The Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership

The Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership recognise the contribution of women at a National and State/Territory level to the advancement of gender equality across Australia. More specifically the awards recognise individual women that have, through their actions, improved the likelihood of other women within their field of endeavour having greater access to leadership equality. Created in 2014 and nominated by members of the WLA community, the underlying purpose of the awards is to increase visibility and momentum for the push for Australian women to receive equitable access to leadership positions across all industries and the broader community.

Gail Kelly

Businesswoman, former CEO, Author

2018 National Award Winner

Professor Gillian Triggs

Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

NSW AWARD WINNER

VIC AWARD WINNER

Magda Szubanski

TV and Film Actress, Comedian and Marriage Equality Advocate

Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Creator #celebratingwomen

QLD AWARD WINNER

Dr Kate Stannage

President, Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society

WA AWARD WINNER

Nova Peris OAM OLY

Former Olympian Gold Medallist, Federal Senator and Principal Adviser, Sport & Recreation Participation

NT AWARD WINNER

Major General Simone Wilkie AO

Commander, Australian Defence College

ACT AWARD WINNER

Marita Cheng

Women in Technology Advocate

TAS AWARD WINNER

Taryn Brumfitt

Founder, Body Image Movement

SA AWARD WINNER

Ann Sherry AO

Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia

2017 National Award Winner

KATE MCLOUGHLIN

General Manager of Paralympic Performance, Australian Paralympic Committee

NSW AWARD WINNER

VIC AWARD WINNER

ROSIE BATTY

Chief Executive Officer, The Luke Batty Foundation

KATARINA CARROLL

Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

QLD AWARD WINNER

LEONIE NOBLE

National President, Women's Industry Network Seafood Community

WA AWARD WINNER

ANDREA MASON

CEO, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council

NT AWARD WINNER

SALLY BARNES

Director of National Parks, Parks Australia

ACT AWARD WINNER

LUCY O'FLAHERTY

Chief Executive Officer, Glenview Community Service Inc

TAS AWARD WINNER

TANYA HOSCH

General Manager - Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

SA AWARD WINNER

Elizabeth Broderick AO

Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner

2016 National Award Winner

LAYNE BEACHLEY AO

7 Time World Surfing Champion & Founder of The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation

NSW AWARD WINNER

VIC AWARD WINNER

MICHELLE DIXON

CEO and Partner, Maddocks

THE HON. ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK MP

Premier of Queensland

QLD AWARD WINNER

RABIA SIDDIQUE

Lawyer, Humanitarian, Speaker and Author

WA AWARD WINNER

PATRICIA ANN MILLER AO

Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory

NT AWARD WINNER

JULIE MCKAY

Former Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women

ACT AWARD WINNER

SUSAN FAHEY

CEO and Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service Tasmania

TAS AWARD WINNER

JACQUI MCGILL

Asset President, Olympic Dam, BHP Billiton

SA AWARD WINNER

THE HONOURABLE DAME QUENTIN BRYCE AD CVO

Former Governor General of Australia

2015 National Award Winner

MICHELLE BRIDGES

Author, Trainer, Entrepreneur and Champion of Change

NSW AWARD WINNER

VIC AWARD WINNER

JANINE ALLIS

Businesswoman, Channel Ten’s Shark Tank Mentor and Owner of Boost Juice

TERRI IRWIN AM

Conservationist, Tourism
Ambassador and Owner of Australia Zoo

QLD AWARD WINNER

THE HON JULIE BISHOP MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government

WA AWARD WINNER

CLARE MARTIN

Freelance Journalist and
Former NT Chief Minister
and Labor Leader

NT AWARD WINNER

PETA CREDLIN

Chief of Staff, Office of
the Prime Minister

ACT AWARD WINNER

CHRISTINE MILNE

Leader of the Australian Greens

TAS AWARD WINNER

NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA AM

Australia’s Ambassador for Women & Girls & Former Senator

SA AWARD WINNER

JULIA GILLARD

Former Prime Minister of Australia

2014 National Award Winner

ITA BUTTROSE AO OBE

Legendary media editor, best-selling author and 2013 Australian of the Year

NSW AWARD WINNER

VIC AWARD WINNER

CAROL SCHWARTZ AM

Founding Chair, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia

THE HON. ANNA BLIGH

Former Premier of Queensland

QLD AWARD WINNER

THE HON. CARMEN LAWRENCE

Former Federal President of the Australian Labor Party

WA AWARD WINNER

THE HON. BESS NUNGARRAYI PRICE

Minister for Community Services, Statehood, Women’s Policy, and Parks and Wildlife

NT AWARD WINNER

ELIZABETH COSSON AM CSC

Deputy Secretary of the Business Services Group, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

ACT AWARD WINNER

LARA GIDDINGS

Former Premier of Tasmania

TAS AWARD WINNER

MAGGIE BEER

Culinary Icon

SA AWARD WINNER