Pathways to Politics
Find practical tools, information and inspiration to help you in your run for public office.
Managing misconduct: A principled response to behavioural misconduct in constitutionally significant workplaces
This report explores the distinctive challenges of responding to sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in parliaments, courts and tribunals, providing guidance on the design of reporting and response processes in these workplaces.
Legal explainer: Asset protection for political candidates
Whether you’re thinking of running for office at a local, state or federal level, there are some important steps to take to ensure that your assets are safeguarded and protected. Arnold Bloch Leibler lawyers explain more in this video.
Celebrating women in leadership: panel discussion
Why does increasing women’s representation in politics matter, and how is Pathways to Politics a part of accelerating this shift? Featuring Carol Schwartz AO, Elizabeth Lee MLA and Gai Brodtmann, hosted by University of Canberra.
Parenting and public life: a panel discussion
How can sitting politicians achieve a family-work balance & break down the barriers that women face in achieving equal representation in politics? A candid panel discussion with Sally Sitou MP (Pathways to Politics alum), Hon Andrew Leigh MP & Elizabeth Lee MLA.
Mentor Match: an interview with Georgie Purcell MP and Cr Jenna Davey-Burns
“For women in politics, no matter where you sit politically, there’s a kind of shared camaraderie and understanding.” Georgie Purcell MP and Cr Jenna Davey-Burns talk to Pathways to Politics about their mentoring relationship.
Mentor match: an interview with Senator Janet Rice and Dr Judy Tang
“Even though I have a lot of things on my plate after every conversation with Janet, I suddenly have more energy to add more plates!” Senator Janet Rice and Dr Judy Tang talk to Pathways to Politics about their mentoring relationship.
Victorian election: the tide is changing with women on the run
Ahead of the 2022 Victorian election, Dr Lisa Carson analyses the current state of play and what lessons have been learned since the last Victorian state and federal elections, including the impact of targeted programs like Pathways to Politics making strides towards greater diversity.
Women represent: power, politics and making a difference
Victorian Women’s Trust panel discussion about the power women hold in office and the ways in which women lead – featuring Fiona Patten MP, the Hon. Judith Troeth, Samantha Ratnam, the Hon. Jenny Macklin and Ramona Vijeyarasa.
Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech: 10 years on – with Mary Beard
Ten years on, Julia Gillard’s “misogyny speech” continues to inspire and challenge people to call out sexism and misogyny. In conversation with Professor Mary Beard, Julia Gillard explores the legacy of the speech and talks what comes next in the fight for equality.
Podcast: Ms Represented with Annabel Crabb and Steph Tisdell
Journalist Annabel Crabb and comedian Steph Tisdell chart the rise of female politicians in Australian politics and the unbelievable things they got up to along the way in this 6 episode ABC podcast.
Podcast: A Podcast of One’s Own with Julia Gillard
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard presents a podcast featuring discussions with well-known female leaders from the worlds of politics and more, including Annabel Crabb, Helen Clark, Theresa May, Dr Ngozi Okonjo and Jenny Macklin.
Recommendations for your pathway to politics: Debbie Taylor-Haynes
University of Melbourne Pathways to Politics alum and Liberal Candidate for Bentleigh Debbie Taylor-Haynes gives her recommendations for content to set you on your pathway to politics.
Inquiry into economic equity for Victorian women: final report
The 2022 final report from the Inquiry into Economic Equity for Victorian Women contains 31 recommendations focusing on changes that will have the most significant impact on Victorian women’s economic equity.
Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2022
This 2022 report from UN Women presents the latest evidence on gender equality across 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 – emphasising the long road ahead to achieve gender equality.
The Woman President: a conversation with Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa
Do women leaders lead differently? And are women leaders necessarily better for women? Carol Schwartz talks to Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa about Ramona’s new book, The Woman President: Leadership, Law and Legacy for Women Based on Experiences from South and Southeast Asia.
A Digital Resilience Toolkit for Women in Politics – #ShePersisted
This digital resilience toolkit by #ShePersisted brings together existing resources for digital security and tactics for preventing and handling the online harms most commonly experienced by women leaders online.
Sharing the load: why can’t two people represent an electorate?
Job sharing has worked well in many other areas of employment, so why not consider it for members of parliament? In this 2020 article from Broad Agenda, Professor Kim Rubenstein puts forward the case for shared representation.
Can there be a different kind of politics?
How will the new government deliver on its promises? Sydney Ideas presents an in conversation with Sally Sitou, Member for Reid and alum of UNSW’s Pathways to Politics program; Kylea Tink, Member for North Sydney; Constitutional reform expert Anne Twomey; and political theorist Tim Soutphommasane.
The U.S. in search of gender equity: Policy lessons from around the world
This 2022 report from the International Center for Research on Women provides evidence that women’s participation in politics is key to forming effective gender equity policies that improve socio-political, economic, educational and health outcomes for all.
The 2022 federal election and the future of Australian politics
Are voters purposefully moving away from the two major parties, and is this a turning point in the future of Australian politics? Andrea Carson, Cathy McGowan AO and Dr Nick Barry discuss.
Kitchen table conversations: A guide for sustaining our democratic culture
Free, downloadable guide from the Victorian Women’s Trust – how to run a ‘kitchen table conversation’ to engage and organise around the issues that affect your community.
Gender-responsive policy, budgets and legislation: Why it matters and what needs to change
A special Pathways to Politics conversation with Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa and Dr Leonora Risse unpacking missing diverse women’s perspectives and the impact on critical decisions being made for our nation.
Vote for women: panel discussion
Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, author and former Liberal turned Independent MP Julia Banks, and 2022 Independent candidate and Pathways to Politics alum Georgia Steele discuss the future of equal representation in Australian politics.
Represent us: Plan International report
What are the key barriers to young women entering politics? This report from PLAN International Australia draws on surveys of 1000+ young women aged 18-24 to gauge their views on the culture and diversity of representation in Australian politics.
The missing women of Australian politics: How violence against women creates barriers to female representation
This report examines the impact that violence against women in politics has had on the progress of women’s political leadership in Australia and makes recommendations to reduce the prevalence of abuse and harassment against women in politics.
Australian Indigenous women and political leadership: a conversation with Michelle Deshong, Dr Michelle Evans and Kat Henaway
Three remarkable advocates and change makers in conversation about the political participation of Indigenous women in Australia, initiatives designed to support Indigenous leadership, and their advice for Indigenous women who are thinking about running for elected office.
Get Elected by Ruth McGowan
Disillusioned with politics? Run for office and Get Elected! Pathways alum Ruth McGowan’s step-by-step campaign guide to winning public office (local, state, and federal) is available for free download exclusively through Pathways to Politics.
Representing care: toward a more family-friendly parliament
Instituting structural reforms to allow Parliament to accommodate those with caring responsibilities is crucial to ensuring that Australia can achieve a gender equal Parliament. This report proposes five amendments to make Parliament more ‘care-friendly’ and accessible.
Politics in Colour
Politics in Colour aims to amplify diversity in politics. They provide workshops and training to assist diverse Australians considering a career in politics and address the challenges facing people from under-served communities.
Recommendations for your pathway to politics: Cathrine Burnett-Wake
University of Melbourne Pathways to Politics alum and Member of the Legislative Council for Eastern Victoria Cathrine Burnett-Wake gives her recommendations for content to set you on your pathway to politics.
Program helps inspire Leigh on her pathway to politics
QUT Pathways to Politics alum Leigh McReady shares her rich learnings from the program which have paved her way to take on a significant leadership role in the LNP and to make a difference as a party leader and future politician.
Gender equality in a generation? Achieving change by legislating with women in mind
Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa proposes that we can help correct gender inequality through the law by courageously stepping away from neutrality and using the law to help transform decades of discrimination.
Yajilarra nhingi, mindija warrma: from dreams, let’s make it reality
Informed by over 2,000 First Nations women and girls, Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) is a once in a generation Report, providing a well overdue gender-lens across all aspects of life, showing that women are doing the backbone work of society.
Parliament as a gendered workplace
Making the Australian Parliament a safe place for women to work is essential to creating a gender-equal parliament. In 2021, the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and the Australian Political Studies Association brought together a coalition of political leaders and researchers to develop solutions addressing systemic misogyny, racism and sexual harassment in Parliament House.
Global gender gap report 2021
Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
To improve gender equality in local government by increasing the number of elected women councillors
In 2018, Churchill Fellow Coral Ross travelled to the US, Canada, England, Sweden and Germany to investigate the structural and cultural barriers to electing more women to local government, and the programs that have been established to support more women to stand for office.
When women take part in politics: a conversation with Prof Rosie Campbell
A special Pathways to Politics conversation with Professor Rosie Campbell, Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, unpacking recent research on the impact of gender on democracy.
Women, politics and boy’s clubs: when women get organised, watch out
Guardian Australia article about Pathways to Politics and other programs around the country aiming to get more women elected and create a more representative parliament. By Sally Dillon, alum of QUT’s Pathways to Politics program.
Set the standard: report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces
This report presents findings and recommendations to ensure that Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces are safe, respectful, and reflect best practice in the prevention and handling of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
A truly representative democracy: increasing the representation of Indigenous and culturally diverse women in Australian politics
This report by Pathways to Politics alum Stephanie Milione for EMILY’s List Australia explores the challenges and opportunities female candidates face and how they can best be supported.
Councillor Vonda Malone: McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year 2017
Proud Torres Strait Islander Cr Vonda Malone hopes the recognition she has received as McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year (2017) will encourage both women and Indigenous representatives from remote communities to come forward to represent their communities in the political arena.
The missing cohort: women in local government
Andrea Carson, Gosia Mikolajczak and Leah Ruppanner’s research reveals a positive story about women’s electability – despite fewer women running for local government office, their success rate is higher than men’s. However, the data also shows a missing cohort of younger women.