4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2014  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/02/2014   
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Democracy, Governance and Citizenship

More female federal MPs, but fewer ministers

As at 1 January 2014, 70 out of a total of 224 federal parliamentarians (or 31%) were female. This was the highest level since 1 January 2001.

Between 1 January 2013 and 1 January 2014, the number of female federal ministers declined from 8 to 5, out of a total of thirty ministerial positions. The number of female cabinet ministers also declined from 5 to 1 over this same period.

Male and female federal parliamentarians and ministers, 2001 to 2014

As at 1 January 2014, 170 out of 597 state and territory parliamentarians (or 28%) were female. Although this is higher than the 134 (22%) female state and territory parliamentarians in 2001, it is marginally lower than at any other point in time since 2004.

More women in Australian Public Service leadership roles...

As at 30 June 2013, females held 40% (or 1,082) of all Senior Executive Service (SES) positions in the Australian Public Services (APS). The proportion of females in SES positions has steadily increased from 26% at 30 June 2001.

Between 30 June 2001 and 30 June 2013, the proportion of female Executive Level (EL) APS employees steadily increased from 35% to 47%.

...and on Australian government boards

As at 30 June 2013, women occupied 42% (or 1,685) of all appointments to Commonwealth government boards and bodies. This represented an increase (from 38%) over the previous year.


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