Cut your teeth on government boards


Women on Boards has always been a strong advocate for women adding a government board or committee to their portfolio as an excellent way to gain perspective and expand their director network.


The Not-For-Profit and Government sectors are both a rich source of board and committee roles. There are literally thousands of positions available in these rewarding and interesting sectors. 

“One of the great advantages of government boards is that due to their large and varied number, they are suited equally to first time as well as more experienced directors,” said WOB co-founder Ruth Medd.

“Government boards are a great starter board and generally speaking they pay. While this might not be your total motivation it is important, if you are trying to build a career as a board member, that you do have some paid roles.”

Government boards also come in various shapes and sizes - statutory authorities to joint venture bodies. Government boards are also found across most industries and sectors - from mining and media to education and environment.

In fact, a quick look at the WOB Vacancy board shows the variety of positions on offer at any one time. At time of publication we have positions advertised with various councils and NSW Audit and Risk Committee to the Tasmanian Racing Appeal Board and Swine Industry Projects Advisory Committee.

Do you have NFP and Government Boards on Your Horizon?

If you are curious about government boards, WOB is running a Boards on Your Horizon workshop with WOB co-founder and director, Claire Braund, and guest panellists Sara Harrup and Natasha Rees.

Claire knows a lot about both of these sectors, knowledge which can be hard to come by and which she will willingly and openly shares. Join Claire and Sara for a greater awareness and understanding of boards and committees in the NFP and government sectors.

Participants will come away with:

  • Information on how the sectors operate and the opportunities and pitfalls
  • The capacity to assess where your skills will best fit - and what you have to offer
  • A plan for which sectors and roles to target
  • How to apply for these roles
  • Next steps in your pathway to directorship

Workshop inclusions:

Two live virtual sessions with comprehensive slides, case studies and reading to access in your own time: 
  • Session 1:  Thursday 9 November 2023 (12noon - 2:00 pm AEDT) with Claire Braund
  • Session 2:  Wednesday 15 November - (12noon - 1:00 pm AEDT) with Claire Braund & panel
It is advisable that you attend both dates, but the session is recorded and you can catch up if you miss one.

Register HERE
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