Statistics

Appointments to S&P/ASX 200 Boards

  • We track new appointments on a real-time basis.
  • The latest percentage of women on ASX 200 boards is 18.8% (31 October 2014).
  • The percentage of women on boards of ASX 200 companies and the proportion of women comprising new appointments increased significantly in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • The figures are the highest they have been in Australia, however we still have a long way to go.
  • A total of 34 boards in the ASX 200 still do not have any women.

 Percentage of women 31 October

Source: Statistics for 2008 are drawn from EOWA's 2008 Australian Census of Women in Leadership. Statistics for all other years are based on the Australian Institute of Company Directors research. Company rankings data provided by S&P/ASX 200.

Proportion of women comprising new appointments

  • Women have comprised 30% of new appointments to ASX 200 boards to date in 2014 (31 October 2014).
  • Women comprised 22% of new appointments to ASX 200 boards in 2013.
  • Women comprised 22% of new appointments to ASX 200 boards in 2012.
  • Women comprised 28% of all new appointments to ASX 200 boards in 2011, compared to 25% in 2010 and only 5% in 2009 and 8% in 2008.

Proportion of women 31 October 

Source: Research conducted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Number of women appointed to ASX 200 boards

46 women have been appointed to ASX 200 boards in 2014 to date (31 October 2014). Download a list of the female directors appointed to ASX 200 boards in 2014.

  • 37 women were appointed to ASX 200 boards in 2013.
  • 41 women were appointed to ASX 200 boards in 2012.
  • 68 women were appointed to ASX 200 boards in 2011.
  • 56 women were appointed to ASX 200 boards in 2010, a substantial increase on 2009 (10 women appointed).

Number of Women 31 October 

Source: Research conducted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Universities

  • 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).

Government

  • As at 30 June 2013, women held 41.7% of Australian Government board appointments. This is an increase from 38.4% in 2012. Over the 2012-2013 financial year, 47.6% of the 1069 new board appointments were awarded to women (Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2012-13, PMC website  http://www.dpmc.gov.au/women/publications-articles/government-international/gender-balance-2012-13.cfm).

International Comparison

  • Download the 2011 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors, published in December 2011.
  • 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.