Women's Affairs Minister Mary Wooldridge has encouraged women from across Victoria to consider applying for a scholarship to enhance their board expertise and skills.
Applications open today for the Victorian Women's Governance Scholarship – a joint initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors that will provide 34 women with training in corporate governance through the Company Directors' Course.
With $180,000 funding from the Victorian Coalition Government, the scholarships are available to women who are serving directors of non-profit boards that currently receive state government funding.
"We recognise there is a need for more women on boards," Ms Wooldridge said.
"This course is highly regarded and will enhance the knowledge and skills of participants, making them better directors in their current roles and preparing them for further directorships in the future.
"It will also strengthen the governance of the non-profit boards of which these women are currently directors.
"I strongly encourage all eligible women across the state to consider applying for a women's governance scholarship."
Company Directors' Victorian Division Manager Paul Geyer said it was exciting to have the opportunity to partner with the Victorian Government to make a real mark on board diversity, while bringing better governance to the state's not-for-profit boards.
"These organisations often don't have a lot of funding and rely heavily on the goodwill of the community and volunteers, so it is vital the people sitting on their boards have the necessary knowledge and tools," Mr Geyer said.
Scholarship applications close on 10 February 2012. For further information and application forms, visit: www.companydirectors.com.au/vicwomenscholarships