Board diversity

30% by 2018

Overview of our 30% diversity target

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Board diversity

Statistics

Statistics regarding gender diversity on boards

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Board diversity

Research and Reports

Links to research and reports conducted by external organisations

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Scholarship programs

Details of women's scholarship programs

We are delighted to offer scholarship programs to high-performing women that support them in their director and executive careers.


Disability Sector Diversity Scholarships 2017

We have partnered with the Federal Government to offer 10 full fee scholarships to women working in decision-making roles in the disability sector to undertake the Company Directors Course. The Disability Sector Diversity Scholarships 2017 open on Friday 30 June 2017. Please read the program guidelines and selection criteria and frequently asked questions for more information regarding these scholarships.

The online application link will be published on this page on the morning of Friday 30 June.

Please send an email to the Board Diversity Team at diversity.scholarships@aicd.com.au for any questions regarding this program or to register your interest in future scholarship programs.


National Diversity Scholarships

During 2014 – 2016 we partnered with the Federal Government to award 195 full fee scholarships to experienced women to undertake one of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' highly regarded governance education programs. Details of these scholarships are included below.


1) Cultural Diversity Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 55 scholarships to current and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse female directors. In this stream, 30 scholarships for the Company Directors Course and 25 for the Foundations of Directorship program were awarded.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Cultural Diversity Scholarships.


2) Sector Development Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 40 scholarships to women currently working in executive roles in growth sectors aimed at supporting and developing their executive careers. In this stream, scholarships for the Company Directors Course and for the Foundations of Directorship program were awarded.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Sector Development scholarships.


3) Rural and Remote Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 30 scholarships to women living in rural and remote locations to undertake the Company Directors Course (including an allocation for travel and accommodation costs) aimed at supporting and developing their executive or professional director careers.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Rural and Remote scholarships.


4) Board Ready Diversity Scholarships (now closed)

This program awarded 70 scholarships to women to undertake the Company Directors Course or Mastering the Boardroom program, aimed at driving a more rapid increase in the number of women on boards and in senior leadership roles.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Board Ready Diversity Scholarships.


Victorian Women's Governance Scholarships (now closed)

In 2012 we launched the Victorian Women's Governance Scholarships in partnership with the Victorian State Government. The program is aimed at increasing the skills, qualifications and confidence of Victorian women to enable them to join private, public and community sector boards and to effectively contribute as a Director.

The Victorian Women's Governance scholarship program is now closed for this year and we are not accepting further applications. Successful recipients will be notified early next year.


Past Board Diversity Scholarships Recipients

List of recipients in the 2012 and 2010 programs

Chairs Mentoring Program

Chairs and directors working with highly talented and qualified women

When you reach the top, keep climbing

Our Chair’s Mentoring Program is a practical and concrete measure designed to help achieve a greater representation of women on boards.

The Program involves leading current and past ASX 200 chairs and directors working with highly talented and qualified women in a 12-month mentoring relationship.

Applications for the 2017/2018 Chair’s mentoring Program are now closed

The Chair’s Mentoring Program has been the AICD’s flagship diversity initiative since its inception in 2010. We have run four programs with over 250 Mentees and 200 Mentors participating in the program. The Program is part of a suite of initiatives aimed at increasing the number of women on Australian boards. The AICD called for all boards, with particular emphasis on ASX 200 boards to achieve a target of at least 30% female directors on their boards by the end of 2018. ASX 200 boards are currently at 25.2% female directors (31 March 2017).



2015 Chair’s Mentoring Program

In 2015, 55 Mentors and Mentees participated in the program. The Mentors that participated in the Program are included below:

For the first time in 2015 a Mentee bio booklet was published, listing all the Mentees participating in the Program and their current board roles. A selection of 2010 – 2013 Mentees were also included. This booklet was circulated to all the Mentors and several executive search consultants across Australia. A bio booklet will be published for the 2017 Program and circulated to external stakeholders.

The bio booklets will be updated on a quarterly basis on notification of new board appointments from the Mentees.

While it is hoped that Mentees will obtain additional board appointments in the future, the AICD makes no representation or guarantee as to the Mentee’s likelihood of being offered a board position.

  • Mentee bio booklet

Many past Mentees and Mentors have participated in interviews and articles during and after the Program period. To read a selection of these articles, please see the links below.

  1. Company Director Magazine 2017: Margie Seale FAICD
  2. Company Director Magazine 2016: Brian Schwartz AM FAICD
  3. Company Director Magazine 2016: In Sync with Teresa Engelhard GAICD and Russell Higgins AO FAICD
  4. Advice from the chair: Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO FAICD and Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD
  5. Mutual support 2015: Diane Smith-Gander FAICD and Samantha Tough FAICD
  6. Feature with David Gonski AC FAICDLife
  7. Inside the Boardroom with Marina Go MAICD
  8. What I’ve learnt: Dr Kirstin Ferguson FAICD
  9. Fiona Harris FAICD: A professional company director
  10. Chair’s Mentoring Program: Q&A with Janette Kendall FAICD
  11. Chair’s Mentoring Program: Q&A with Maree Arnason GAICD

Useful links

Links to organisations that provide services relevant to diversity and women

This list of useful links is by no means exhaustive. It is intended to assist members by providing a reference point only.

Please refer to our Terms of Use.


Organisations focused on Board Diversity

Membership-Based Organisations


Government Organisations


Registers for Board and Committee Opportunities

These registers enable women to record their interest in being considered for an appointment to boards, committees and other decision-making bodies.


Membership-Based Organisations


State / Territory Government Registers for Board and Committee Opportunities

Each state/territory government maintains a register of people who are interested in serving on government boards and committees.

Gender Diversity Progress Report

A collection of the latest statistics, interviews, opinion pieces and case studies from
individuals and companies that are on the path to increasing the gender diversity of their
boardrooms and executive pipelines.