Thursday, May 8th, 2014

A partnership between the State Government and the Australian Institute of Company
Directors aimed at helping women strengthen their leadership skills is set to continue.
Last year, 25 scholarships were offered to women from across the state to attend a training
course run by the AICD, with Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago confirming the
program will again be run this year.

“There was a fantastic response to last year’s scholarship program, with around 300
expressions of interest and 95 applications received – with some truly exceptional women
taking part in the program,” she said.

“This year, a further 25 scholarships will be on offer for the one-day course on governance for
directors – offering a valuable insight into leadership, governance and the boardroom

Ms Gago said priority would be given to South Australian women living in regional areas,
Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women
living with a disability.

“We want to see more women taking on leadership roles around our state, and this scholarship
program is a great way to help women secure the skills and confidence they need to boost
their career prospects,” she said.

“It’s especially important that we can continue to help women who may otherwise not have the
opportunity to take part in this program.

“Last year, more than half of the successful applicants were from regional areas - a great

“I look forward to seeing a similar result this year, with more outstanding future female leaders
securing important knowledge and insight through this program.”

Ms Gago said a total of four of the scholarships on offer would be provided to younger or older

This year’s round of scholarship applications opens on May 23. For more information, contact
the Office for Women on 08 8303 0961, or email [email protected]


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