Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards

Improving women’s leadership opportunities is fundamental to gender equality.

We know that Australian women are as equally skilled and educated as their male counterparts, and yet women are still underrepresented on high level boards and decision-making bodies.

This is why the Government is strongly committed to achieving a target of a minimum of 40 per cent women and 40 per cent men on Australian Government boards by 2015 (the remaining 20 per cent can be either women or men).

The Office for Women plays an important role in supporting the Government’s progress towards the gender balance target.

Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards – Information for Portfolios

The Office for Women has developed the Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards – Information for Portfolios document to assist portfolios in developing strategies to achieve the gender balance target.

BoardLinks

BoardLinks is a network that has been established by the Australian Government to form better connections between the Australian Government and women seeking board positions, in particular board ready women seeking their first board appointment. It also provides links to affiliated organisations that are working to assist women to move into leadership roles at the board level. BoardLinks is available at www.boardlinks.gov.au.

Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2011-2012

On 15 November 2012 the Government released the Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2011-2012. This report provides a statistical gender analysis of the composition of Australian Government boards for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012.

Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2010-2011

On 19 April 2012 the Government released the Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2010-2011. This report provides a statistical gender analysis of the composition of Australian Government boards for the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.

Women on Australian Government Boards Report 2009-2010

The Women on Australian Government Boards Report 2009-2010 provides a statistical gender analysis of the composition of Australian Government boards and bodies for the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

Women on Australian Government Boards Report 2008-2009

The Australian Government is committed to promoting and supporting women’s leadership in all aspects of society, including in its appointments to advisory boards and bodies.

Content Updated: 21 November 2012