2018 Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Scholarships Announced

Minister for Women
2018 Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Scholarships Announced
08 November, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government has a target of achieving 50 per cent representation of women across government boards and committees by 2050. That is why we introduced our Women on Boards Strategy in July 2015.

Our Women on Boards Strategy Annual Report 2017 shows that since the Strategy’s release in 2015, Tasmania has had the biggest growth of women’s representation on government boards across all states and territories, increasing from 33.8 per cent to 40.1 per cent as of September 2017. Read More

Notice of Motion – Tasmanian Women’s Strategy Survey

Minister for Women
Notice of Motion – Tasmanian Women’s Strategy Survey
18 October, 2017


Mr Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. In early 2018 a new Tasmanian Women’s Strategy 2018-2021 will be launched, building on the achievements of the Tasmanian Women’s Plan 2013-2018.
  2. Since the release of the Tasmanian Women’s Plan, there has been an increased focus and interest on the issue of gender equality in Australia.  This has included nationally-led efforts to address violence against women and the gender pay gap, as well as recognition and promotion of the achievements of women.
  3. The new Tasmanian Women’s Strategy will be a three-year plan to address the inequality experienced by women and girls in Tasmania, with a focus on four priority areas for action:
    1. Economic empowerment
    2. Leadership and participation
    3. Health and wellbeing
    4. Safety
  4. The Strategy will be informed by new research and evidence, as well as approaches to gender equality being adopted and implemented in other jurisdictions.
  5. To ensure our approach to gender equality and identified priorities are ‘on track’ and relevant, an online survey was developed with the aim of engaging the community and seeking public consultation.
  6. The consultation period opened on 9 September 2017 and closed on 13 October 2017.
  7. The survey was accessed through the Women in Tasmania website, distributed through the Women’s mailing list and promoted through the media and the Women in Tasmania Facebook page.
  8. The online survey provided the opportunity for women to outline their experiences of gender equality across the four priority areas and to share ideas on how to achieve gender equality in Tasmania.
  9. At the close of the survey on 13 October 2017, we had reached 24,000 people through social media with 1,391 completed surveys and 11 written submissions from a diverse range of organisations submitted.
  10. This is a phenomenal response and the Hodgman Liberal Government thanks all Tasmanians for their valuable input, their suggestions and advice, into the development of the new Women’s Strategy.

Notice of Motion – Telstra Tasmania Business Women’s Awards 2017

Minister for Women
Notice of Motion – Telstra Tasmania Business Women’s Awards 2017

18 October, 2017


Mr Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. The 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards were held on Friday 13 October 2017.
  2. The Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the many Tasmanian women who are excelling in business, government and across their communities.  This is the 23rd year of the Awards, making it the longest standing national business awards program for women in Australia.

  3. The Award Winners were:
    1. 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year – Toni Moate, Director, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, CSIRO who also won the Public Sector & Academia Award.
    2. Entrepreneur Award – Alison Flakemore, Director, Alison’s Garden & Landscape
    3. For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award – Janine Arnold, CEO, Carers Tasmania
    4. Corporate & Private Award – Camille O’Meara, General Manager, Business Services, Stornoway Maintenance
    5. Young Business Women’s Award – Dr Jessica Manuela, Practice Owner, Dental Surgeon and Director, Dental South
  4. These Tasmanian women can be very proud not only of their achievements but also of the positive example they set for other Tasmanian women. They are exemplary role models for women in our community, especially our young women.
  5. I congratulate Toni Moate and all of the Tasmanian Telstra Business Women Award nominees, finalists and category winners, and wish them all the very best for the national finals in Melbourne on 21 November 2017.

More Women on Tasmanian Government Boards

Minister for Women
More Women on Tasmanian Government Boards
30 September, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government’s Women on Boards Strategy 2015-2020 is helping us to reach our target to increase women’s representation on Tasmanian Government Boards to 50 per cent by 2020.

The Women on Boards Strategy Annual Report 2017 shows that since the Strategy’s release in 2015, Tasmania has had the biggest growth of women’s representation on government boards across all states and territories*, increasing from 33.8 per cent to 40.1 per cent as of September 2017. Read More

Notice of Motion – Foster Carers Week, 2017

Minister for Human Services
Notice of Motion – Foster Carers Week, 2017
12 September, 2017


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1) Foster Carers Week is being celebrated in Tasmania from the 10th to the 16th September, to highlight the commitment of foster and kinship carers in providing safe and supportive care for children and young people who cannot live safely at home; Read More

Interim Commissioner for Children and Young People

Minister for Human Services
Interim Commissioner for Children and Young People
06 September, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania.

I am pleased to announce that on Friday I will recommend to the Governor the appointment of David Clements as the Interim Commissioner for Children and Young People.

With the impending departure of the current Commissioner, Mark Morrissey, we are acting to ensure the position is not left vacant while we undertake a nationwide recruitment process for a permanent Commissioner. Read More

Brain Injury Awareness Week 2017

Minister for Human Services
Brain Injury Awareness Week 2017
17 August, 2017


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Monday 21 August to Sunday 27 August marks Brain Injury Awareness Week, which plays an important role in promoting the awareness and reducing the incidence of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), while also providing opportunities to celebrate the many contributions people with ABI make to our community.
  2. Acquired Brain Injury is a complex disorder that refers to any type of brain damage or neurological disruption occurring after birth. ABI is also a common but hidden disability in the community with the World Health Organisation reporting it affects more than 1.6 million Australians, or one in 12.
  3. The theme for 2017 is Brain Injury in the Military. Brain injury is referred to as the ‘signature injury’ of the wars in the Middle East.
  4. 1 in every 10 Australian Defence Force personnel who has served in the Middle East “reported the criteria for a new mild Traumatic Brain Injury” post-deployment. This is why 2017’s national Awareness Week is being devoted to advancing the recognition of brain injury in the military.
  5. Brain Injury Awareness Week also allows us to recognise the many organisations around Tasmania who do wonderful work in providing awareness, support and practical help to people living with an ABI in our community.
  6. To support Brain Injury Awareness Week, more information can be found at www.biat.org.au/biat-bia-week

New Round of Scholarships for Women Aspiring to Lead

Minister for Women
New Round of Scholarships for Women Aspiring to Lead
17 August, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring women have more opportunities to gain leadership roles in our community.

Our partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is helping to achieve this by giving more Tasmanian women the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to serve on boards. Read More

Homelessness Week 2017

Minister for Human Services
Homelessness Week 2017
07 August, 2017


A key priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting Tasmanians in need, which is why we have continued to invest in our $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan in the 2017-18 Budget.

Our innovative housing plan is the most comprehensive housing strategy ever undertaken in this State, delivering affordable housing options for 1600 Tasmanian households over four years. Read More