Queensland's woman-led Cabinet to encourage women to lead

State member for Bundamba Jo Ann Miller with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo: Contributed
State member for Bundamba Jo Ann Miller with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo: Contributed Contributed

THE Cabinet that is made up of more women than men is bringing back a program to put more women in leadership roles.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has put out a call to women across the state to "represent their communities" in government bodies.

"This weekend we will start advertising for expressions of interest to build a strong register of women to fill vacancies as they arise across government bodies," she told Queensland Parliament.

"We are seeking women with expertise across a range of disciplines, including corporate finance and economics, commercial business, human resources, community, stakeholder engagement and legal.

"We want women to formally register their interest so we have a bank of women to approach as vacancies arise."

Ms Palaszczuk said only 31% of the 320 Queensland government bodies had women on their boards.

"It is time for Queensland to benefit from this wealth of untapped experience and set a positive example for industry to follow," she said.

Women's Minister Shannon Fentiman said the former Labor government had a women-on-boards strategy that helped increase women's representation on Queensland government boards and bodies from 33.5% to 56.1% over six years.

But she said the LNP axed the program in 2012.


Topics:  politics

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