Fifty percent

50% should be the norm, not an exception

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that women will make up at least half of all future appointments to paid government board and court positions in the state moving forward.

It's an important policy that will boost women's representation in key decision-making bodies, and it has already received bi-partisan support, with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy saying it "should also be looked at for non-paying boards as well".1

It's a fantastic commitment; and it should be the norm, not the exception. It's time this policy was adopted across all Australian states and territories. Can you join the call for the other Premiers and Chief Ministers to make the same commitment?

More information

As of January 2015:2

  • 31.4% of NSW government corporation board directors were women
  • 21.8% of Qld government corporation board directors were women (down 13.6% from 2013)
  • 28.6% of Tasmanian government corporation board directors were women
  • 25.9% of West Australian government corporation board directors were women (down 3.2% from 2013)
  • 48.8% of South Australian government corporation board directors were women

References

1. Women guaranteed at least 50% of jobs on Victorian government boards, The Guardian, 28 March 2015.  

2. Women on Boards 2015 data, January 2015.

1,016 SIGNATURES SO FAR

To the Premiers and Chief Ministers of Australia,

Equal representation of women in decision-making roles should be the norm, not the exception.

We urge you to match the Victorian Government's commitment and ensure women make up at least half of all future appointments to paid government board and court positions in your state or territory.

Signed,

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Peta , 3066  /  signed 2017-03-30 21:12:38 +1100
"There are women qualified to fill leadership and advisory positions in every state and territory of Australia"
Jon , 3058  /  signed 2015-09-15 09:41:06 +1000
Tamsin , 3101  /  signed 2015-06-12 03:44:55 +1000
Val , 3222  /  signed 2015-05-22 12:50:08 +1000
Suzanne , 2605  /  signed 2015-05-17 19:35:43 +1000
Angelika , 2024  /  signed 2015-05-15 20:02:54 +1000
Sarah , 3429  /  signed 2015-05-11 21:06:16 +1000
Jacqueline , 2206  /  signed 2015-05-01 10:55:39 +1000
Prudence , 2230  /  signed 2015-04-20 13:51:20 +1000
"This important initiative strives to redress structural inequality by placing women in leadership positions, and I hope COAG learns from Victoria’s example."
amanda , 3142  /  signed 2015-04-19 23:12:57 +1000
"How could any other objective be fair?"
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