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Transcript 10857

GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT DECISION MAKING

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 27/03/1998

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 10857

I am pleased to announce that the Federal Government has taken

another step in securing greater choice for women with an initiative

to place more highly qualified women on Commonwealth boards and agencies.

The Government today launches the Executive Search Pilot Programme

in a bid to further increase the representation of women on over 750

board and agency positions within the Commonwealth Government.

Executive search firm Profile Ray & Berndtson will conduct a nationwide

search for suitably qualified women with high level skills across

a variety of fields.

The Government will also implement an "early warning system"

for all Commonwealth portfolios whereby the Office of Status of Women

will put forward details of suitably qualified women for upcoming

board vacancies approximately six months before any position arises.

Representation by women on Commonwealth Boards is now over 30 percent

but the Government will do more to provide additional support and

assistance for women in business.

The Government is also working with the Australian Council of Businesswomen

on a National Women's Leadership Project to select and train

suitable women candidates for possible appointments to private sector

boards.

Additionally, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia

(CEDA) has agreed in principle to supply mentors for participants

in the project and to provide networking at a very high level to maximise

opportunities.

The Government is also working with the Business Council of Australia

to identify the needs of women in small business and to foster a friendlier

environment for women entering small business.

These initiatives build upon my Government's strong commitment

to all women and will provide them with the choice, opportunity and

flexibility to develop their full potential in the workplace, home

and with the family.

27 March 1998

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