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2013-02-22

The Reserve Bank of Australia says it is doing its best to employ more women at what has traditionally been a male-dominated institution.

RBA governor Glenn Stevens told a parliamentary committee on Friday that women occupied only about 30 per cent of management positions at the bank.

"The proportion of women in what we would call managerial positions has gone up a bit in the last couple of years from 25 to 30, but that's still a little low I think," Mr Stevens said in Canberra.

"And we've give a fair bit of thought to whether there are impediments in place that prevent that number being higher.

"I'm not conscious of any, but that is an issue we're continuing to work through."

Mr Stevens said that about two-third of economic graduates were male but 40 per cent of RBA employees were female and around half of those recently employed were women.

"In the latest year we've recruited a little bit closer to more even numbers, which is good, but part of that is that we are recruiting across a wider range of disciplines than just economics and I think that is a good thing for the bank."