On the fast track to board director


Minister for Women’s Affairs announces scholarships for a corporate governance training initiative for women
Women seeking to develop their boardroom skills are being encouraged to apply for scholarships that will help them achieve their goal.

Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Wooldridge recently announced that applications have opened for the Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship program, a corporate governance training initiative that builds on the skills of female board directors.

An initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors), the scholarships will be awarded to 34 women who are currently serving on the board of a not-for-profit (NFP) organisation that is in receipt of Coalition Government funding.

“The Coalition Government is committed to improving the skills, experience and confidence of women to ensure their success as board directors,” Ms Wooldridge said. “It has been great to see women from diverse backgrounds receive scholarships through the program and to see their NFP boards benefiting
from the skills of these talented women,” she added.

As the 34 scholarships offered for 2012 were eagerly sought, Ms Wooldridge has announced an additional 68 scholarships.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors John Colvin said the program supports initiatives to increase the number of women on boards and provides vital assistance to improve the governance of NFP boards.

“NFP organisations often struggle with limited resources and funding, so providing scholarships that strengthen governance in the sector is important,” Mr Colvin said.

Applications are open until 11 January 2013. Application forms and guidelines are available from the Company Directors website at www.companydirectors.com.au/boarddiversity