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Board diversity matters

The NSW community is diverse, and diversity has a place in the NSW Government. This is why we want to ensure a diverse mix of people join NSW government boards, including:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • women
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • young people aged 24 years or under
  • people with disability
  • the LGBTIQ+ community

If you belong to one of these groups, we especially encourage you to join the register and apply for positions on NSW boards that match your skills and experiences.

How we support diversity on public boards

As the traditional owners of our lands, it is important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are well represented on our boards. We want more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on NSW boards and committees.

Women make up half of our community and we want to see this reflected in our board members. More and more women are joining boards across Australia. The percentage of board positions filled by women in Australia has risen from 41% in 2016 to 51% in 2022.

We want the cultural diversity of our communities to be reflected on our government boards. This helps the government make decisions that support our communities and cultures.

Young people are the future of our community and government, and we want to increase their voices on our boards.

Over 18% of people in NSW have a disability, but the proportion on boards is much lower. We want to increase this.