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3.3 Board directorships in NSW-based ASX 200 companies

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Current position

As at April 2013, women held 18 percent of all directorships of ASX 200 companies with a registered office address in NSW.

Gender gap

  • Women make up less than one-fifth of all directors of ASX 200 companies that are based in NSW.
The direction of
change over time

There was an increase of one percentage point between April 2012 and April 2013 in the proportion of directorships held by women in NSW-based ASX 200 companies, from 17 to 18 percent.

In April 2011, 15 percent of directorships in NSW-based ASX 200 companies were held by women.

Discussion

Nationally, between 2004 and 2008, the percentage of ASX 200 directorships held by women sat at 8 percent. Since 2011, the percentage of female directorships has been gradually rising, both in NSW and nationally. It is possible that a factor in this rise was the introduction in 2010 of the Australian Securities Exchange’s corporate governance principles for gender diversity. Figure 5.6 presents data for 2011 to 2013 on the percentage of female directorships in ASX 200 companies, both in NSW and nationally. The percentage of women directors in NSW is slightly higher than the national figure.

Data in this section relates to ASX 200 companies that have a registered office address in NSW. The ASX 200 Index consists of a rolling population which companies enter or exit depending on share price. The index measures the performance of the 200 largest index-eligible stocks listed on the Australian Securities Exchange according to criteria established by Standard and Poors and the ASX.

Directors are those people who hold a seat on a company board. They act on behalf of the shareholders in supervising the company.

Year collected: 2013.
Data source: Australian Institute of Company Directors, unpublished data. More information is available at www.companydirectors.com.au

Figure 5.6 Female board directorships in ASX 200 companies, NSW and national, 2011-13

Fig 5.6

Note: NSW data is as at April 2011, April 2012 and April 2013. National data is as at 31 December 2011, 31 December 2012 and 31 March 2013.
Population: Companies listed on the ASX 200 for the dates specified above.
Source: NSW Institute of Company Directors. National data is available at www.companydirectors.com.au. NSW data is unpublished.