Smashing the barriers faced by female public sector leaders

This year I interviewed dozens of senior women public servants about their career aspirations. My findings shed light on the barriers women still experience to becoming senior leaders, and how these can be overcome.

Australia’s public sector is female-dominated, yet parity in the most senior leadership cohort is elusive. In 2021, women made up 60.2% of employees in the Australian Public Service but only comprised 44.6% of the most senior levels of senior executive service bands 2 and 3.

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