Pathways to Politics Program for Women

The University of Adelaide Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a proudly non-partisan initiative that aims to change the face of politics by equipping women with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and networks they need to run for elected office and thrive as political leaders.

An initiative of the Trawalla Foundation, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, and the University of Melbourne, our program is a part of a national Pathways to Politics partnership that seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in Australian politics. 

Pathways to Politics brings together significant expertise and experience from across Australia’s political spectrum. We will provide you with networking opportunities and practical training that emphasises ethics in leadership.

The program comprises six host universities including the University of Adelaide. It is offered free to selected participants.

“Pathways to Politics doesn’t just bewail the undersupply of women in public office: it takes practical steps to address the problem, equipping women with the skills and confidence to get involved….It’s an invaluable down-payment on a better kind of politics.“Annabel Crabb

Program details 

  • About the program

    The program has a practical, experiential format that supports your active participation through workshops, case studies, networking opportunities, panel discussions and Q&As with high-profile guest presenters from across the political spectrum, including politicians, journalists, analysts, advisors and strategists.

    Modules cover topics such as political vision, campaign planning, media training, speech-writing and leadership skills.

  • How does the program run?

    The University of Adelaide Pathways to Politics program consists of ten sessions from August to October:

    • three full days face-to-face
    • seven online sessions after hours 
  • Diversity and inclusion

    We are committed to diversity and to supporting a strong and inclusive cohort culture to equip you with the skills, knowledge, confidence and networks to run for elected office. You will become part of a large, supportive network of diverse and highly motivated women from a range of political, professional, and cultural backgrounds, all dedicated to making a tangible difference to the political landscape.

  • Who can apply?

    The Pathways to Politics program at the University of Adelaide is open to female-identifying and non-binary people who are residents of South Australia.

Hear from past participants

Founding partner logos - Women's Leadership Institute, Trawalla Foundation, The University of Melbourne; University partner logos - The University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology, The University of New South Wales, Charles Darwin University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Canberra