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Gender quotas extended to boards of 7 major Government Business Enterprises

The Government has announced an extension of its election promise to have women appointed to
40 per cent of government board positions by enforce gender quotas on the boards of its major
business operations – including NBN Co, Australia Post, Medibank, Australian Rail Track Corporation,
Australian Submarine Corporation, Defence Housing Australia and the
Australian Government Solicitor.

The Government has given all its boards until 2015 to meet the requirement for women to occupy at least 40% of all Government board positions, after which the target will be reviewed.

are 476 boards across all federal departments, on which women make up
33.3 per cent of all directors. The ratio for the government business
enterprise sector is 29 per cent.

The Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Penny Wong, made the announcement this week and had previously declared her support for the ASX diversity guidelines, adding that with so many companies
requiring prior board experience, the Government could play a role by helping women secure their first board appointment on one of the many Government boards.  

On this issue of quotas, I’m currently compiling a list of gender balance targets and quotas from around the world – if you have any insights to share, links to research surveys or information about what your organisation is doing, please drop me a line.


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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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