Increase the pool of women in senior academic and managerial positions in professional and academic areas in the tertiary sector.

Strengthen and augment the pipeline of women for leadership in collaboration with the Universities Australia Executive Women’s network (UAEW).

Address, in a cost-effective manner, the lack of women in leadership and at the same time the gender imbalance in senior academic and managerial positions at a time of public interest and of tertiary sector reform.

Develop an Australia-wide network of women in academic and university leadership, using state-based activities to build the network. The network will connect with other senior academic women as well as other leaders and role models in the public and private sectors for ongoing mutual benefits.

Build research, teaching and administrative leadership skills for individual participants, and thereby enhance the research, teaching and administrative capability of their universities.

Strengthen individual institutions through structured follow-up activities after each program, through networking by program participants with other university women and senior staff.

Contribute directly to the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, which is dedicated to improving gender representation in STEMM disciplines, however WATTLE encompasses all disciplines.