The Australian Government values the principles of diversity and inclusion with respect to the composition of Australian Government boards, and considers diversity a fundamental component of creating a fairer, more inclusive Australia.

Australian Government boards, bodies and committees cover a wide range of responsibilities, including policy advisory boards, Government Business Enterprises, and review and enquiry boards.

The Geographic Diversity of Australian Government Boards Report provides a state and territory comparison of the geographic diversity of board appointments.

Why is geographic diversity important?

The benefits of diversity to board governance and performance arise from appointing board members with different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds and lifestyles.

One of the ways that the Australian Government fosters diversity is by appointing people from across Australia to Australian Government boards.

The information below shows the population across Australia and the number of Australian Government board appointments in each State.


Geographic diversity of Australian Government board appointments
State Population* % Total Appointments** %
NSW 7,726,924 32 1078 30
VIC 6,069,636 25 761 21
QLD 4,843,303 20 509 14
SA 1,708,135 7 329 9
WA 2,617,074 11 278 8
NT 245,191 1 101 3
TAS 519,063 2 96 3
ACT 396,294 2 397 11
Australia Total    24,125,620   3,549  


*Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics as at June 2016.

**Based on AusGovBoards data as at 20 July 2017.