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Gender balance on Australian government boards: report 2021-22

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

This report, prepared annually by the Office for Women, outlines performance against the Australian Government’s target for gender balance on Australian Government Boards.

On 1 July 2016, the Government 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 replaced the previous gender diversity target of women holding 40 per cent of Australian Government Board positions overall.

In the 2021-22 Financial Year, the Australian Government has met its target of women holding 50 per cent of Government board positions. At 30 June 2022, women held 51.4 per cent across all Government board appointments, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from 30 June 2021.

Since the 2020-21 report, there has also been positive progress across other metrics:

  • As at 30 June 2022, women held 41 per cent of Chair and Deputy Chair positions across Australian Government Boards, an increase of 1.9 percentage points since 30 June 2021.
  • As at 30 June 2022, women made up 54.4 per cent of new appointments to Australian Government board positions, an increase of 2.2 percentage points since 30 June 2021.
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