Resources Centre


Access to high quality articles to support your career in the boardroom. Includes how to write a board-ready CV and cover-letter and what to consider when applying for NED roles.  

Articles and Information

Everyone needs access to good resources to make the most of opportunities that arise. Women on Boards has developed the following suite of offerings based on the many inquiries we have received from subscribers over the years. 

Boardroom Diversity Index

The WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI) was launched on International Women's Day in March 2010. It is the most comprehensive publicly available data measuring female participation on the boards of Australian 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 eco-nomic 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.

Affordable Housing Bodies

Board composition of housing bodies within the community housing sector, not-for-profit providers of housing for people on low to moderate incomes. Gathered from lists of housing bodies from the Community Housing Association of Australia and State based Housing Associations where available.

Superannuation & Financial Services | Click to Register

For those with an interest in / suitable skillset for board and committee roles in the ever growing financial services sector (banks, mutuals, credit unions, insurance companies, superannuation). 

10 Questions for your Insurance Broker

The 10 questions Non-Executive-Directors should ask their insurance broker or insurer when seeking coverage for Director's and Officers Liability / Management Liability. Provided courtesy of AON.

What Do You Pay Your Non-Executive Directors?

WOB board member, Mary Sue Rogers, is a member of the INSEAD International Directors Programme (IDP) Alumni, and has the opportunity to attend many excellent networking and educational events.  In May INSEAD hosted a webinar with Bill Reilly and Simon Patterson who are senior team members at Pearl Meyer, a consulting firm that specialises in executive compensation.  Pearl Meyer has been conducting compensation surveys for over 18 years on behalf of the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) in the USA making them one of the “go-to” firms for compensation advice.

ASX 100

Comprises the 100 largest stocks by market capitalisation in Australia.

Career Development

Our articles on career development provide key strategic insights along with useful tips and information on career and leadership strategies. 

Board CV Development

Women on Boards works with a small often boutique range of small companies or individuals who provide niche services in areas we have identified as important to Women on Boards subscribers. We will only refer and recommend people and companies with whom we work or have seen in action at a course or event.

‚ÄčOur most popular request is for personal assistance with your CV. 

Committees and Coalitions

Women on Boards works with a range of organisations and informal groups to maximise its contribution to policy development.

Board Evaluation

A free trial of a board evaluation service that provides you with great access to a wide range of governance tools.

Director Insurance

Ensure peace of mind with this top-up individual Directors' & Officers' Liability Insurance policy.

Gender Balance in Global Sport

In 2014 Women on Boards authored the inaugural Gender Balance in Global Sport Report, which was subsequently updated in 2014. 

ASX 200

Comprises the 200 largest stocks by market capitalisation in Australia.

I would like to get a Non-Executive Director role 

By: Mary-Sue Rogers, WOB Non-Executive-Director
I have recently been to several networking events that focused on “how do I get on to a board as a non-executive”?  The supply of individuals, with significant experience and qualifications, outstrips the demand for non-executive directors (NED) especially at the listed company end of the market.  And the challenge for talented women to get appointed to an ASX board is even more of an uphill battle.  There are still 13 ASX 200 companies that have no women on their boards and over 60 that have only one and less than ten where the chair is female.  This makes it all the more challenging to secure an ASX NED appointment.  

Government | Click to Register

Thousands of State and Federal Government Board and Committee roles are on offer every year - many via WOB. They are suited to the first time and more experienced directors.

Start-Ups & ESICs | Click to Register

For those with an interest in Start-Ups and Early Stage Innovation Companies, new and evolving business models and innovation.

ASX 201-300

Comprises those ASX 300 stocks ranked from 201-300.

Gender lens on 2016-2017 budget

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) has conducted a careful, expert, non-partisan analysis of the 2016-2017 budget and made 50 recommendations across a range of policy areas – workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data.

ASX 300

Comprises the 300 largest stocks by market capitalisation in Australia.

Sport | Click to Register

Sporting organisations exist from community to national level and span club sports in all desciplines and the 104 National Sporting Organisations funded by the Australian Government.

BDI Summaries

Yearly summaries of the BDI.


Data detailing a random sample of 600 NSW based charities. Research and report conducted by economics students from the Australian National University completing an internship program at Women on Boards.

Cooperative Research Centres

CRCs are funded jointly by the Federal Government, industry and other commercial and research partners. A CRC is an incorporated or unincorporated organisation, formed through collaborative partnerships between publicly funded researchers and end users. CRCs must comprise at least one Australian end-user (either from the private, public or community sector) and one Australian higher education institution (or research institute affiliated with a university). Improvements in this sector may also have been due to increases in the change in composition of the sector focuses of CRCs.

Credit Unions / Mutual Banks / Building Societies

Membership composition of credit unions, mutual banks and building societies, an important subsector within the finance industry. Historically relatively slow progress in gender diversity though this is improving.

Government-owned Corporations

Corporations in which the government has at least a majority share. Progress has varied substantially from State to State with particularly good performance from South Australia and bad performances from Queensland and Tasmania.

Government Federal

Boards of Federal government agencies, board gender diversity has been good in recent years.

Health Funds

Providers of health insurance. Board gender diversity progress has been slow in this sector.

Health Boards

Health boards regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, board gender diversity very good.

Medical Colleges

Professional organisations for those in the medical profession, board gender diversity has seen a decline recently.

National Sporting Organisations

National organisations involved in the promotion of particular sports. Gender diversity in this sector has been improving relatively quickly particularly in recent years.

Primary Health Networks (formerly Medicare Locals)

Formerly Medicare Locals, Primary Health Networks are involved in the provision of health services in their local area. Unfortunately the amalgamation of Medicare Locals into Primary Health Networks has led to a decrease in board gender diversity within the sector.

RDA Committees

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a nation-wide program working to support regional development and consisting of a network of 55 regional committees. Board gender diversity in this sector is broadly poor, with over half of committees having less than 40% female directors and some committees with below 20% female directors such as RDA NSW Southern Inland and RDA WA Peel.

Research and Development Corporations

Corporations for the purposes of rural research and development, a mixture of industry funded corporations with government support and statutory corporations. Board gender diversity is poor in this sector and only slowly improving with occasional reversals.

State Health Services

Providers of health services on the State level, board gender diversity has been good in recent years.

Superannuation Trusts

Managers of superannuation funds, Women on Boards has been active in the question female participation of these boards as 40% of super members are female. This sector appears to be steadily improving its board gender board diversity.

University Bodies

The governing bodies of Universities, members usually elected from staff and alumni though some appointed by the government. Board gender diversity has been good and improving in recent years.