500 Women in Property is an initiative of the Property Council’s Diversity Committees throughout Australia and is a sponsorship program. It involves a personal commitment from Property Council Members (women and men) to identify and champion women in their organisation or business sphere, who they believe would benefit from further networking and professional development opportunities.

Our aspiration target when we launched the initiative in 2016 was for 100 Women in Property to be sponsored in the program each year to achieve a significant and sustainable increase in the number of women in senior leadership positions in the property industry and a pipeline of future leaders. The response to the program has been overwhelming. In our first year, 260 women participants and 260 sponsors participated in the program. The following year the cohort grew to 500 participants and 500 sponsors. Consequently, the initiative was rebranded to 500 Women in Property.

The ongoing success of the program relies on the personal commitment of the sponsors as well as the participants to actively engage in the opportunities on offer.

The situation around the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is evolving very quickly. The health and wellbeing of our members, staff and industry colleagues is our top priority, while also keeping a very clear focus on how we continue to support our members during this unprecedented period.

All launch events for the 500 Women in Property program previously scheduled for the end of this month are now cancelled. We are exploring opportunities to connect and share information through digital channels and will keep you informed.

We acknowledge that the suspension of face-to-face events and committee meetings impacts the experience participants and sponsors will have on the program. Therefore we are extending the current program over two years. This means participants and sponsors will still have the opportunity to attend networking events and committee meetings in the second half of 2020 and 2021.

We are committed to building a terrific program and look forward to adding to our communication and networking channels. Thank you for your ongoing support.

If you have an additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in reaching out to our National Diversity Programs Manager, Chloe Philp at 500womeninproperty@propertycouncil.com.au