What does it mean to be a board or committee member?
Being part of a Government board, committee or advisory body (collectively referred to as
boards) is an opportunity to make a difference and contribute to Western Australia.
How do boards contribute to Government?
Boards provide leadership, direction and purpose and ensure good governance and effective systems are in place to shape, enable and oversee the management of a public sector body.
Boards are not generally responsible for the day-to-day operations of the public sector bodies they oversee. That responsibility falls to the Chief Executive Officer of each body.
What is the role of a board member?
Being a board member allows you to lend your skills and experience to support public sector decision-making. Each board, committee or advisory body needs different skills, experiences and voices to contribute to effective governance.
Board members also provide a link with the community and stakeholders. These roles are respected and carry the trust of the community, requiring a high level of responsibility and accountability.
For more information and resources to assist board members, see the Be Board Ready page.
What kinds of opportunities are available?
Boards span numerous portfolios and interest areas—including health, community services, environment, Aboriginal affairs, sport and recreation and housing. Their functions vary and may include responsibilities for engaging in commercial activities, regulation or registration activities, policy or coordination responsibilities, or providing independent and expert advice to Government.
A list of all current State Government boards, committees and advisory bodies is available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.
Who should register?
There are opportunities for persons of all genders, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, professional experiences and nationality. Anyone with an interest in contributing to good government as a board or committee member should register.
The Encouraging Diversity page includes information about those groups being specifically targeted and encouraged to register their interest via OnBoardWA.