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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 132

(Question No. 250)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 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 Robert Ray —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 Per cent

Date Male Female membership women

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

21 AUG 1988 4 0 4 0

27 MAY 1993 4 0 4 0

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

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

21 AUG 1988 0 10 10 100

27 MAY 1993 0 10 10 100

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Non-Government Schools Funding Review Committee (NGSFRC)

21 AUG 1988 4 2 6 33.3

27 MAY 1993 3 3 6 50.0

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +16.7%F

Commonwealth New Schools Committees

21 AUG 1988 21 2 23 8.7

27 MAY 1993 19 4 23 17.4

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +8.7%F

Commonwealth Employment Service Advisory Committee (CESAC)

21 AUG 1988 5 0 5 0

27 MAY 1993 4 3 7 42.9

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +42.9%F

Australian-American Education Foundation Board of Directors

21 AUG 1988 3 1 4 25

27 MAY 1993 3 1 5 * 25

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

* There are now five positions on the Board, 1 is currently vacant

General Academic Panel of the National Office of Overseas Skills

Recognition (NOOSR)

21 AUG 1988 7 2 9 22.2

27 MAY 1993 7 2 9 22.2

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Technical Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 4 1 5 20

27 MAY 1993 4 1 5 20

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Social Welfare Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 2 4 6 66.7

27 MAY 1993 2 4 6 66.7

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Architecture Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 5 0 5 0

27 MAY 1993 5 0 5 0

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Teaching Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 5 1 6 17

27 MAY 1993 9 7 16 43.8

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +26.8%F

Veterinary Science Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 8 0 8 0

27 MAY 1993 8 1 9 11

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +11%F

Dietetics Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 1 3 4 75

27 MAY 1993 1 3 4 75

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION 0%

Occupational Therapy Panel of NOOSR

21 AUG 1988 0 5 5 100

27 MAY 1993 1 6 7 86

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION -14%F

Student Assistance Review Tribunals

21 AUG 1988 60 40 100 40

27 MAY 1993 40 53 93 57

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +17%F

Combined figures for all the above boards, councils and committees

21 AUG 1988 129 71 200 35.5

27 MAY 1993 110 98 209* 47.1

GENDER-BALANCE VARIATION +11.6%F

* 1 position is vacant in the Australian-American Education Foundation Board of Directors