WOB Advocacy


Cultural Diversity on Boards

Women on Boards supports culturally diverse women to access board and leadership roles and has established a Cultural Diversity Working Group to progress action on this issue. 

Workplace Gender Equality

Women on Boards has been involved actively in reforms around workplace gender equality since 2005. Our most recent submission to the Government review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2021) has called for organisations to report on disability and cultural diversity within the workforce to improve participation and access to leadership and board roles.

40:40:20 Gender Balance

Women on Boards vision since 2006 has been: "To increase the number of women on boards and in leadership roles to achieve a gender balance of  40% women, 40% men and 20% of either, and/or other genders."

Gender lens on the budget

WOB sponsors the independent review of the Federal Budget completed each year by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) and its 36 subject matter experts. This non-partisan Gender Budget Review (GBR) of the Federal Budget makes 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 collection. The 2021 Review has criticised the Federal Government for not laying out a clear program of reform. Click here for all the details.

Paid Parental Leave

Women on Boards was part of the coalition of women that lobbied for universal Paid Parental Leave, which was introduced at 18 weeks paid at the national minimum wage on 1 January 2011. It defended the scheme against proposed changes under the Abbott Government in 2015 and in 2017 put forward a hybird model to the Government, based on a model of 26 weeks PPL.

Gender Balance in Global Sport

In 2014 Women on Boards authored the inaugural Gender Balance in Global Sport Report, which was subsequently updated in 2016.

Committees and Coalitions

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