The Australian Government is committed to achieving a target of at least 40 per cent women and 40 per cent men on Australian Government boards by 2015. 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.
As at 30 June 2012, women held 38.4 per cent of Government board appointments. This is up from 35.3 per cent in 2011, demonstrating sound progress towards the 40 per cent gender balance target.
Over the 2011-2012 financial year, 41.0 per cent of the 1633 new board appointments were awarded to women, demonstrating the concerted effort of portfolios to improving the representation of women on their boards.