Our Impact

Established in 2015, the Pathways to Politics Program for Women has already achieved significant outcomes. In only five years, the Pathways to Politics Program for Women has created meaningful pathways to electoral success:

Program alumnae elected to state government

Program alumnae elected to federal government

Program alumnae elected to local government

Many others have stood for election and pre-selection.

Testimonials from Program participants and presenters

"Life changing. Thank you for giving me the confidence to do this and run."
- Program Participant 

"What a SENSATIONAL program - a gift, an honour to participate, flawless execution, intellectually stimulating, wonderfully organised, inspiring and life changing!"
- Program Participant  

"This program really has changed my life. I started off feeling so unworthy but now I feel confident, capable, valued and supported. This is a truly marvellous program. Thank you so much for making it happen."
- Program Participant 

"It made such a difference to have incredible women from across the political spectrum, encouraging and supporting me all the way with skills, development and knowledge. This Program is crucial – more women in parliament better reflects our community’s values and experiences.
- Juliana Addison, Member for Wendouree and successful Program alumna

"The Program provided skills and expertise I didn’t know I needed. It provided a network of support that was incredibly encouraging. Women say, “I can do that”, when they see other women have."
- Dr Katie Allen, Member for Higgins and successful Program alumna

"We talk a lot about getting more women to run for public office but unless we equip them with the skills they need to nominate and win, it’s never going to change. And to be honest, the talk has gone on for long enough. This is the Program that makes change happen."
- Peta Credlin, Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

"The Program brings together women with different beliefs, but a shared passion to use government policy to improve Australia. It’s been a privilege to see their skills and determination flourish through the Program."
- John Daly, Former CEO Grattan Institute

"Women are standing up and driving change around the world. From the #MeToo movement to action on climate change, women are at the forefront and leading the way. The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is so important to support and encourage women entering politics, and to continue to elevate their voices in our parliament. I am proud to support this great initiative."
- Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

"The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is an extraordinary Program, playing a critical role in helping achieve gender equity in our parliaments. It gives women a set of tools and insights that are invaluable in pursuing elected office."
- Ben Hubbard, Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Julia Gillard

"The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a great initiative enabling women to rise to the opportunity to lead in politics and to address the gender equity gap in political representation across our nation."
- Cr Vonda Malone, Mayor, Torres Strait Shire

"The Pathways to Politics Program is a great opportunity for women thinking about a role in public life to be part of a unique and immersive experience through which they gain new skills, knowledge and develop confidence."
- Samantha Ratnam, Parliamentary Leader, Victorian Greens

The Pathways to Politics Program for Women acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.