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In Australia, women are still significantly underrepresented across all levels of politics, in business and other positions of influence.

Our vision

Pathways to Politics Program for Women is changing the face of politics. It seeks to increase female participation in politics by equipping women with the skills and knowledge to succeed in running for elected office, and to thrive as political leaders.

Now in its fifth year, and open to all female graduates of Victorian universities from 2020, the Program is a non-partisan initiative borne out of a partnership between the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Trawalla Foundation and Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. In 2020 the Program is free for the 30 successful applicants, who will be selected on a competitive basis.

The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is modelled on the Kennedy School's From Harvard Square to the Oval Office' program at Harvard University. In 2019 Queensland University of Technology also launched a 'Pathways to Politics' program, and other states also have programs currently in development.

For more than 20 years I've been passionate about improving the quality of leadership and decision making in Australia. Sadly, Australia continues to suffer from a chronic underrepresentation of women in leadership positions and currently ranks as 51st in the world when it comes to the representation of women in government. Carol Schwartz AO, Chair, Trawalla Foundation
It has been wonderful to see the program's practical outcomes and the positive impact it’s had on the conversation around representation of women in parliament. This year we are very pleased to invite female graduates from across Victoria to apply for this valuable opportunity. Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne
Partnership and funding