The Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report is prepared annually by the Australian Government Of ce for Women, and reports on the Government’s performance against its gender diversity target.
On 1 July 2016, the Government’s new 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, came into effect. This new target replaced the previous gender diversity target of women holding 40 per cent of Australian Government board positions overall.
As at 30 June 2017, women held 42.7 per cent of Australian Government board positions. This is the highest outcome since public reporting on the gender balance of Government boards began in 2010-11.
As at 30 June 2017, there were 337 boards with a total of 2,508 members. Of these, 1,072 board members (42.7 per cent) were women. This compares to 30 June 2016, when there were 332 boards with a total of 2,351 members, 953 (40.5 per cent) of whom were women.
Of the 729 new appointments across Government made in 2016-17, 46.2 per cent of appointees were women. As at 30 June 2017, women comprised over 50 per cent of new appointments made by seven of the 18 portfolios.