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 metropolitan, rural and regional areas 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 7,518,472 32 823 30
Vic 5,841,667 25 542 20
Qld 4,722,447 20 400 14
SA 1,685,714 7 233 8
WA 2,573,389 11 256 9
NT 245,079 1 75 3
Tas 514,762 2 73 3
ACT 385,996 2 318 11
Australia Total    23,490,736^   2,782^^  


*Based on Australian Bureau of statistics as at June 2014.

**Based on AusGovBoards data as at 30 June 2015.

^ Includes 3,210 people from other Territories, comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

^^ Includes 62 positions where the location of appointment was not stated.