Winners Announced: 2024 Australian Awards for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Announcing the National and State recipients of the 2024 Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. Find out more about the recipients.
2024 award winners
Women & Leadership Australia
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2024 Awards winners

The Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, nominated by the public, and awarded by Women & Leadership Australia, spotlight outstanding accomplishments of Australian leaders across business, government, and community.

Women & Leadership Australia CEO, Karen Taylor, today announced the National and State recipients of the 2024 Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership:

• NATIONAL – Sam Mostyn AO
• ACT – Joanne Farrell
• NSW – Wendy McCarthy AO Life Fellow FAICD
• NT – Dr Sarah Goddard 
• QLD – The Hon Susan Kiefel AC KC
• SA – Khadija Gbla
• TAS – Dr Natasha Vavrek 
• VIC – Prof Dr Marcia Langton AO*
• VIC – Georgie Stone*
• WA – Asha Bhat OAM


"Recognising and acknowledging the impacts of exceptional leadership is essential. The Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership allow us to celebrate and spotlight the contributions of these exceptional individuals, to progress the public conversation around diversity in leadership and provide positive role models for the next generation.” - Karen Taylor, CEO of Women & Leadership Australia

The 2024 National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership

Sam Mostyn

The 2024 National winner is Sam Mostyn AO, businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a history of executive & governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy and NFP sectors.

Ms Mostyn said of the award; “It is an honour and privilege to be receiving a national award from Women & Leadership Australia. In its 20 years history, so many women across the country have benefited from WLA’s enduring commitment to building, mentoring and celebrating women’s leadership. I follow in the footsteps, and pay tribute to, the inspiring women who have been previously honoured in this way and want to thank WLA for their generosity in presenting me with this award.”

Ms Taylor said the award acknowledged Ms Mostyn’s dedication to improving outcomes across various realms including gender inclusion, equity, mental health, sustainability, women’s sport, Indigenous issues, legal issues, and climate change.

“Last year, Sam chaired the Women’s Economic Taskforce, delivering recommendations to the Australian Government aimed at advancing women’s economic equality and gender equality” said Ms Taylor.

“Throughout these significant initiatives we’ve noted Ms Mostyn’s impact and we are honoured to present her with this award for her enduring commitment to driving positive nationwide change for over two decades.”

Ms Mostyn will accept her award in person at the Canberra Women’s Leadership Symposium in May. Find out more and get your tickets.

Ms Mostyn joins a highly esteemed group of leaders who have previously received this award. With this year’s announcement, more than 100 remarkable Australian leaders have been recognised for their leadership over the last 11 years.

The recipients of the 2024 Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership will accept their awards at the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums, and Inspired Leadership Series events across Australia.