What is 500 Women in Property program?
The rebranded 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.
The Property Council launched the program in April 2016 initially targeting 100 women and 100 sponsors. The exceptional demand for a sponsorship program in the property industry resulted in a first year intake of 260 participants, doubling to over 500 sponsors and 500 participants in 2017.
In 2018 a cap of 500 participants and 500 sponsors will be implemented and the program was consequently rebranded in recognition of the expanded success and aspirations.
The 2018 program will officially launch on International Women’s Day, 8th March, and run through until December. The 2018 program 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 verses 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.
Why is it called 500 Women in Property?
500 Women in Property is an initiative that harnesses the personal commitment of people across our industry to increase diversity and focuses on growing our talent pipeline of women.
We know diversity delivers better thinking, richer discussions and stronger outcomes. The business case is compelling and the issue is bigger than any one organisation. It requires our collective commitment and action.
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 Division at the bottom of this page.
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 program in November. 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 in 2018.
How much does it cost to participate in the 500 Women in Property in 2018?
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 open on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 8.30am (AEST) for a two week period. The nomination form will be accessible via our dedicated website. Nominations will close on Wednesday 21st February at 5pm AWST (5pm WA, 7pm QLD, 7.30pm SA, 8pm NSW/ACT/VIC). Late nominations will not be accepted.
What will I require to nominate?
Before going online to nominate 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. This will be a brief opportunity as the program will officially launch on International Women’s Day on 8th March. Individual welcome launch events will be held in each state during March. Refer to “Key Dates” page for details.
Which states 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 or Tasmania, you are welcome to attend the events hosted in WA and VIC respectively.
How long does the Program run?
The program will commence in March 2018 and run through until December 2018. There will be approximately 3-4 dedicated 500 Women in Property networking events held in NSW, VIC, QLD SA, WA 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 state:
NSW – Katie Hickel
VIC – Allyse Wafer
QLD – Jen Williams
WA – Graham Richards
SA – Torie Brown
ACT – Patrick Morgan
National Diversity Program Manager - Chrissie Clarke