Why board diversity matters

Boards are more effective when they represent the diverse voices of the community.

We need members with a range of experiences. Multiple perspectives help boards make meaningful decisions.

This is why we want more diverse people to join a public board including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Culturally diverse
  • People with disability
  • Women
  • Youth

How we support public sector diversity


We need more women on boards(opens in a new window).

More women on boards brings diversity in skills and perspectives.

In the past, women were under-represented on Victorian public boards.

So in March 2015, we set a 50% target that all new appointments to major boards be women.

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People with disability

Even though 20% of Victorians identify as having a disability, only about 1% are board members. This needs to change.

We want people living with disability to be on our public boards.

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People

Only 1.3% of board members are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

And we want to increase this.

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LGBTIQ+ Equality

Many people in Victoria identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning.

And we want more of them on public boards.

Public sector organisations across Victoria have action plans to make them more inclusive.

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Cultural Diversity

We want the cultural diversity of Victoria’s community to be reflected on our boards.

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