 714 990 or participation@sa.gov.au

Women's Sport Network

The Women's Sport Network aims to raise the profile of women, in all aspects of sport, in South Australia. The network is open to both males and females to work to further the development of women in sport, and women's sport.

To subscribe to the Women's Sport Network please email participation@sa.gov.au

Words into Sporting Action

Download Words into Sporting Action (PDF, 625 KB)

Download the Pledge (coming soon)


Premier's Women's Directory

The Premier's Women's Directory is an online database of women wanting to serve on boards and committees. It includes the details of women with a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and interests and is maintained and updated by the Office for Women.

Australian Sports Commission

The Australian Sports Commission website offers information on women in sport.

Keeping Young Women in Sport

The Office for Recreation and Sport funded several State Sport Organisations in 2013 to develop reports on how to keep young women involved in sport.

Download the Rowing SA report.

Download the Lacrosse SA report.

Words into Sporting Action

Download Words into Sporting Action (PDF, 625 KB)

Download the Pledge (coming soon)

Funding Opportunities

Office for Recreation and Sport grants and other programs

Funding is available to help organisations and individuals to provide high quality active recreation and sport facilities, programs and activities. See the Funding pages for more information.

Upcoming Courses/Events

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Female change room program announced

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