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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 450

(Question No. 1343)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, 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 are now available.

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

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


Senator Gareth Evans —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  Table 1 provides information on the representation of women on boards, councils and committees to which Ministers responsible for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio appoint members. Data is presented for 1989 (the earliest year for which data is readily available), 1994 (the latest year for which data is available) and the percentage change between these years.

  The information in Table 1 shows that:

  (1) In 1989, 136 positions were available for appointment; in 1994, 258 positions were available; the resulting change is an increase of 122 over the period.

  (2) Of these positions in 1989, 25 (18 per cent) were held by women; in 1994, 53 (21 per cent) were held by women.

  (3) The change between 1989 and 1994 is an increase of 28 in the total number of positions held by women. As the number of positions available also increased, the resulting change in the proportion of positions held by women in 1989 and 1994 is 3 per cent.

Table 1: Comparison of proportion of women on boards, councils and committees, 1989 and 1994

October 1989 (1) June 1994

——————————————————————- Percentage

Percent- Percent- change

Total Total age of Total Total age of between

Board/council/ Members Women Women Members Women Women period

committee (No) (No) (%) (No) (No) (%) (%)

* Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Trade Policy Advisory 25 5 22 34 2 6 -16

Council (2)

Natinal Consultative 21 5 24 25 6 24 no change

Committee on Peace

and Disarmament

Editorial Advisory 7 1 14 7 1 14 no change

Board

Australia-China 11 3 27 14 3 21 -6

Council

Australia-Japan 13 2 15 14 3 21 +6

Foundation

Australia-New Zealand 3 2 67 6 1 17 -50

Foundation

Australia-Indonesia 13 3 23 11 3 27 +4

Institute

Australia-France n.a. n.a. n.a. 6 1 17 -

Foundation

Australia Abroad n.a. n.a. n.a. 8 1 13 -

Council

Australia Pacific n.a. n.a. n.a. 19 2 11 -

Economic Cooperation

Committee

Australian National n.a. n.a. n.a. 13 4 31 -

Commission for UNESCO

Australian Antarctic n.a. n.a. n.a. 7 3 43 -

Foundation (3)

Australia India - - - 8 2 25 -

Council (4)

Australia Korea - - - 12 1 8

Foundation (5)

Sub-total DFAT 93 21 23 184 33 18 -5

* Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB)

Committee for 8 3 38 12 6 50 +12

Development

Cooperation (6)

Advisory Group - - - 10 7 70 -

on Heatlh (7)

Advisory Council - - - 15 3 20 -

on Aid Policy (8)

Private Sector - - - 10 1 10 -

Linkages Advisory

Committee (9)

Sub-total AIDAB 8 3 38 47 17 36 -2

* Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

ACIAR Policy 19 1 5 12 1 8 +3

Advisory Council

ACIAR Board 6 nil nil 5 1 20 +20

of Management

Sub-total ACIAR 25 1 4 17 2 12 +8

* Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

Austrade Board 10 nil(10) nil 10 1 10 +10

TOTAL 136 25 18 258 53 21 +3

Notes:

  (1) Earliest readily available data is for October 1989.

  (2) Trade Development Council has been replaced by the Trade Policy Advisory Council. Data for 1989 is for the former body. The Trade Negotiations Advisory Group was disbanded in 1994.

  (3) Australian Antarctic Foundation first met in April 1991.

  (4) Australia India Council was established in May 1992.

  (5) Australia Korea Foundation was established in February 1992.

  (6) 50% of the membership of the Committee for Development Cooperation is nominated by the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA)

  (7) Advisory Group on Health was established in 1991.

  (8) Advisory Council on Aid Policy was established in 1993.

  (9) Private Sector Linkages Advisory Committee was established in January 1993.

  (10) There were no female members of the Austrade Board on 21/8/88.

Abbreviations:

  n.a. not available;—not applicable

Source: APPOINT Data base, 30 June 1994, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.