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

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 recipients of the scholarships are as follows:

First Name Last Name State/Territory Title Organisation
Rebecca Adam VIC CEO WA Deaf Society Inc
Michelle Victora SA Manager, Community Transition Disability Services, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Joanne Wickes SA Regional Manager SA and Far West NSW SES Band 1 National Disability Insurance Agency
Stephanie Ransome NT Executive Officer NT Friendship & Support
Gabrielle Trenbath WA Assistant in Nursing WA Health
Rebecca Kelly TAS Director isNRM Pty Ltd
Annabelle Williams NSW Legal Counsel Australian Olympic Committee Inc.
Leonie Jackson NSW CEO The Deaf Society
Nadia Lindop NSW CEO MJD Foundation
Donna Purcell NSW Senior Manager Accessibility and Capability Advice Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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.


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.


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.


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.

Chairs Mentoring Program

Chairs and directors supporting highly talented and qualified women transition to the boardroom.

When you reach the top, keep climbing

The Chairs Mentoring Program is the AICD’s flagship board diversity initiative designed to enable highly-experienced and qualified emerging female directors (Mentees) to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to support their journey to the boardroom.

The key components of the year-long, complimentary, program comprise individual mentoring support from past and current chairs and experienced ASX 200 directors (Mentors); networking opportunities; and bespoke workshops and events.

The program is open to women who have significant senior executive experience and are currently seeking to transition to a full time non-executive director career.

Specific criteria includes:

  • Current membership of the AICD
  • Completion of the Company Directors Course
  • At least three years non-executive board experience
  • Evidence of a solid understanding of financial management

Since its inception in 2010, we have run five programs with over 300 Mentees participating in the program, many of whom are now serving on ASX 200 boards.

Applications for the 2019/20 program will open in May 2019.

Register your interest here.

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.

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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.