Female representation on Not-for-profit, University and Government boards

Not-for-profit organisations (NFPs)

  • Women are significantly better represented in NFPs than they are in public listed companies.
  • According to research by Women on Boards conducted in 2008, women comprise 30% of directors, or their equivalents, in top NFP organisations (by revenue)
  • In contrast to public listed companies, more than 75% of NFP boards were reported as having at least one female director in 2004.


  • Of the governing councils of Group of Eight  (Go8) universities in Australia, 33% of members are female. Approximately 40% of Go8 senior committee members are female (Go8 and member university websites, November 2012).


  • As at 30 June 2012, women held 38.4% of Government board appointments. This is an increase from 35.3% in 2011. Over the 2011-2012 financial year, 41% of the 1633 new board appointments were awarded to women (FaHCSIA website, November 2012).

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