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 this diversity is fostered is through appointing people from metropolitan, rural and regional areas across the nation 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

8,157,735

32

606

31

VIC

6,689,377

26

408

21

QLD

5,160,023

20

272

14

ACT

429,834

2

222

11

WA

2,656,156

10

184

9

SA

1,767,247

7

186

10

NT

245,353

1

39

2

TAS

539,590

2

40

2

Australia Total   

25,645,315

100

1,957

 100

 

*Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics as at 01 March 2020.

**Based on Organisations and Appointments data as at 28 October 2020 for the 2019-20 Financial Year.