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About Pathways to Politics Program for Women

The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a national, proudly non-partisan initiative that aims to change the face of politics by equipping women with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and networks they need to run for elected office and thrive as political leaders.

This initiative of the Trawalla Foundation, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and University of Melbourne seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in Australian politics, and is delivered in partnership with state-based university partners University of Melbourne (UoM), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Pathways has realised significant impact in advancing female political participation since it launched in 2016, with 20 electoral successes achieved nationally across the political spectrum at local, state and federal levels of government. The majority of alums intend to run for elected office in the next ten years, and at least 20 alums are poised to run in the forthcoming 2022 federal and Victorian state elections.

Pathways brings together significant expertise and experience from across Australia’s political spectrum to provide participants with networking opportunities and practical training that emphasises good governance, ethics and leadership. The program supports a strong and inclusive cohort culture.

The program curriculum is delivered in a practical, experiential format, with modules covering topics such as political vision, campaign planning, media training, speech-writing and leadership skills.

Thank you for your interest in the Pathways to Politics Program for Women. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Commitment to seeking elected office
  • Leadership experience
  • Professional and life experience
  • Political engagement
  • Ability to tell your story in a compelling way.

All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee, which place a strong emphasis on multi-partisanship and equity in selection and seeks a cohort of women with diverse life and professional experiences.

The program provides a safe space for women of diverse backgrounds, professions, cultures, and ideologies to fulfil their shared aspiration to pursue public office.


Current Rounds

QUT Pathways to Politics for Women 2022

UNSW Pathways to Politics for Women 2022

UoM Pathways to Politics for Women 2022


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