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 5 August 2013 the Government released the Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2012–2013. This report provides a statistical gender analysis of the composition of Australian Government boards for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
As at 30 June 2013, women held 41.7 per cent of Government board appointments. This is up from 38.4 per cent in 2012, and exceeds the target set by the Government in 2010 of a minimum of 40 per cent women on Australian Government Boards by 2015.
Over the 2012-2013 financial year women were appointed to 47.6 per cent of the 1069 new board appointments, demonstrating the concerted effort of portfolios to improving the representation of women on their boards.