However this is not an issue unique to local government. In March 2015, the Victorian State Government announced a target for 50 per cent of public board positions to be filled by women. The figure was 38 per cent at the time.
Women now hold half of all paid positions on public boards in Victoria, with 1,459 of the 2,925 paid public board positions occupied by women.
"We know as a Government and we know as a community if we can have boards and companies that reflect the wider community we'll get better decision making, better profitability," said Fiona Richardson, the Victorian Minister for Women, said setting a target led to the sharp increase in female representation on boards.