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Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program

The 2023-24 Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program supports women to access professional development opportunities to develop and strengthen specialist skills necessary to their roles in the sport and active recreation sector, placing them in the best position to obtain and thrive in leadership roles.

Important dates

Open: 31 July 2023

Close: 28 August 2023


In 2023-24, the application process will depend on the stream being applied for. Some streams require applications to be submitted by an organisation, whereas other streams can be submitted by an individual.

Please refer to Section 2 – Eligibility in the Program guidelines for the full eligibility criteria for each funding stream.

Funding Streams

The Program offers four streams:


Candidate Eligibility

Program Offering

Application submitted by


Women with less than 5 years’ paid experience in the workforce


Women who are returning or have recently returned to work* following a career break (e.g. parental leave).

Grants of up to $5,000 for specialist skill development specific to their paid role in the sector.

Eligible applicant (organisation)

Next Generation Leaders

Women with more than 5 years’ paid experience in the workforce with aspirations to be a senior executive leader in the sport and active recreation sector, such as a CEO.

Access to a series of one-on-one and small group sessions with a leading career coach to identify and hone the pathway, skills and techniques required to become a CEO or senior executive leader.

Eligible applicant (individual Candidate)


Women with more than 10 years’ paid experience in the workforce, who hold a CEO position or currently report to a CEO.

Grants of up to $10,000 for development in technical skill areas such as strategy, negotiation, change management, accounting and finance.

Eligible applicant (organisation)


New or aspiring women directors in sport and active recreation seeking to strengthen their understanding of governance processes.

Specific details to be confirmed post-finalisation of procurement process.

Eligible applicant (individual Candidate)

Application process

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Check the detailed information contained in the guidelines to see if you are eligible.

Step 2: Apply online using Grants Online

The link to apply online can be found on the Change Our Game website.

Make sure you have the information you need on hand to submit your application, including answers to the application questions and any supporting documents you wish to attach. Applicants are encouraged to work closely with candidates and allow sufficient time when applying online as the system will not allow you to progress once applications close.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare responses to the application questions in a separate document to avoid loss of content in the event of technical issues.

You will receive confirmation of your application number when you apply online. Please quote your application number in all correspondence relating to your application.

If you need assistance with applying online, please email the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation on any weekday between 9 am and 5 pm AEST (except for public holidays) at

Apply now

To apply visit the Change Our Game website.

Program area and assistance

For preliminary information on this program please contact the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation at

Page last updated: 12 Jul 2024
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