MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND TRADE, Australia

30 March 1998 D30

EXECUTIVE PILOT PROGRAM : WOMEN ON BOARDS

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade welcomes the opportunity to participate in a new executive search pilot program to locate suitably qualified women for its boards and foundations.

The department is one of four public sector agencies participating in the program. Under the program, the Department will provide the Office of Status of Women with details of forthcoming vacancies at board levels and provide relevant selection criteria.

OSW has engaged consultants Profile Ray and Berndtson to conduct the nation wide search and locate three or four suitable candidates for vacancies as they arise for consideration by boards.

The Office of the Status of Women will also provide the Department with lists of suitable women from a range of sectors and states and territories six months before vacancies arise, so that they can also be considered.

"We are hopeful the program will locate quality candidates from a range of sectors, " said Ms Ruth Pearce, First Assistant Secretary of the Department's Corporate Management Division.

"The right mix of skills and experience is not always easy to find, so we welcome the opportunity to expand the pool of expertise available to us."