Department of Family and Community Services

2.1 NSW Government boards and committees

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Current position

 As at 31 December 2012, women held 38 percent of NSW Government board and committee positions.

Gender gap

  • Men’s representation on NSW Government boards and committees in December 2012 was 1.6 times greater than women’s.
The direction of
change over time
In December 1997, women held 27 percent of NSW Government board and committee positions. That figure has risen by 11 percentage points in 15 years – less than one percentage point per year – to 38 percent in December 2012. See Figure 5.3.
Discussion

The portfolios with the highest proportion of female board and committee members as at 31 December 2012 were Family and Community Services (59 percent), Ageing (60 percent), Disability Services (76 percent) and Women (91 percent). The portfolio with the lowest percentage of women board members was Police and Emergency Services (13 percent). See Table 5.4.

Care should be exercised when making year on year comparisons on boards and committees within particular portfolios. Portfolios may have changed between March 2011 and December 2012, as has been the case with Sport and Recreation.

This indicator reports on appointments to NSW Government boards and committees that are approved by Cabinet. As at 31 December 2012, this included boards and committees covering all portfolio areas of government, with more than 4,300 positions in total.

Year collected: 2012.
Data source: NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, unpublished data. More information is available at www.boards.dpc.nsw.gov.au

Figure 5.3 NSW Government board and committee members, by sex, 1997 to 2012

Fig 5.3

Population: Members of NSW Government boards and committees.
Source: NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, unpublished data.

Table 5.4 Women’s representation on NSW Government boards by portfolio, 2011 and 2012

Portfolio  March 2011 %  March 2012 %  December 2012 % 
Police and Emergency Services 

8

6

13

Resources and Energy 

17

21

18

Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing 

32

21

18

Treasurer 

22

19

19

Roads and Ports 

14

22

21

Transport 

28

29

21

Heritage 

11

33

21

Trade and Investment 

30

23

23

Sport and Recreation* 

37

25

27

Primary Industries 

19

27

27

Premier 

44

33

27

Medical Research 

26

31

29

Finance and Services 

37

31

29

Fair Trading 

37

34

30

Planning and Infrastructure 

32

30

31

Regional Infrastructure and Services 

30

29

33

Citizenship and Communities 

49

43

33

Illawarra 

n/a 

n/a 

33

Aboriginal Affairs 

25

38

36

Justice 

33

37

38

Local Government 

67

38

39

Arts 

46

43

40

Environment 

34

37

40

Health 

44

43

42

Attorney General 

44

48

48

Education 

52

54

52

Mental Health 

51

49

55

Family and Community Services 

73

71

59

Ageing 

68

67

60

Disability Services 

76

75

76

Women 

100

50

91

Hunter 

31

n/a 

n/a 

Western Sydney 

29

n/a 

n/a 

Small Business 

23

23

n/a 

Total 

38

37

38

 
Note: ‘n/a’ refers to portfolios that had no allocated boards at that point in time. * Changes in the composition of the Sport and Recreation portfolio affect the ability of year to year comparisons.
Population: Members of NSW Government boards and committees.
Source: NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, unpublished data.