4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Jul 2012  
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ASX 200 Index

An index that tracks the top 200 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). The top 200 companies are based on their market capitalisation i.e. the number of shares on issue multiplied by the current share price.

ASX Top 200 Census data for 2002, 2003 and 2004 was based on a population of less than n=200. The 2002 Census (n=152) excluded trusts and overseas based companies, and the 2003 (n=196) and 2004 (n=197) Census de-duplicated several companies listed twice because of the different types of securities listed by the same company (eg. ordinary shares and preferences).

Australian Public Service (APS)

The Australian Public Service (APS) is the Australian federal civil service, the group of people employed by federal departments, agencies and courts under the Government of Australia, to administer the working of the public administration of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Board directors

Those hold a seat on a company board including Executive and Non-Executive members but excluding Alternate Directors.

Executive managers

The most senior person in the organisation (e.g. CEO, MD) and those who report directly to that person, including those based outside Australia. Executive managers include both executive and non-executive directors. From 2010, the term 'executive key management personnel' was adopted.Executive Key Management Personnel

All Key Management Personnel who are executives of the company (thus, excluding all Non-Executive Directors).

Global Industry Coding System (GICS)

The Global Industry Coding System (GICS) is a joint Standard and Poor’s/Morgan Stanley Capital International product aimed at standardising industry definitions. GICS consists of 10 Sectors aggregated from 24 Industry Groups, 67 Industries, and 147 Sub-Industries. Analysis in the Census is at the Industry Group level system used by the Australian Stock Exchange. The Australian market has traditionally been associated with 24 industry sectors unique to this country. GICS consists of 10 economic sectors aggregated from 23 industry groups, 59 industries, and 122 sub-industries currently covering over 12,000 companies globally.

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament, the other being the Senate. It is sometimes referred to as the 'people's house' or the 'house of government'. The House has 150 members and each member represents an electoral division. Members are elected by a system known as preferential voting, under which voters rank candidates in order of preference. Each House of Representatives may continue for up to three years, after which general elections must be held.


An industry is a group of businesses or organisations that undertake similar economic activities to produce goods and services

In this domain industry is classified according to Global Industry Coding System (GICS). This domain uses GICS industry classification as Equal opportunity for Women Agency (EOWA) collects data on industry based on this classification.

In 'Economic Security' domain, industry is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).

Line roles

Positions with responsibility for profit-and-loss or direct client service which include:
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Business Unit Head - Function based; Sales
  • Marketing, Merchandising, Customer Service
  • Production, Manufacturing, Engineering
  • Other line or function
  • Business Unit Head - Region based and other Executive Director.

A member of parliament.


The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, 12 from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories. It shares the power to make laws with the other House of the Parliament, the House of Representatives. The Senate is elected by proportional representation, so that its composition closely reflects the voting pattern of the electors.

Support (staff) roles

Positions that have more of a corporate role with responsibility for supporting Main (or Line) business functions which include:
  • Legal
  • Company Secretary
  • Strategy, Business Development; Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Public Affairs, Communication; Finance, Tax
  • Other Support or Staff and Risk, Underwriting and Compliance.