Questions doping past of Cycling Australia ... Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy.

Minister for Sport Kate Lundy.

Australian sports codes would achieve better results and be better run if they increased the number of women on their boards, according to Sports Minister Kate Lundy.

With the governance of sport under increasing scrutiny, Senator Lundy will link successful administration with female board representation in a speech to be delivered on Wednesday night.

''Good governance, increasing participation and strong sporting performance go hand-in-hand,'' she will say, and as the corporate world had long understood, good governance required ''substantial presence of women on boards''.

Figures compiled by the Australian Sports Commission show that of the 58 sports funded by the commission, six have no female board members and 26 have just one.

The commission has already met a federal government requirement to have 40 per cent of board positions occupied by women.

Senator Lundy says it will now require more women on the boards of all sports that benefit from its $100 million a year in funding.

Only 10 of the 58 sports listed now meet that guideline. Fencing, karate, volleyball, motor sport, judo and motorcycling have no female board members. Rugby league and cycling each have one woman on seven-member boards, rugby union and cricket have one woman on eight-member boards and Swimming Australia has two female board members out of six.

''The corporate, community, public and private sectors all recognise that best-practice governance cannot be achieved without the substantial presence of women on boards,'' Senator Lundy says in her speech prepared for the Centenary of Canberra Sports Women's Ball.

''This is all about recognising that good governance, increasing participation and strong sporting performance go hand-in-hand,'' she says. ''And, in this way, I can account for the effective expenditure of taxpayer's money in our national sporting system.''

''Many sports have already realised this. They have looked at the evidence and acted. Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia and the Australian Rugby Union appointed women to their boards in 2012 and Hockey Australia, which has for a long time led the way, appointed a further two women to their board earlier this year.''

Follow the National Times on Twitter