Nominations for the Top 50 Public Sector Women list for NSW close on May 7 and with the representation of women in executive positions in the NSW still lagging behind men, it is critical we work to recognise women who have paved the way.

Nominations for the Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list will be accepted until June 11.

The Top 50 Women Lists for Victoria and the NSW Public Sectors has been developed to focus a spotlight on inspirational female leaders within the public sector, to support and guide them through mentoring and to highlight their work as role models for other women.

While progress is being made to address this imbalance, there is still a substantial amount of work to be done to reach true equality, according toClare McCartin,Davidson’s Group Manager Executive & Boards who are coordinating the list.

Ms McCartin said the Top 50 Public Sector Women list is designed to highlight the inequality in female representation at an executive level within Australia’s state public sectors and to encourage women aspiring to such roles.

“Last year we held the inaugural Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list and the response was quite incredible,” Ms McCartin said.

“We received a lot of submissions from and about women within the Victorian Public Sector who really are leading the way when it comes to showing true leadership in their roles.

“Given the success of the Victorian event, we decided to expand it this year to develop a NSW Public Sector Women List. There is a lot of very good work being done by some remarkable women and it is an honour to be able to share their stories.

“Women who aspire to leadership roles can only ever be encouraged by seeing other women who have gone before them who reached the heights of success. It is attainable and we want to get that message out there and encourage women to strive to reach the heights of success.”

TheNSW Public Service Commission,in its Workforce Profile 2017 report identified some progress in closing the wages gaps between genders in the past decade with the gap dropping from an average $1,800 in 2007 to $252 in 2017.

At this rate, gender parity in pay within the NSW Public Sector should be closed by 2019.

The same report found that while women account for 64.6 per cent of the public sector workforce across NSW, they make up just 37.4 per cent of executive level positions – or just 1,581 or 4,229 leadership roles in the sector. This is an increase of 1.3 per cent year-on-year.

“While this percentage was the highest it has ever been, women were still substantially underrepresented in this cohort, especially given their prominence in the Government Sector,” the report declared.

In Victoria, the level of female representation in executive positions is significantly better at 48 per cent in January 2017, an impressive jump from just 35 per cent in 2006, data from theVictorian Public Sector Commission(VPSC) reveals.

“Women now form a clear majority of executives at the EO 3 level and at four of the seven departments,” a report from the VPSC stated. “However the proportion of women executives varies significantly between departments from a low of 37 per cent to a high of 65 per cent.”

Leaders who make it onto the Top 50 list for 2018 will receive the following:

  • Publication in the Top 50 Women Public Sector Women list. Finalists will be invited to attend an exclusive event where all Listees will be announced.
  • Exposure and networking opportunities with successful leaders in the public sector.
  • Invitations for the Top 50 Alumnae to networking and thought leadership events held by Davidson.
  • Opportunity to receive one of six Scholarships to Davidson’s Leadership Acceleration Program.
  • Comprehensive Media Kit to promote your inclusion on the list and further build your brand.
  • Dedicated PR campaign profiling the Listees on Davidson social platforms and third-party publications.

Elizabeth Koff,Secretary of NSW Health, said she was delighted to be chairing the panel of judges for the NSW Top 50 Public Sector Women list.

“The Top 50 Women list is a celebration of the outstanding women making exceptional contributions to the NSW Public Sector every day,” she said.

“There is a huge depth of female talent at a senior executive level in the public sector and opportunities to recognise and commend their contributions should be celebrated.”

Ms Koff explained the NSW Government had demonstrated its commitment to redressing the gender imbalance in senior leadership roles through the Driving Public Sector Diversity initiative which has set a target of increasing female representation in leadership roles from the current 33 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025.

Entries are now being taken for both the Victorian and NSW Top 50 lists and the full judging criteria, can be found on the website.

Submissions for the NSW awards close May 8. Nomination details and applications can be foundhere. Winners will be announced at a gala event on July 2.

Submission for the Victoria awards close June 11. Nomination details and applications can be foundhere. Winners will be announced in the week of August 18.

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