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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 130

Question Nos. 246 and 253


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 20 May 1993:

  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 —On behalf of both the Minister for Trade and myself, 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), 1992 (the latest year for which data is readily available) and the percentage change between these years.

The information in Table 1 shows that:

  (1) In 1989, 141 positions were available for appointment; in 1992, 217 positions were available; the resulting change is an increase of 76 over the period.

  (2) Of these positions in 1989, 24 (17 per cent) were held by women; in 1992, 39 (18 per cent) were held by women.

  (3) The change between 1989 and 1992 is an increase of 15 in the total number of positions held by women. This represents an increase of 1 per cent over the period.

Table 1: Comparison of proportion of women on boards, councils and committees, 1989 and 1992

Board/ October 1989 (1))

council/

committee

————————————————————————————-

Total Total Percentage

Members Women of women (%)

(No.) (No.)

Trade< Development

Council 25 5 22

Trade Negotiations

Advisory Group 19 2 11

National Consultative

Committee on Peace

and Disarmament 21 5 24

Editorial Advisory Board< 7 1 14

Australia-China Council (3) 11 3 27

Australia-Japan

Foundation 13 2 15

Australia-New Zealand

Foundation 3 2 67

Australia-Indonesia

Institute (3) 13 3 23

Australia-France

Foundation n.a. n.a. n.a.

Australia Abroad

Council n.a. n.a. n.a.

Australia Pacific

Economic Cooperation

Committee n.a. n.a. n.a.

Australian National

Commission for

UNESCO n.a. n.a. n.a.

Australian Antarctic

Foundation n.a. n.a. n.a.

Committee for Development

Cooperation (4) n.a. n.a. n.a.

Advisory Group

on Health n.a. n.a. n.a.

Australian Centre

for International

Agricultural Research

(ACIAR) Policy

Advisory Council 19 1 5

ACIAR Board of

Management (3) n.a. n.a. n.a.

Austrade Board 10 nil(5) nil

TOTAL 141 24 17

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Board/ June 1992 (2)) Percentage

council/ change

committee between

—————————————————————————————- period (%)<

Total Total Percentage

Members Women of women (%)

(No.) (No.)

Trade< Development

Council 27 1 4 -18

Trade Negotiations

Advisory Group 19 2 11 no change

National Consultative

Committee on Peace

and Disarmament 21 5 24 no change

Editorial Advisory Board< 7 1 14 no change

Australia-China Council (3) 13 2 15 -12

Australia-Japan

Foundation 7 3 43 +28

Australia-New Zealand

Foundation 7 2 29 -38

Australia-Indonesia

Institute (3) 13 2 15 -8

Australia-France

Foundation 6 nil nil -

Australia Abroad

Council 8 1 13 -

Australia Pacific

Economic Cooperation

Committee 19 2 11 -

Australian National

Commission for

UNESCO 13 4 31 -

Australian Antarctic

Foundation 6 3 50 -

Committee for Development

Cooperation (4) 12 5 42 -

Advisory Group

on Health 10 3 30 -

Australian Centre

for International

Agricultural Research

(ACIAR) Policy

Advisory Council 14 2 14 +9

ACIAR Board of

Management (3) 5 nil - -

Austrade Board 10 1 10 +10

TOTAL 217 39 18 +1

Abbreviations:

n.a.—not applicable

not applicable

Notes:

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

(2)   Latest readily available data is for 1991-92 financial year. Data will be updated at 30 June 1993 and reported in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report, 1992-93.

(3)   Members are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(4)  Members are nominated by the Director General of AIDAB and the Australian Council for Overseas Aid.

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

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report 1991-92, AGPS, Canberra.