The Australian Awards 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.

Karen Mundine and Rochelle Courtenay receiving their award
2024

SAM MOSTYN AO

Chair, Aware Super 

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Sarah Goddard

DR SARAH GODDARD (SHE/HER)

Rural Generalist, Tennant Creek Hospital

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ASHA BHAT OAM (SHE/HER)

CEO, Southern Aboriginal Corporation

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PROF DR MARCIA LANGTON AO (SHE/HER)

Associate Provost

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GEORGIE STONE (SHE/HER)

Actor and Advocate 

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KHADIJA GBLA (SHE/THEY)

Speaker; Trainer; Activist; Advocate; Model; Writer

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DR NATASHA VAVREK (SHE/HER)

General Practitioner; Founder, The Bubble Tasmania

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THE HON SUSAN KIEFEL AC KC (SHE/HER)

Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 

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WENDY MCCARTHY AO (SHE/HER)

Businesswoman and Activist

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Joanne Farrell

JOANNE FARRELL (SHE/HER)

General Manager, Kane Constructions; Founder & Director, Build Like A Girl

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2023
WLA - Karen Mundine

KAREN MUNDINE

CEO, Reconciliation Australia

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MOYA DODD AO

MOYA DODD AO

Partner, Gilbert + Tobin, Former Matildas Vice Captain

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PAT ANDERSON AO

PAT ANDERSON AO

Chair, Batchelor Institute

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WLA - NATASHA BULLOCK

NATASHA BULLOCK

Assistant Director, Collections and Exhibitions, National Gallery

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ROCHELLE COURTENAY

ROCHELLE COURTENAY

Founder & Managing Director of Share the Dignity

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GEORGIE HARMAN

GEORGIE HARMAN

CEO, Beyond Blue

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TU LE

TU LE

Lawyer, Marrickville Legal

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ZAHRA AL HILALY

ZAHRA AL HILALY

Youth Activist, Speaker and Author

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COMMISSIONER DONNA ADAMS APM

COMMISSIONER DONNA ADAMS APM

Commissioner of Tasmania Police and Secretary of the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

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2022
WLA - Christine Holgate

CHRISTINE HOLGATE

Chief Executive Officer, Toll Global Express

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WLA - DR ANNE WALTER

DR ANNE WALTERS

Chief Plant Health Officer, Department of Industry, Tourism, and Trade

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WLA - DR MIRIAM-ROSE UNGUNMERR BAUMANN AM

DR MIRIAM-ROSE UNGUNMERR

Aboriginal Elder; Renowned Artist; Activist

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WLA - KYLIE WARD

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR KYLIE WARD

Chief Executive Officer, Australian College of Nursing

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WLA - PROFESSOR KATE WARNER

PROFESSOR KATE WARNER AC

28th Governor of Tasmania

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WLA - PROFESSOR NICOLA SPURRIER PSM

PROFESSOR NICOLA SPURRIER PSM

Chief Public Health Officer, SA Health

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WLA - JAHNA CEDAR OAM

JAHNA CEDAR OAM

Executive Director, IPS Management Consultants

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WLA - LISA COX

LISA COX

Media Professional and Disability Advocate

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WLA - ANTOINETTE BRAYBROOK

ANTOINETTE BRAYBROOK

CEO, Djirra; Co-Chair, National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services

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WLA - SHIVANI GOPAL

SHIVANI GOPAL

CEO & Founder, The Remarkable Woman

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2021
WLA - Natasha Stott

NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA AO

Former Senator; Chair, Our Watch Australia

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WLA - SERGEANT ERICA GIBSON

SERGEANT ERICA GIBSON

Remote Policing in Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Service

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WLA - COMMANDER KELLY HAYWOOD

COMMANDER KELLY HAYWOOD

Navy Women’s Strategic Adviso

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WLA - BELINDA HAZELL

BELINDA HAZELL

Principal Consultant, Optimum Standard

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WLA - PATRICIA WARIA-READ

PATRICIA WARIA-READ

Chaplain, Department of Correctional Services

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WLA - JUNE OSCAR AO

JUNE OSCAR AO

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

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WLA - DR JEANNETTE YOUNG PSM

DR JEANNETTE YOUNG PSM

Chief Health Officer, QLD

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WLA - CARLY FINDLAY OAM

CARLY FINDLAY OAM

Writer, Speaker and Appearance Activist

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WLA - MARINA GO

MARINA GO

Independent Board Chair and Non-Executive Director

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2020
WLA - Nova Peris

NOVA PERIS OAM OLY

Former Federal Senator and Olympian

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WLA - PRISCILLA ATKINS

PRISCILLA ATKINS

CEO, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

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WLA - GEORGEINA WHELAN

GEORGEINA WHELAN AM CSC AND BAR

Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency

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WLA - ZELINDA SHERLOCK

ZELINDA SHERLOCK

Councillor & Community, Culture and Events Committee Chair, Hobart City Council; Education Officer

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WLA - ANNABEL CRABB

ANNABEL CRABB

ABC Journalist, Author and Presenter

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WLA - DIANE SMITH GANDER AO

DIANE SMITH-GANDER AO

Non-Executive Director, Advocate for Gender Equality; Past President of Chief Executive Women

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WLA - ASHLEIGH BARTY

ASHLEIGH BARTY

Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer

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WLA - JAMILA RIZVI

JAMILA RIZVI

Chief Creative Officer, Future Women; Author and Commentator

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WLA - DR KERRYN PHELPS AM

DR KERRYN PHELPS AM

Councillor, City of Sydney; former President, Australian Medical Association

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2019
WLA - Tracey Spicer

TRACEY SPICER AM

Reporter, Advocate and Author

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WLA - BETTINA DANGANBARR

BETTINA DANGANBARR

Founder & Chairperson, Galiwin’ku Women’s Space Inc; Anti-domestic violence campaigner

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WLA - VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER

VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER AM

Director, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation

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WLA - BERNADETTE BLACK

BERNADETTE BLACK

CEO and Founding Director, Brave Foundation

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WLA - TANYA MONRO

PROFESSOR TANYA MONRO

Chief Defence Scientist and Physicist

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WLA - SAMANTHA KERR

SAMANTHA KERR

Captain, The Matildas

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WLA - LARISSA WATERS

SENATOR LARISSA WATERS

Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens

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WLA - HOLLY RANSOM

HOLLY RANSOM

CEO, Emergent; Non-Executive Director and Businesswoman

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WLA - DR CATHERINE HAMLIN

DR CATHERINE HAMLIN AC

Pioneering Surgeon and Obstetrician

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2018
WLA - Gail Kelly

GAIL KELLY

Businesswoman, former CEO, Author

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WLA - NOVA PERIS OAM OLY

NOVA PERIS OAM OLY

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

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WLA - SIMONE WILKIE

MAJOR GENERAL SIMONE WILKIE AO

Commander, Australian Defence College

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WLA - MARITA CHENG

MARITA CHENG

Women in Technology Advocate

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WLA - TARYN BRUMFITT

TARYN BRUMFITT

Founder, Body Image Movement

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WLA - KATE STANNAGE

DR KATE STANNAGE

President, Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society

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WLA - KIRSTIN FERGUSON

DR KIRSTIN FERGUSON

Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Creator #celebratingwomen

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WLA - MAGDA SZUBANSKI

MAGDA SZUBANSKI

TV and Film Actress, Comedian and Marriage Equality Advocate

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WLA - GILLIAN TRIGGS

PROFESSOR GILLIAN TRIGGS

Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

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2017
WLA - Ann Sherry

ANN SHERRY AO

Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia

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WLA - ANDREA MASON

ANDREA MASON

CEO, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council

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WLA - SALLY BARNES

SALLY BARNES

Director of National Parks, Parks Australia

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WLA - LUCY OFLAHERTY

LUCY O'FLAHERTY

Chief Executive Officer, Glenview Community Service Inc

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WLA - TANYA HOSCH

TANYA HOSCH

General Manager - Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

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WLA - LEONIE NOBLE

LEONIE NOBLE

National President, Women's Industry Network Seafood Community

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WLA - KATARINA CARROLL

KATARINA CARROLL

Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

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WLA - ROSIE BATTY

ROSIE BATTY

CEO, Emergent; Non-Executive Director and Businesswoman

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WLA - KATE MCLOUGHLIN

KATE MCLOUGHLIN

General Manager of Paralympic Performance, Australian Paralympic Committee

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2016
WLA - Elizabeth Broderick

ELIZABETH BRODERICK AO

Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner

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WLA - PATRICIA ANN

PATRICIA ANN MILLER AO

Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory

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WLA - JULIE MCKAY

JULIE MCKAY

Commander, Australian Defence College

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WLA - SUSAN FAHEY

SUSAN FAHEY

CEO and Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service Tasmania

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WLA - JACQUI MCGILL

JACQUI MCGILL

Asset President, Olympic Dam, BHP Billiton

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WLA - RABIA SIDDIQUE

RABIA SIDDIQUE

Lawyer, Humanitarian, Speaker and Author

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WLA - ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK

THE HON. ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK MP

Premier of Queensland

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WLA - MICHELLE DIXON

MICHELLE DIXON

CEO and Partner, Maddocks

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WLA - LAYNE BEACHLEY

LAYNE BEACHLEY AO

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

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2015
WLA - Dame Quentin Bryce

THE HONOURABLE DAME QUENTIN BRYCE AD CVO

Former Governor General of Australia

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WLA - CLARE MARTIN

CLARE MARTIN

Freelance Journalist and Former NT Chief Minister and Labor Leader

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WLA - PETA CREDLIN

PETA CREDLIN

Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister

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WLA - CHRISTINE MILNE

CHRISTINE MILNE

Leader of the Australian Greens

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WLA - NATASHA STOTT

NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA AM

Australia’s Ambassador for Women & Girls & Former Senator

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WLA - JULIE BISHOP

THE HON JULIE BISHOP MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government

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WLA - TERRI IRWIN

TERRI IRWIN AM

Conservationist, Tourism Ambassador and Owner of Australia Zoo

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WLA - JANINE ALLIS

JANINE ALLIS

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

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WLA - MICHELLE BRIDGES

MICHELLE BRIDGES

Author, Trainer, Entrepreneur and Champion of Change

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2014
WLA - Julia Gillard

JULIA GILLARD

Former Prime Minister of Australia

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WLA - BESS NUNGARRAYI

THE HON. BESS NUNGARRAYI PRICE

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

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WLA - ELIZABETH COSSON

ELIZABETH COSSON AM CSC

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

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WLA - LARA GIDDINGS

LARA GIDDINGS

Former Premier of Tasmania

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WLA - MAGGIE BEER

MAGGIE BEER

Culinary Icon

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WLA - CARMEN LAWRENCE

THE HON. CARMEN LAWRENCE

Former Federal President of the Australian Labor Party

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THE HON. ANNA BLIGH

THE HON. ANNA BLIGH

Former Premier of Queensland

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WLA - CAROL SCHWARTZ

CAROL SCHWARTZ AM

Founding Chair, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia

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WLA - ITA BUTTROSE

ITA BUTTROSE AO OBE

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

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