New industry survey highlights increase in female executives

by | Dec 14, 2023

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is pleased to share the Gender and Diversity Survey results for FY2023. For the fourth consecutive year, companies in the forest growing and timber processing sector have voluntarily completed a Gender and Diversity Survey. This is part of an ongoing industry-wide commitment to increase the participation of women across the workforce.

The 2023 survey was completed by 23 companies. The key finding shows a positive trend in the increasing number of female employees in the industry and highlights an increase in female executive roles in both forest grower and timber processing sectors. Over the past two years, the proportion of female executives has increased from 20 per cent (27 roles) in 2021 to 29 per cent (42 roles) in 2023.

“As a female executive in this historically male-dominated industry, it is great to see gender diversity improving, clearly recognising and realising the benefits of diverse thinking at a strategic level,” said Katie Fowden, General Manager at Hyne Timber and Board Member at FWPA.

“The gender diversity at industry events has completely transformed in recent years and it is vital that the leaders in our industry, whether male or female, continue to support such opportunities. Appreciating that gender is only one aspect of diversity, as an industry, we need to be cognisant of the broader opportunities diversity can deliver,” Ms Fowden said.

Erick Hansnata, Statistics and Economics Manager at FWPA added that the survey is vital to ensuring accurate and up-to-date information is collected and reflects positive developments within the industry.

“The ongoing FWPA member commitment to the diversity and inclusion survey plays a key role in providing key information for the industry, reflecting their positive efforts in the diversity and inclusion policy area,” Mr Hansnata said.

For more information or to find out how your company can participate in the survey, please contact Erick Hansnata, Statistics and Economics Manager Forest & Wood Products Australia Ltd, at or phone 0411 060 186.