Department of Family and Community Services

4.2 Senior managers of community sector organisations

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Current position

In NSW in November/December 2011, women comprised 59 percent of senior managers of community organisations that responded to the YWCA survey.

Gender gap

  • Women are almost one and a half times more likely than men to be senior managers in NSW community organisations that responded to the YWCA survey.
The direction of
change over time

There is currently no other data available with which to compare trends over time.

Discussion

The YWCA survey found that, nationally, 60 percent of senior managers in respondent organisations were female. This is comparable to the NSW figure of 59 percent. See Figure 5.8.

The survey data also indicates that the number of women in senior positions (in comparison to the number of men) rises as the proportion of female staff in the organisation increases.

The YWCA survey was distributed electronically amongst networks of the YWCA, Women on Boards and the Australian Council of Social Service. Survey data was collected between 16 November and 12 December 2011. Responses were received from 662 organisations nationally that identified as not-for-profit. Of these, 70 organisations operated solely in NSW and a further 125 organisations operated in NSW and elsewhere. Data relating to NSW community organisations refers to all 195 organisations that operate in NSW.

No definition of ‘not-for-profit’ was provided in the survey questionnaire. The most common sectors in which respondent organisations worked were health (29 percent), education (24 percent), youth work (24 percent), women (23 percent) and disability (19 percent).

Year collected: November/December 2011.
Data source: YWCA, Women on Boards, Australian Council of Social Service (2012) Reflecting gender diversity. An analysis of gender diversity in the leadership of the community sector: Inaugural survey results. More information is available at www.ywca.org.au; www.womenonboards.org.au; www.acoss.org.au

Figure 5.8 Women leaders in community organisations, NSW and Australia, 2011

Fig 5.8

Note: Data relates to community organisations operating in NSW that responded to the YWCA survey.
Population: Women board members, office bearers and senior managers of community sector organisations that responded to the YWCA survey.
Source: YWCA, Women on Boards, ACOSS (2012) Reflecting gender diversity: An analysis of gender diversity in the leadership of the community sector: Inaugural survey results. NSW data unpublished.