4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2015  
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The Democracy, Governance and Citizenship section contains the following sub-topics:
  • Leadership roles
  • Recognition of outstanding achievement and service


Proportion of women in Senior Executive Service positions in the Australian Public Service is stable

Latest data from the Australian Public Service Commission shows that women occupied 40% of Senior Executive Service positions, and 47% of Executive Level positions in the Australian Public Service in 2014. These figures are unchanged from 2013.

GRAPH: Senior Executive Service (a) and Executive Level Managers (b) (ongoing) in the Australia Public Service (c)

Graph Image for Senior Executive Service (a) and Executive Level Managers (b) (ongoing) in the Australian Public Service (c)

Footnote(s): (a) Male Senior Executive Service staff and Female Senior Executive Service staff as a proportion of all SES staff; (b) Male Executive Level staff and Female Executive Level staff as a proportion of all Executive Level staff; (c) Reference period is at 30 June each year

Source(s): Unpublished data based on the Australian Public Service Statistical Bulletin, Australian Public Service Commission, Canberra

Data from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library shows that with the commencement of a new Senate in July 2014, the proportion of women in the Senate has declined from 41.3% women in 2014 to 38.2% women in 2015.

Data as of 2015 also shows that the number of women in Cabinet has increased from 1 to 2.


A visual representation of Federal parliamentarians and ministers, from the Democracy, Governance and Citizenship domain is shown below. Simply go to the graph and click on the 'Play' button to see changes in the data over time.

Details of the data used to create the graphs, and the original data sources, can be found in the relevant Data Cubes on the Downloads tab.

Graph Image for Parliamentarians, ministers and cabinet ministers