South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


52. Women:

Have women comprising half of the public sector employees in the executive levels (including Chief Executives) by 2014 and maintain thereafter

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

As at June 2017, 48% of public sector executives were women, an increase of 0.97 percentage points from June 2016 and an increase of 18.6 percentage points from 2003 (the baseline).

Various initiatives are underway to support equal representation of women in executive roles.  The Office for the Public Sector has released a ‘Gender Equality in Leadership Strategy’ in collaboration with the Office for Women, and the Equal Opportunity Commission to identify interventions to increase and sustain the number of women in executive positions.  The strategy identifies actions to:

  • Increase visible accountability for achieving the target
  • Ensure the pipeline to executive leadership is sustainably gender balanced at all levels
  • Change bias and cultural impediments to inclusive leadership
  • Create workplaces that empower women and leverage flexible working arrangements.

The definition of an ‘executive’ includes Public Sector Act 2009 appointments, other statutory and constitutional appointments, managers, Chief Executive Officers, professional specialists, medical officers, nurses and legal services officers employed at the executive level across the Administrative Units and Other Public Sector Organisations.


Lead Agency

Office for the Public Sector

Disaggregated data

Indigenous Status