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2018 International Women's Day Breakfast

The Department of Education's Women in Leadership initiative annually hosts an International Women's Day breakfast event for Department employees. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world. 

Judge Julie Wager2018 International Women’s Day Breakfast
Crown Towers Perth
Thursday, 8 March 2018
7.00am to 9.30am (with a 7.30am start)
Tickets $40 per person (Fully booked)

Download the Crown location and parking map

Guest speaker: District Court Judge Julie Wager  

Judge Wager has been a leader in the Western Australian law community since the mid-1990s. In 2000, she was appointed to set up and preside over the ground-breaking Perth Drug Court, a therapeutic Magistrate’s court that applies problem-solving techniques to motivate behavioural change in drug-using offenders.

Judge Wager is known to be approachable and down-to-earth and someone who believes in being forthright, especially when speaking plainly to the defendants before her. Of paramount importance to her is ensuring that people being processed by the criminal justice system have a clear understanding what is happening to them and how their actions and attitudes can affect the final outcome.

A graduate from the University of Western Australia in 1986, Judge Wager worked mainly in Legal Aid WA, before establishing her own practice specialising in criminal law in 1991.

She was the Criminal Lawyers Association President from 1996 to 1998 and a member of the Law Council and Law Society of Western Australia from 1998 to 2000. From 2003 to 2005, Judge Wager was Magistrates Society of Western Australia President until being appointed a District Court Judge in 2005. 


The 2018 International Women's Day Breakfast includes presentations to the finalists and winner of the 2017 Women of Achievement Award. The award recognises a woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contribution to education throughout her career with the Department.

The Women in Leadership initiative aims to provide women in the Department with access to a range of learning opportunities that enhance and contribute to their personal and professional growth. It also offers participants the opportunity to interact with members of the Women in Leadership alumni and attend other Women in Leadership events. 

Watch the 2017 breakfast guest speaker, paralympian Jessica Salamati, nee Smith.

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Women of Achievement Award 2017

The Women of Achievement Award recognises a woman who demonstrates outstanding leadership and contributing to education throughout their career with the Department. Finalists have been announced and will be recognised and the winner announced at the Department’s International Women’s Day Breakfast, at Crown Towers, on 8 March 2018. 


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Rising Leaders - Applications now open

Rising Leaders is designed to enhance women’s knowledge of, and confidence in, their leadership capabilities and provide learning opportunities that contribute to personal and professional growth.

As part of the Department’s Women in Leadership strategy, the Department is offering 24 partially funded places in this program.

Applications are now open.

Discover more.

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Women in Leadership alumni

The Women in Leadership alumni has been formed to maintain and enhance a highly engaged, vibrant community that works actively to promote and support women aspiring to leadership positions and to publicly acknowledge the significant achievements of its members.

Membership of the alumni is initially by invitation to those who have participated in Women in Leadership programs. Membership may then be extended to include those in senior leadership positions (Level 5 and above [Education Act] and Level 7 and above [Public Service Award]).

Alumni will have access to a Connect Community, events that support the Rising Leaders program, opportunities to mentor others and guest speaker events.    

Through the alumni, networks will be developed and strengthened, with positive professional relationships not based on work level and position. Skills and knowledge related to leadership will be enhanced and mentoring may occur within the group.

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Further information

For further information, please contact Fiona Winfield at the Institute for Professional Learning on 9413 3337 or email

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