Australian Government


Joining BoardLinks

Supporting women into leadership and decision-making roles is important for both women and business.

All candidates in the BoardLinks database have been personally endorsed by a:

  • BoardLinks Champion;
  • Australian Government Minister; or
  • Australian Government Departmental Secretary.

How can I be nominated?

To become a BoardLinks candidate you need to be nominated by an endorser to BoardLinks.

We appreciate that not everyone seeking registration on the BoardLinks database has an existing relationship with a BoardLinks Champion. As well as the BoardLinks Champions, women can also be endorsed by Australian Government Departmental Secretaries and by Ministers. You may wish to approach a senior person or mentor in your current place of work to recommend you to a Minister, Departmental Secretary or Champion for consideration.

What else can I do to be appointed to an Australian Government board?

You may need to try several approaches depending on the board you are interested in.
Some tips offered by existing board members include:

  • getting involved in networks that may be associated with a particular board or industry;
  • contacting a Board directly to let them know you are interested in an appointment;
  • reviewing the websites of portfolio departments for information about their activities and operations, including their functions and boards;
  • monitoring broader sources for information about board vacancies including national newspapers and executive search companies.

Am I qualified to sit on an  Australian Government board?

As you might expect, there is no uniform criteria for appointment to Government boards. The need for certain skills, knowledge and experience will depend on the purpose, size and type of board.

Some of the types of skills required by Australian Government boards include:

  • senior management or board experience (including as a CEO);
  • rural or regional location work experience;
  • diversity of cultural background;
  • subject matter/technical expertise;
  • financial management experience;
  • highly developed accounting or audit experience; and
  • highly developed international experience.

Visit the Australian Government Directory to find out about board appointments, authoritative listings of government organisations and key staff in agencies.