Australia needs more women on professional boards.
In 2008, women chaired just four boards (2%) and held 8.3% of board director positions, a decline from 8.7% in 2006 and just 0.1 percentage point higher than in 2004. This is lower than other comparable countries and the EC average of (10.3%).
Just more than half of all ASX200 boards are made up of all male directors. In 6% of ASX200 companies, 25% or more of board directors are women, a decrease from 12% in 2006 and 7.1% in 2004.
What's the end result of all these stats? Australia needs more women on professional boards.
If you're interested in a board position, start by exploring 'Women on Boards', a national program to improve the gender balance on Australian company boards through skills - based selection. The program funds research, holds high-level networking and mentoring events and actively promotes women onto boards.
The Women on Boards website is a meeting place for current directors and aspirant directors, who are registered with the program: www.womenonboards.org.au