Following the 2022 Federal Election outcome an interim Ministry has now been sworn in and the caretaker period has ceased. Further updates to this website will be made in due course.


What is a board?

For the purposes of this website, the entities referred to as Australian Government boards are those that:

  • the Australian Government has some control or influence over the selection or approval of board members; and
  • are included in the annual Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards report.

Australian Government boards may be categorised as:

  • Bodies covered by the public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
  • Ministerial Advisory Committees
  • Review committees where appointments are made by a Minister or the Cabinet
  • Commonwealth statutory authorities

The role of an Australian Government board can vary considerably between:

  • Governance - ensure corporate compliance and management accountability; endorse strategic plans
  • Regulatory - coordinate policies, plans or projects within and across portfolios
  • Registration, appeal and coordination - determine standards, monitor and regulate practice, grant licenses; investigate complaints and make judgements; and
  • Advisory - advice and make recommendations on policies, plans and practices.