Gender balance on Australian government boards: report 2019-20

A report on the gender composition of Australian government boards
Gender equity Government business activity Governance Women in leadership Australia

The Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report, prepared annually by the Australian Government Office for Women, outlines performance against the Australian Government’s target for gender balance on Australian Government boards.

The Government is committed to a target of women holding 50 per cent of Government board positions overall, and men and women each holding at least 40 per cent of positions on individual boards. This target was introduced on 1 July 2016, and replaced the previous gender diversity target of women holding 40 per cent of Australian Government board positions overall.

Since the 2018-19 report, there has been positive progress:

  • As at 30 June 2020, women held 48.5 per cent across all Government board appointments, an increase of 0.6 percentage points from 30 June 2019.
  • As at 30 June 2020, women held 36.9 per cent of Chair and Deputy Chair positions across Australian Government boards, an increase of 1.9 percentage points since 30 June 2019.
  • In 2019-20, 49.2 per cent of people nominated for Government board positions by external organisations were women, up 14.8 percentage points from 34.4 per cent in 2018-19.
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