There are a number of organisations that provide a centralised registry for people who are interested in finding board positions. Organisations then utilise these directories to find suitable potential board candidates. These great (and free!) registers are places you should add and maintain your details on today:
This register is available nationally and is managed by the Australian Sports Commission. As the name states, it has been set up for women only as part of the Commission’s governance objectives to get more women on the boards of state and national sporting bodies.
The South Australian Government manages this database of people who are interested in joining a government board and/or committee. It is open to everyone and is set up to ensure that the right balance of skills and experience, gender and cultural diversity exists on these boards.
These state-based registers also exist in other states and territories. A quick search on Google will help to lead you to the one for your state.
This register is maintained by the Government of South Australia Office for Women. Initially established to improve the gender balance on State Government boards and committees in South Australia, the database is available to search for anyone seeking to recruit more women for their board or committee.
This register is available nationally for individuals looking to join not-for-profit organisations. It is managed by Community Business Bureau (CBB). For women and men.
A service provided by the Institute of Community Directors Australia where you can search for community group board vacancies. For women and men.
BoardLinks is a register that gives women an opportunity to be considered for appointment to a variety of Australian Government boards. It is managed by the Australian Government. You can now self-nominate to this register. However, you are encouraged to also be endorsed by a ‘BoardLink Champion‘, Australian Government Minister, or Australian Government Departmental Secretary if possible.
A searchable database of South Australia and Northern Territory board vacancies (and other volunteer positions). Check out Volunteering Australia for available positions across other states and territories.
A national database of volunteer board and other vacancies.
Wondering how best to use board registers as part of your board search strategy? Check out this article here for three ways to maximise your success when using board registers.