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3.2 Senior executives in NSW-based ASX 500 companies

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Current position

As at 16 March 2012, women made up 10 percent of executive key management personnel in ASX 500 companies with a head office in NSW.

Gender gap

  • Executive management positions in NSW-based ASX 500 companies are nine times more likely to be filled by a man than by a woman.
The direction of
change over time
This is the first year that the WGEA has collected data relating to ASX 500 companies.
Discussion

38 percent of executive key management personnel in all ASX 500 companies are located in NSW.

At 10 percent, NSW lags behind Victoria (13 percent), Tasmania (13 percent) and the Northern Territory (17 percent) when it comes to the proportion of women in executive key management positions, although the number of executives in the latter two jurisdictions is much smaller. See Figure 5.5.

Data for this indicator relates to companies in the ASX 500 as at 16 March 2012 which had a head office address in NSW. Data was extracted by WGEA from each company’s most recent annual report published before the WGEA census date of 30 April 2012. Generally these annual reports covered the 12 months ended 30 June 2011, or the 12 months ended 31 December 2011.

Executive key management personnel are the executive members of the management group who have authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the entity, directly or indirectly, including any director (whether executive or otherwise) of that entity.

Year collected: 2011.
Data source: EOWA (2012) Australian Census of Women in Leadership. More information is available at www.wgea.gov.au

Figure 5.5 Women leaders of ASX 500 companies, by jurisdiction, 2011

Fig 5.5

Note: ‘Senior executives’ refers to executive key management personnel, who are the executive members of the management group with responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the entity. See Indicator 3.2 for full explanation.

Population: Women board directors and executive key management personnel in ASX 500 companies
Source: EOWA (2012) Australian Census of Women in Leadership.