This paper reports the results of a survey of members of the Australian business community. Amongst other findings, statistics are provided for men's and women's beliefs on: whether equal opportunities exist for women in recruitment, promotion and executive appointment; the importance of parity, as judged by respondents at different levels of organisations; men's and women's aspirations to leadership positions; and the perceived commitment of management to diversity programmes.
The study found that while a majority among both genders believe equal opportunities are important for women aspiring to leadership, a majority also believe these do not currently exist. Women are sceptical of existing gender diversity initiatives due to apparent disinterest at senior levels. Three major inhibitors of diversity programmes are identified, and action points are recommended to cement change.