- McGowan Government increasing the number of women appointed to Government boards, committees and advisory bodies
- OnBoardWA, a new register to encourage those interested in joining a board or committee, launched today
The McGowan Government expects to deliver on its election commitment to increase the total number of women appointed to Government boards and committees to 50 per cent by 2019.
The Government has already boosted the number of women appointed to boards and committees from 43 per cent to 44 per cent since the election.
Launching OnBoardWA, a new website and register encouraging diverse representation on State Government boards or committees, Premier Mark McGowan and Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk called on women to express their interest.
Women make up about half of the Western Australian workforce and more than 70 per cent of the public sector yet are under-represented at the decision-making level.
Women on boards lead to better informed decision-making, better performance and more effective governance while also creating stronger connections with the community.
Equal gender representation also delivers economic benefits and reduces the pay gap. The OnBoardWA website hosts a range of resources to assist those wanting to contribute and is available at http://www.onboardwa.jobs.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Government boards and committees rely on community members willing to offer their time, experience, expertise and advice. A cross-section of the community is needed to voice new ideas. For this to happen, it is imperative we increase the number of potential nominees through the OnBoardWA register.
"To ensure our State reaches its full potential, we must also fully utilise the skills, insights, perspectives and experiences of women.
"As a Government, we are responsible for many of the interventions required to close the gender gap. Gender balance on decision-making bodies improves performance, provides representative leadership and produces real economic benefits. Our decisions are purposeful; we are working to generate positive change and create real opportunities for women's participation.
"I encourage everyone, especially women to register with OnBoardWA to ensure a pool of talented and knowledgeable Western Australians is available for selection to government boards and committees. For those of you who know a capable person, please encourage them to register with OnBoardWA."
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"Government boards and committees should reflect the diversity that we have in society. Sadly, currently they don't go far enough. They should also be composed of the best expertise on offer, but by not having a gender balance we are missing out on a huge array of talent.
"Government should be leading on this issue - and the McGowan Government is doing exactly that. We know that leadership is the key if we want decision-making bodies throughout our community to reflect gender equality.
"I strongly encourage women who want to broaden their skills and give Western Australian women a voice: register with OnBoardWA and tell us what you can do."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Women's Interests Minister office - 6552 6600