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Government Wasting No Time Appointing Women To Boards

05 May 2017

The Andrews Labor Government continues to encourage greater gender equity and diversity across Government Boards.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the appointment of seven new Chair and 19 Director positions to Victoria’s regional waste and resource recovery boards.

In another boost for diversity, five of the seven four-year chairperson roles have been filled by women, with the percentage of women in director positions now up eight per cent.

The appointed Directors were nominated by Local Government Waste Forums and will ensure the Boards have the required leadership, skills and experience to operate effectively.

The appointment process is an important step forward in addressing greater diversity on these boards and the traditionally low levels of female representation in the local government waste sector.

These appointments increase board representation of:

  • women among chairpersons from 14 to 71 per cent
  • women among local government directors on the boards from 19 per cent to 35 per cent
  • women among all group directors from 29 per cent to 37 per cent
  • board directors who identify as Indigenous from zero to 4 per cent
  • board directors who identify as having a disability from 5 to 7 per cent
  • board directors who identify as culturally or linguistically diverse from 7 to 11 per cent

Following the 2016 local government elections, the percentage of female councillors also increased from 35 to 38 per cent, and women now comprise 30 per cent of the local government waste forums.

The Labor Government’s policy is to ensure women are better represented on boards – with a requirement of reaching 50 per cent representation.

For a full list of new appointments visit Link

Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“We welcome these appointments and continue to deliver positive results in the waste and resource recovery sector for the benefit of the environment and Victorians.”

“The more diverse our waste management boards are, the better they will be at making balanced, informed decisions and serving the needs of their local communities.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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