Coalition meets target for women on Government boards

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  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister for Women
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Senator for Western Australia

The Turnbull Government today released the Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2015-16, which shows the Coalition has achieved its target for getting more women onto government boards.

Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the proportion of female board directors has increased from 39.1 per cent at 30 June 2015 to 40.5 per cent at 30 June 2016, exceeding the 40 per cent target for 2015-16.

“The report shows that a concerted effort by Government to increase female representation on government boards is translating into meaningful results,” Minister Cash said.

Women comprised 46.5 per cent of new appointees over 2015-16, up 8 per cent from 2014-15. Encouragingly, the report also showed the number of women holding Chair and Deputy Chair positions has risen to 32 per cent.

Minister Cash said she was pleased with the report’s outcomes but stressed the Government’s efforts to increase female representation on boards was set to continue in earnest.

On International Women’s Day this year the Turnbull Government announced an ambitious new target of women holding 50 per cent of Government board positions overall, with men and women each holding at least 40 per cent of positions on individual boards.

“While we are pleased to have exceeded our target, the Government is not complacent. We have now set a new more ambitious overall target of 50 per cent,” Minister Cash said.

“This is the most ambitious target the Government has ever set.”

The Government today also launched a revamped Boardlinks website to make it more streamlined and user friendly.

“This new website will mean candidates interested in applying for a Government board position can now create and update their individual profiles, enabling decision makers to access the most up-to-date information and find the best candidate for the position,” Minister Cash said.

“We want to make it as straightforward as possible to find suitably qualified women so we can continue to increase female representation on Government boards.”

“While we are pleased with the progress outlined in today’s report, the Government is implementing improvements to the way we identify and appoint women to ensure this progress continues.”

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