What is 500 Women in Property program?

The 500 Women in Property is an initiative of the Property Council’s Diversity Committees throughout Australia.

It involves a personal commitment from Property Council members to champion women in their organisation or business sphere who they believe would benefit from further networking, profiling and professional development opportunities.

500 Women in Property is sponsor-driven and not a mentoring program.

The program runs form March through to December each year. It will include: exclusive 500 Women in Property networking events, the opportunity to observe a Property Council committee meeting and, opportunity for the sponsor to host their participant at a range of events during the year. Further profiling opportunities are encouraged as determined by each sponsor and their participant.   


What is the difference between a Sponsor Program versus a Mentor Program?

The 500 Women in Property is a sponsor driven program.

Mentors and sponsors serve different purposes, but their end goal is the same; to support you in achieving your goals.

Sponsors are people who will advocate for you in the workplace, champion your skills and success and help to build your network and profile. Playing a slightly different role, a mentor is a source of guidance and advice. Both are important in maximising career growth, but sponsors act where mentors usually advise.

The program is most successful when sponsors select participants and are proactive champions


Can I be involved if I am not a Property Council member company employee?

The program is open exclusively to Property Council members. Please check that your company is a financial member before nominating for the program. Check your membership status here.

If your organisation is interested in Property Council membership, please contact your local Division.


What is involved in the 500 Women in Property program?

The 500 Women in Property program seeks a commitment from sponsors to host their participant at a Property Council event on at least two occasions during the program and provide them with event coaching. This enables increased experience in networking and industry knowledge. Participants work with their sponsors to identify which events would be of most interest/relevance early in the program. 

Furthermore, the Property Council organises exclusive networking events for 500 Women in Property participants in their respective states to provide additional opportunities. 

Networking launch events take place in each Division during March. The events include a briefing and Q&A session. It’s important that sponsors and participants attend this event. Wrap-up networking sessions will also take place to close the between October - December. You are recommended to also attend this event.

Participants will also have an opportunity to attend one committee meeting in their State with preferences to be identified in the nomination form. 

Sponsors and their participants are encouraged to arrange two meetings (minimum) during the program to discuss goals, professional development planning and potentially agree on other bespoke opportunities that can be developed between each sponsor/participant pair.


What is the profile of a sponsor?

Sponsors in the 500 Women in Property program can be male or female.

A sponsor can also champion more than one participant if they wish. Sponsors are traditionally more experienced in their careers and able to shape and influence discussions, hence the value of their experience in pairing with a high potential, future leader in their organisation or business sphere. Through participant feedback we also suggest that the ideal sponsor is possibly not the participant’s direct manager. We encourage former participants of the program to become sponsors the following year.


How much does it cost to participate in the 500 Women in Property?

The program is for the benefit of Property Council members and is free to participate thanks to the generous support of national sponsor The GPT Group. 


When can I apply?

Nominations for the program open each year in early February via our main 500 Women in Property page. Nominations are only open for a strict 2 week period and no late nominations are accepted.

All program dates regarding the nomination phase and key events can be found from the key events page.

What will I require to nominate?

Before going online to nominate, in either the whole-of-company or individual nomination form, please ensure you have all information including:


  • A 150 word bio about yourself, as the participant
  • A professional, high res Black and White photo of yourself (size 135px by 135px)
  • Up to 250 words on what you hope to achieve in the program and what your personal commitments will be. Note: this information is not published
  • A key benefit of the program is the opportunity to observe a committee meeting in your selected Division. You will be asked your first and second committee preference


  • The details of your sponsor
  • 250 words on what your sponsor hopes to achieve in the program and what their personal commitments will be. Note: this information is not published.


When will I know if my nomination is successful?

Participants and sponsors will be communicated with in early March and provided the opportunity to check profile details on our website before the page goes live. The program will officially launch each year to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8thMarch. Individual welcome launch events will be held in each State/territory during March. Refer to “Key Dates” page for details.


Which States/Territories are participating in the 500 Women in Property program?

The program is a national one and supported by our six Diversity committees located in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA and ACT.

If you are a 500 Women in Property participant or sponsor from the NT, you are welcome to attend the events hosted in SA.


How long does the Program run?

The program commences in March each year and runs through until December. There will be a series of 500 Women in Property networking events held in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS and ACT for participants and sponsors at no cost to attendees.


How many committee meetings can I attend during the program?

Due to the high number of women participating in the program we have allowed for each participant to attend one committee meeting during the program. During the nomination process you will need to specify your preferred committee meeting to attend and be as flexible as possible in order that we can schedule all participants during the year. Committee meetings are generally held once per month and run for approximately one hour. You will be notified of your committee meeting date and time within a month of the program commencing and, where possible, you will have the opportunity to observe the meeting with another participant.


Where can I learn more about Property Council?

The Property Council champions the interests of more than 2,300 member companies that represent the full spectrum of the industry, including those who invest, own, manage and develop in all sectors of property, creating landmark projects and environments where people live, work, rest, shop and play. Find out more at www.propertycouncil.com.au


What if I have further questions?

Contact the Property Council staff member in your local Division:

National Diversity and Program Manager - Chloe Philp - 500womeninproperty@propertycouncil.com.au