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How does NSW compare?

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The ABS publishes the Gender Indicators Australia series every six months. It sets out a range of indicators against which it is possible to examine how women in NSW are faring compared with all women in Australia. Detailed information is contained in the Appendix.

Based on indicators used in the latest (January 2013) Gender Indicators Australia series, there are some noticeable differences between the leadership experiences of women in NSW and all Australian women.

In January 2013, there were more women in Federal Parliament (29.2 percent women) than there were in the NSW Parliament (23.7 percent women).

However, there were more women on NSW Government boards in 2011 than there were on Australian Government boards: women made up 37.8 percent of members of NSW Government boards in 2011, compared to 35.3 percent for Commonwealth Government boards.

A more significant difference is in the public sector Senior Executive Service (SES) where, in 2012, only 27 percent of NSW Government SES positions were filled by women, compared to 39.2 percent of Australian Government SES positions.

Based on published data from the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration as at March 2013, the proportion of women judges and magistrates in Commonwealth courts was 30 percent, compared to 34 percent for NSW courts.