Committees and Coalitions

Committees and Coalitions

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

Committees and working groups

  • In 2016 WOB Director, Claire Braund, was invited by the Federal Office for Women to contribute to its research project to deliver a consistent national narrative that will build momentum around gender equity and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA’s) consultation on the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation.
  • In 2015 Claire was a member of the Working Group on Non-manager Occupation Categories convened by Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women and Minister for Employment. The purpose of the working group was to present options to the government for improving workplace gender equality reporting in the non-manager occupational categories under the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012). The Minister has resolved to run a pilot to automate the reporting to improve data quality and reduce burden to employers. Update due in mid 2017.
  • In 2012 Women on Boards was contracted by the Federal Government Office for Women to assist departments and portfolios to achieve the Target Board Gender Balance plans in line with the Government's commitment to 40% women on boards by 2015 and the Boardlinks program.

The Coalition for Working Women

In early 2014 Women on Boards convened a group of business, non-government, representative and industry associations to respond to a move by Senator Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment,  to water down gender based workforce reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Following a major media campaign, the CWW was subsequently involved in the 2014 consultation over the WGEA reporting arranagements and then in the Paid Parental Leave and Child Care policy debates. The CWW convenes on an as-needs basis and members at various times included:
  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association - peak body for women in local government.
  • BPW (Business and Professional Women) Australia- member-based NGO that is part of a global network, BPW International.
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia - Australasia’s premier membership organisation for the financial services industry.
  • Local Government Managers Australia NSW - a not-for-profit association dedicated to strengthening the professional capability of Local Government Professionals.  LGMA NSW is part of a federation making up the National Organisation and represents over 750 members in NSW.
  • National Council of Women of Australia - national non-government umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives for women and girls.
  • National Foundation of Australian Women – an apolitical organisation working to advance and promote the interests of Australian women, make accessible their histories, and ensure their achievements are handed on to future generations.
  • Women on Boards –an international network facilitating women onto boards and leadership roles.
  • Women’s Electoral Lobby - national, independent, non-party political, feminist lobby group that for over 40 years has worked tirelessly to improve the position of women in society.
  • The Work and Family Policy Roundtable - made up of researchers from 18 universities and research institutions with expertise on work, care and family policy. Its goal is to propose, comment upon, collect and disseminate research to inform good evidence-based public policy in Australia.
  • YWCA Australia - national association of YWCAs in Australia and part of the world YWCA movement

The National Foundation for Australian Women

WOB provides ongoing support to, and has made significant 10-year financial contribution to, the National Foundation for Australian Women, an independent not-for-profit women's organisation and the incubator for Women on Boards.

NFAW has a particularly active and well-connected social policy committee which is chaired by Marie Coleman AO PSM, whose name has been synonymous with the women’s movement in Australia for the past 60 years. Marie was the first woman in Australia to head a statutory authority when she chaired the Whitlam Government’s Social Welfare Commission in 1973, and had a long and distinguished career in the Federal public service.

Through the work of its Social Policy Committee NFAW has played an influential role in 2004 and 2005 in the public policy debates about abortion and the approval process for RU486 and as well about changes to the industrial relations system and welfare support for people of working age.

The abortion and RU486 debates involved collaboration with the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance. The debates about the Government’s Welfare to Work and WorkChoices policies were conducted through a consortium of 64 national women’s organisations, arranged through the Commonwealth funded national secretariats.

 In 2004 the NFAW Board of Directors approved the establishment of a Social Policy Sub-committee of the Board, and this committee, based in Canberra with corresponding members interstate, welcomes expressions of interest in joining us from potential new members.