Kate Palmer

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Kate Palmer AM is a leading Australian sport administrator. She was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in December 2016. Previous to this appointment, she was Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia.[1]

Palmer has been leading figure in netball and Australian sport since the early 1990s. Palmer grew up in Shepparton, Victoria. She played netball for Victoria.[2] Palmer has a Honours Degree in Applied Science from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Masters of Sport Management from Deakin University.[3]

Palmer was the Chief Executive of Netball Victoria from 2000 to 2006.[1][4] In 2007, she was appointed as Chief Executive of Netball Australia and resigned in November 2016.[1][5] In announcing Palmer's appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission, Minister for Sport, Sussan Ley stated "This is the first female appointment to the role in the ASC’s 31 years of operation, which is a significant personal achievement and milestone for Australian sport. Ms Palmer has an exceptional track record and is well placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future of sport in Australia." [1]

Palmer's roles outside netball include: Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport (2010-2016), Trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (2004-2015), Director of the International Netball Federation (2011-2015), Director of TTNL Ltd (ANZ Championship 2008-current), Panel Member of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Advisory Committee (2010-2014), Ambassador of ConnectGV and Director of Australian Commonwealth Games Association (2011).[1]


Palmer was awarded the AIS Sport Performance Awards Leadership Award for 2014 with Damien Marangon.[6]

In the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours Palmer was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her "significant service to sports administration".[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Kate Palmer appointed CEO of the Australian Sports Commission". Australian Sports Commission website. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ Legge, Kate. "Netball has made the broadcasting big league. Is this a new dawn for women's sport?". Weekend Australian. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Kate Palmer". University of the Sunshine Coast website. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ Netball Australia appoints new CEO
  5. ^ "Netball Australia chief executive Kate Palmer steps down after ten years". Netball Australia website. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Rabbitohs, Fearnley, Fox win top ASPAS". Australian Sports Commission News, 11 February 2015. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Kathryn Palmer". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 10 June 2019.