Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Gender diversity makes good business sense

    14/02/2018 7:00 PM
     
    • Premier joins forces with Australia's senior women leaders to call for diversity on boards
    • Current proportion of women on WA Government boards and committees is 44 per cent 

    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.

     

    Last September the State 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.

     

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

     

    "The State Government is committed to fairness and achieving gender equality is at the heart of this commitment.

     

    "Our society is stronger if we take full advantage of the skills and leadership qualities women bring to public life.

     

    "I would encourage all women interested in sitting on a government board or committee to register with OnBoardWA."

     

    Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "It's not only the right thing to do - it's the smart thing to do. We know diversity makes good business sense and delivers results in the form of better decision making and improved financial performance.

     

    "We have committed to increase the number of women on government boards and committees to 50 per cent. We believe the 50 per cent target is achievable.

     

    "There is no shortage of capable and talented women willing to serve their community - we can maintain that momentum and achieve the target we have set for ourselves."

     

    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600