Key decision makers

The commitment of key decision-makers is critical to achieving gender parity. Without it, gender parity will not occur and the benefits will not be realised.


Put simply, decision-makers have the power to change the status quo. To achieve change in Queensland, more decision-makers need to step up and change the game by advocating for the value of gender parity and challenging the status quo. By serving as a visible champion of gender parity, decision-makers set the tone for broader cultural change.

So where should decision-makers focus to have the biggest impact?

The 4A’s Framework has been designed to help decision-makers become agents of change. There is a focus on individual role modelling (focussing on mindsets and behaviours) as well as influencing and holding others accountable. Together, these can be thought of in terms of Alignment, ArticulationAction and Accountability.

Use the Maturity index tool (PDF) or (DOCX), based on the four A's framework, to assess your current position and then look towards developing an Action Plan. When action planning, think about this in terms of actions for Self, Team, Board, and Industry which collectively will help Queensland boards to become agents of change.

Twelve Powerful Actions for Change

Using the framework of Alignment, Articulation, Action and Accountability, the decision-maker action plan contains twelve powerful actions that individuals can take to help change the status quo.

Having a critical mass of key decision-makers undertake these steps will have a demonstrable impact on the achievement of gender parity targets, and promote diversity and inclusion across Queensland, government, business and community organisations more broadly.

We recommend that you:

  1. Read and reflect on the 12 Powerful Actions to Change the Status Quo.
  2. Make a public pledge to support achievement of the Queensland Government’s gender parity targets.
  3. Use the Action plan template for key decision makers (DOCX) to set your goals – from the list of 12 or others you have identified - and take action.

Develop your action plan

Decision-makers can become agents of change. Read the action plan's 12 powerful actions to change the status quo.

Action plan guide

Support resources and advice is available to help decision-makers take action.