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2019 Rising Leaders: Emerging Women in Leadership

Rising Leaders: Emerging Women in Leadership 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 offered 20 partially funded places in this program.

Applications have now closed.

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2019 Women in Leadership: Leading with Influence and Impact

Women in Leadership: Leading with Influence and Impact is designed to provide participants with an evidence-based approach to developing leadership mindsets and skills required to successfully navigate the leadership pipeline.  Participants will explore learning agility and its importance in creating a high-performing team culture.

As part of the Department’s Women in Leadership strategy, the Department offered 20 partially funded places in this program.

Applications have now closed.

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2017 Women of Achievement Award winner, Cheryl Townsend, Principal, Ballajura Community College

2017 Women of Achievement Award winner, Cheryl Townsend, Principal, Ballajura Community College

Women of Achievement Award 2018 - Nominations have now closed

The Women of Achievement Award recognises women who demonstrate outstanding leadership and contributions to education throughout their career with the Department.

The Award is an initiative under the Department of Education’s Equity and Diversity Management Plan 2015 -2019 (the Plan). It ensures that schools and Department workplaces are provided with the opportunity to recognise the achievements of outstanding female employees who have made a significant contribution to public education in Western Australia. 

Is there someone you know who:

  • stands out as exemplary in their role?
  • has made a significant contribution to public education?
  • has demonstrated exemplary leadership?
  • has significant professional achievements?
  • deserves recognition?

Over the years, the Women of Achievement Award has highlighted the professional contribution and dedication of many women across the Department.  These include: directors, principals, teachers, heads of learning area and managers corporate services.  Each nomination demonstrates an individual’s outstanding commitment to public education.

Selection will be based on:

  • nominee’s achievements
  • what they do that is above and beyond the expectations of their role
  • demonstration of outstanding leadership
  • high level of personal integrity and professional standards
  • significant contribution to their team and community.

Please note:  The selection panel may choose to contact the nominator for additional information.

Please take the time to complete the nomination form to recognise someone you know has made a contribution to public education.

Nominations have now closed.

Finalists for the Department’s Women of Achievement Award will be recognised and the winner announced at the International Women’s Day breakfast held on the 8 March 2019. 

For further information please contact Alison Cole, Leadership Institute on 9413 3330.

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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.

The first Women in Leadership Alumni event for 2018 was held at the Institute on Wednesday, 9 May.

The guest speaker was Kate Lamont. Kate has more than three decades of experience in the Western Australian wine, food and tourism industry.

Kate works in the Lamont family's integrated food and wine business, incorporating grape growing, wine production and sales, producing more than 60 000 bottles of Western Australian wine per annum. Lamont’s operate restaurants in the Swan Valley, Margaret River, Perth and Cottesloe and bases a European wine importing business from the Cottesloe location.

As one of Western Australia’s most successful chefs, Kate has written bestselling cooking books with sales in excess of 35 000 and has contributed to various books, magazines and newspapers, including The Weekend Australian and The West Australian. She is an occasional guest presenter on ABC radio.

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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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. 

The 2018 International  Women’s Day Breakfast was held at Crown Towers Perth on Thursday, 8 March 2018. This year's guest speaker was District Court Judge Julie Wager.  

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. On March 15, Judge Wager will take over as President of the Children’s Court of Western Australia.

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. 

Read more about Judge Wager's speech at the 2018 International Women's Day Breakfast.

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Further information

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

Women in Leadership

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