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Thursday, 2 June 1994
Page: 1279

(Question No. 1349)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 4 May 1994:

  With reference to the Federal Labor Caucus motion of 21 August 1988 requiring women to be appointed to at least 25 per cent of places on Government boards, councils and committees. For each of the boards, councils and committees to which the Minister has the power to appoint members, and for all of these combined:

  (1) How many positions were available for appointment on 21 August 1988 and how many are now available.

  (2) How many of these positions were held by women on 21 August 1988 and how many are now held by women.

  (3) What changes do the resulting proportions represent since the Labor Caucus motion.


Senator Schacht —The Minister for Employment, Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  Listed below are each of the boards, councils and committees to which I or other Ministers within the Employment, Education and Training portfolio have had the power to appoint members since 1988. A table setting out the female/male composition of each as at 21 August 1988 and now, the percentage of women and a percentage variation in the gender-balance is provided for each.

Total %

Male Female membership Women

National Board of Employment, Education and Training (NBEET) Counsellors

21 AUG 1988 4 0 4 0

12 MAY 1994 1 0 1(3*) 0

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION 0%

*3 positions are vacant

Women's Employment, Education and Training Advisory Group (WEETAG)

21 August 1988 0 10 10 100

12 May 1994 0 9 9(10*) 100

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION 0%

*1 position is vacant

Commonwealth Employment Service Advisory Committee

21 August 1988 5 0 5 0

12 May 1994 5 3 8 37.5

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +37.5%F

General Academic Panel of the National Office of Overseas

Skills Recognition (NOOSR)

21 AUG 1988 7 2 9 22.2

12 MAY 1994 7 3 10 30

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +7.8%F

Technical Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 4 1 5 20

12 MAY 1994 5 2 7 29

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +9%F

Teaching Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 5 1 6 17

12 MAY 1994 10 7 17 41.2

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +24.2%F

Veterinary Science Panel of NOOSR

21 August 1988 8 0 8 0

12 May 1994 7 2 9 22

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +22.2%F

Dietetics Panel of NOOSR

21 August 1988 1 3 4 75

12 May 1994 1 3 4 75

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Occupational Therapy Panel of NOOSR

21 August 1988 0 5 5 100

12 May 1994 1 7 8 87.5

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION -12.5%F

Social Welfare Panel of NOOSR

21 August 1988 2 4 6 66.7

12 May 1994 2 4 6 66.7

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Australian-American Education Foundation

21 August 1988 3 1 4 25

12 May 1994 3 1 4(5*) 25

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION 0%

*1 position is vacant

Non-Government School Funding Review Committee (NGSFRC)

21 August 1988 4 2 6 33.3

12 May 1994 3 3 6 50

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +16.7F

Commonwealth New Schools Committees

21 August 1988 21 2 23 8.7

12 May 1994 26 7 33 21

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +12.3F

Combined figures for all the above boards, councils and committees

21 August 1988 64 31 95 33

12 May 1994 71 51 122(127*) 42

GENDER BALANCE VARIATION +9F

* 3 positions are vacant in the National Board of Employment, Education and Training (NBEET) Counsellors; 1 position is vacant in the Australian-American Education Foundation; 1 position is vacant in the Women's Employment, Education and Training Advisory Group.

The following are details of the female/male composition of advisory bodies which were not in existence on 21 August 1988:

Total %

Male Female membership Women

LEAP National Monitoring Committee

12 May 1994 11 5 16 31.2

NESB Consultative Group on Vocational Education and Training

12 May 1994 3 4 7 57

NETTFORCE

12 May 1994 5 1 6 17

National Equity Program for Schools Advisory Committee

12 May 1994 8 7 15 46.6

The Aboriginal Education Co-ordination Committee

12 May 1994 4 4 8 50

The Aboriginal Education Policy Review Reference Group

12 May 1994 8 4 12 33.3

Combined figures for all the above boards, councils and committees

(not in existence in 1988)

12 May 1994 39 25 64 39

Combined figures for all the listed boards, councils and committees

12 May 1994 110 76 186 41