Western Australia

Gender diversity makes good business sense

WA Premier Mark McGowan has called for more diversity on Western Australian boards, seeking support from the business sector to boost female representation.

The Premier met with senior women leaders at a Chief Executive Women’s forum hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

The forum brought together a ‘brains trust’ of senior women from the corporate, public service, academic and community sectors to discuss diversity on State Government boards.

The current proportion of women on WA Government boards and committees is 44 per cent, while in the corporate sector the percentage of women on ASX 200 boards is 26 per cent.

In September 2017 the WA Government launched OnBoardWA, a website enabling members of the public to register their interest in sitting on government boards and committees.

Since its launch, more than 650 registrations of interest have been received with almost 70 per cent from women.

Source: WA Government