The director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), Helen Conway, has publically warned of impending action on equality if women continue to be kept from board and executive roles.


Ms Conway warned that WGEA would begin to take action against companies “relatively soon” if its warnings on equality measures were not met.


The announcement by Ms Conway comes as only 33 women have been appointed to boards of ASX 200 companies in 2011, compared with a total of 59 in 2010, according to Business Spectator.


Under the ongoing reinvigoration of the Equal Opportunity Agency, companies with over 100 employees will be required to submit reports to the agency against gender equality indicators. The reports will have to be signed off by chief executive and senior employee representatives and will be published online.