Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Board diversity makes good business sense

    23/11/2018 10:45 AM
    • Leadership and governance program graduates now looking to provide a cultural advantage
    • Program seeks to increase cultural diversity on boards and committees

    Nineteen new graduates have joined an impressive alumni of industry professionals who have completed the Leadership and Governance Program offered by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI).

    The OMI Leadership and Governance Program was developed to enable greater representation of Western Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds on public, private or not-for-profit sector boards and committees.

    The program assists participants to enhance their knowledge, understanding and skills required for board and committee positions, as well as providing information about different types of boards and how they work in a Western Australian context.

    Since its launch, more than 80 professionals have completed the program and gone on to secure board positions. The program supports OnBoard WA, a McGowan Government initiative to connect people with board opportunities and encourage diversity at a board level.

    This year's graduates come from a wide range of professions including business,
    human services and engineering. They are all experts in their field and ready to contribute their experience to helping others in the community.

    More information about OMI's Leadership and Governance program is available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au

    For more information about OnBoard WA, visit https://onboardwa.jobs.wa.gov.au

    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "WA is part of a global economy and our cultural diversity offers the opportunity to forge connections through people-to-people networks, cultural knowledge and language skills.


    "Western Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds stimulate new ideas and elevate organisational performance.


    "There is now a growing awareness of the importance of diversity on boards and committees to ensure that decision making at the highest levels is innovative, creative and reflects the interests of our multicultural society.  


    "The Leadership and Governance program run by the Office of Multicultural Interests is helping unlock this potential within our highly skilled culturally and linguistically diverse communities."