Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 - Board Diversity Scholarships
Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis is inviting Adelaide’s ‘board ready’ women to apply for Australian Government-backed scholarships aimed at increasing the number of women in the nation’s boardrooms.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors has today called for applications for 70 places in the second round of the Board Diversity Scholarship Program.

The Australian Government is providing $225,000 towards this second round of the scholarships, with Company Directors providing a matching contribution.

“The scholarships are open to all Australian women – and it would be great to see ‘board ready’ women from Adelaide benefitting from this initiative,” Mrs Ellis said.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally and linguistically diverse women, women from rural and regional communities, women with disabilities, and women working in the not for profit sector are particularly encouraged to apply.

“There is a body of evidence showing that organisations with a diverse mix of skills, backgrounds and experience on their boards benefit significantly from improved performance,” Ms Ellis said.

The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, said recent Company Directors’ data shows women comprise 14.5 per cent of directors and 3 per cent of chairpersons in the nation’s top 200 companies.

“Australian women are continuing to be excluded from major decision-making roles.

“These scholarships will allow more women to fulfil their potential, providing Australia and the Australian economy with the benefit of their skills and expertise,” Ms Collins said.

Scholarships recipients undertake the Company Directors Course or Mastering the Boardroom course and receive a one-year AICD membership.

Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis said this initiative complements the Government’s commitment to increase the representation of women on Government Boards through its target of at least 40 per cent women by 2015.

“Women’s representation on Australian Government Boards has risen to an all-time high of 35.3 per cent,” Ms Ellis said.

“Change in the composition of boards can be a gradual process, but the Gillard Government is proving that change is achievable.”

Applications for the second round of Board Diversity Scholarships close on 11 October.

For more information or to apply for the Scholarship program, visit www.companydirectors.com.au/diversityscholarship

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