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.
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|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|
|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|
|University Governing Bodies||34.7||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|Research and Development Corporations ||21.7||23.7||21.1||22.5||22.4|
* 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.