Boardroom Diversity Index

The WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI) was launched on International Women's Day in March 2010. It is most comprehensive publicly available data measuring female participation on the boards of organisations in the sectors listed below. The index components were selected because of their economic and social importance. The scarcity of women directors is a key aspect of the wider economic disadvantage experienced by women in the Australian workforce. In publishing the Boardroom Diversity Index, Women on Boards is seeking to alter the perspective of 'it just takes time' and provide practical strategies and resources for willing Chairmen and their advisers to improve female participation on boards.

2015 Results

Superannuation, Sport, the ASX100 and Cooperative Research Centres are the only areas where gains of more than five per cent in the number of women on boards have been made since 2013. Encouraging trends in all areas – except the Federal, Queensland and Western Australian Governments.
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Sectors measured by the BDI

(Click the link to take you to the latest data for the sector. Scroll down for previous years.) 

Summary Data

 Sector

2015

2013 

 2012

 2011

 2010

ASX01-200  19.9   15.8  13.9 10.9   8.7
ASX201-300 13.4 NA  7.6  NA  NA
Affordable Housing 39.6  NA NA NA  NA 
Cooperative Research Centres 24.2  17.1  18.2 18.3   17.3
Government_Federal (top by remuneration) * 38.5  39.3   35.9 31.0  30.4
Government_Federal (portfolio boards) **  39.7   41.7 38.4  NA  NA 
NSW: Government Owned Corporations 31.4  24.2 20.7   23.7 24.4 
Qld: Government Owned Corporations 21.8   35.4 38.4  36.0 32.0 
SA: Government Owned Corporations  48.8   48.9 49.1  47.4 45.3 
Tas: Government Owned Corporations  28.6 25.6  25.0   28.1 NA 
Vic: Government Owned Corporations  35.6 32.8  33.0  40.0 NA
WA: Government Owned Corporations 25.9 29.1  23.1   27.8  NA

Health Funds
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24.7  24.2  24.1   NA  NA
National Sporting Organisations 30.5  24.4 23.4 22.7 26.5
Research and Development Corporations 21.7  23.7  21.1   22.5 22.4 
Superannuation Trustees 26.5 20.9  21.8   20.4 19.4 
University Governing Bodies 34.7 NA  NA NA NA
Research and Development Corporations  21.7 23.7 21.1 22.5 22.4
Superannuation Trustees 26.0
20.9 20.9 20.4

19.4

* This includes all boards and committees remunerated by annual fee as per the 2014/08 ‘Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Part-Time Public Office’. 

** The 2014 Australian Government Gender Balance on Boards Report (not compiled by WoB) showed the number of female board members down by two per cent on the previous year across 387 government boards. Click here for details.

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