Boardroom Diversity Index

The WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI) was launched on International Women's Day in March 2009. 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 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.
Click the highlighted links for the detailed breakdown of each sector or the year for a summary.

 

Sector

2018

2016

2015

2013

2012

2011

2010

ASX100 29.3 25.3 23.5 NA NA NA NA
ASX200 26.7 23.0 19.9 15.8 13.9 10.9 8.7
ASX201-300 19.1 15.9 13.4 NA 7.6 NA NA
ASX300 24.5 20.6 18.2 NA NA NA NA
Affordable Housing 42.3 NA 39.6 NA NA NA NA
Charities  40.2 NA 39.6 NA NA NA NA
Cooperative Research Centres 28.3 25.5 24.2 17.1 18.2 18.3 17.3
Credit Unions / Mutual Banks / Building Societies 30.0 26.0 23.4 20.9 21.2 18.4 21.0
Government Federal (top by remuneration) 45.3 39.1 38.5 39.3 35.9 31.0 30.4
Government Federal (portfolio boards)   40.5 39.7 41.7 38.4 NA NA
NSW: Government-owned Corporations 31.7 32.4 31.4 24.2 20.7 23.7 24.4
Qld: Government-owned Corporations 48.1 21.8 21.8 35.4 38.4 36.0 32.0
SA: Government -owned Corporations 46.7 48.8 48.8 48.9 49.1 47.4 45.3
Tas: Government-owned Corporations 47.4 28.6 28.6 25.6 25.0 28.1 NA
Vic: Government-owned Corporations 52.0 30.3* 35.6 32.8 33.0 40.0 NA
WA: Government-owned Corporations 34.7 29.7 25.9 29.1 23.1 27.8 NA
Health Funds 28.9 26.4 24.7 24.2 24.1 NA NA
Health Boards 57.9 NA 53.1 NA NA NA NA
Medical Colleges 28.4 20.3 30.4 NA NA NA NA
Primary Health Networks (formerly Medicare Locals) 40.8 39.2 41.7 NA NA NA NA
National Sporting Organisations 37.2 34.4 30.5 24.4 23.4 22.7 26.5
RDA Committees 36.7 36.9 NA NA NA NA NA
Research and Development Corporations 30.4 22.0 21.7 23.7 21.1 22.5 22.4
State Health Services 49.6 43.0 41.0 NA NA NA NA
Superannuation Trusts 33.1 29.6 26.0 20.9 20.9 20.4 19.4
University Bodies 42.3 37.4 34.7 NA NA NA NA


 

2018: WOB calls for 40:40 by 2020

Of the 15 sectors analysed only some state governments, the Federal Government, Not For Profits, Affordable Housing, some health boards and University boards made the 40% grade. WOB has advocated for a minimum of 40% of the under-represented gender to the target for all boards for at least 10 years. With the support of the mighty WOB network it has put thousands of women on boards

2015:  All except Government trending to greater gender balance

Women on Boards evaluated 1422 organisations from more than 10 sectors in its 2015 edition of the Boardroom Diversity Index.

2013: Hope is not a business strategy’ for more women on boards

​The evidence is that sectors with measurable gender balance targets are moving ahead of those that rely on good intentions and rhetoric alone.
 

2011: 100th International Women's Day: Women still marking time in the boardroom

Australian boards are not becoming more gender diverse and we run the risk of sidelining this critical issue in the hype surrounding the ASX200, a leading advocate and broker for women into board roles warned today.
Women on Boards used the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day to remind people that women occupy fewer than 25 per cent of board roles on all but Government boards, and this is not trending upwards.
Launching its 2nd Boardroom Diversity Index, the only comprehensive publicly available index that tracks the performance of

2010: A benchmark for gender diversity on boards

Australia’s first comprehensive index to track the performance of key sectors in our economy on gender diversity in the boardroom has been released today.

2009: ASX 200 below 10%

Female participation on ASX200 company board showed a marginal increase the number of women on boards, up from 8.3 per cent in 2008 to 8.7 per cent in 2009.