Boardroom Diversity

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. 

Summary Table - Numbers represent percentage of women on boards in that year in the designated sector.
Year Summary - Click on the years to read our overall summary of the BDI for the chosen year. 
Sector Summary - Click the sector you are interested in to access the full data set from all years

 

Sector

2018

2016

2015

2013

2012

2011

2010

ASX100 29.3 25.3 23.5 18.5 17.2 14.0 11.8
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
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 measured by WOB
45.1 38.6 38.5 39.3 35.9 31.0 30.4
Government Federal
Gender Balance on Government Boards Report
42.7
(2017)
40.5 39.1 41.7 38.4 35.3  
Government Corporations: NSW 31.7 32.4 31.4 24.2 20.7 23.7 24.4
Government Corporations: Qld 48.1 21.8 21.8 35.4 38.4 36.0 32.0
Government Corporations: SA 46.7 48.8 48.8 48.9 49.1 47.4 45.3
Government Corporations: Tas 47.4 28.6 28.6 25.6 25.0 28.1 NA
Government Corporations: Vic 52.0 30.3 35.6 32.8 33.0 40.0 NA
Government Corporations: WA 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

2016: Women on Boards celebrates years of hard work

WOB celebrated 10 years of hard work in 2016 with the numbers of women on serving on boards continuing its slow trend upward across most sectors.

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.

2012: Small increase in percentage of women on boards

There have been small, but encouraging, signs that the recent gains in the number of female directors on the boards of ASX200 companies are being matched in other key sectors in the economy, according to findings from the latest WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI).

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.

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 was released on International Women's Day, 8 March 2010.