Harmony Week bringing together Tasmania

Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Harmony Week bringing together Tasmania

Monday, 18 March 2019

Tasmania is a vibrant and inclusive community, and Harmony Week is a chance to celebrate the diversity that makes our state so great.

Welcoming diversity in our community is even more important now than ever before, following the tragedy in Christchurch.

Harmony Week coincides with Harmony Day, which is celebrated nationally on March 21, and provides us all with the opportunity to celebrate Tasmania’s success as a multicultural island and to promote unity, understanding and respect for all individuals who call Tasmania home.

The Tasmanian Government aims to foster an inclusive, cohesive and open community where differences in backgrounds, cultures and religion are valued and respected.

Each day, Tasmania benefits from the culture, skills, knowledge, experiences, innovation, and personal contributions of the 61,000 Tasmanians born overseas.

These Tasmanians represent 177 countries, speak 159 languages and practice 24 religious faiths. These communities enhance our connections to the rest of the world, and help promote Tasmania as a great place to live, work and invest.

A number of events will be held across Tasmania during Harmony Week, running from 17-23 March. I encourage all Tasmanians to attend an event, which are listed at: www.harmonytasmania.com

Inspirational Tasmanian women recognised on Honour Roll

Minister for Women

Inspirational Tasmanian women recognised on Honour Roll

Friday, 15 March 2019

Tasmania is full of exceptional women from a diverse range of backgrounds, but one thing that unites them is their commitment to advancing the status of women and girls, and making a significant contribution to our state.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to empowering and promoting the dedication and hard work of women, while ensuring their achievements are never forgotten.

Today, we recognise some of these inspirational women through their induction onto the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.

The Honour Roll plays an important role in preserving the stories of women and women’s organisations, and is a chance for the whole community to discover more about the contributions and achievements of Tasmanian women.

Among the pioneering women being included on the Honour Roll are one of Tasmania’s first female pilots, the late-Frances Jackson, who took to the skies in the 1930s; Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner, Donna Adams; Tasmania’s first female Judge Shan Tennent, and Catherine MacNamara, the first female salaried paramedic in Tasmania.

Many of the women being inducted onto the Honour Roll have given decades of voluntary service. Artist Maureen Miller has volunteered for over 72 years helping to raise funds for hospital auxiliaries and health, while the late Josephine Denne volunteered with the Bruny Island Country Women’s Association for 76 years.

The full list of women being inducted onto the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women in 2019 is available at: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csr/programs-and-services/tasmanian_honour_roll_of_women

Better balance equals better Tasmania

Minister for Women

Better balance equals better Tasmania

Friday, 8 March 2019

International Women’s Day is the global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women and this year’s theme is Balance for Better.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to creating a more equal Tasmania, and has led the way with initiatives aimed at achieving positive change for women and girls.

While International Women’s Day is about striving for change to create a more equal world, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come.

When we released our Women on Boards Strategy 2015-2020, the number of women on government boards was 33.8 per cent. Since then, as at December 2018, we have made outstanding progress to now 44.23 per cent – the strongest growth in the nation, since the Strategy’s release, with a 10.43 percentage points increase.

Women also now hold 54.54 per cent of Director positions on Government Business Enterprises and 48.83 per cent of Director positions on State-Owned Companies.

However, there is more work to be done, and the Government has a target of 50 per cent female representation on government boards and committees by 2020.

The State Service is also leading by example in having set a target to have 40 per cent representation of female senior executives in the State Service by 2020. I’m very proud to announce we have already achieved this target, with 41.4 per cent of senior executives now being female – an increase of over 12 percentage points since we came to government.

The State Service will now work towards the goal of achieving 50 per cent females senior executives.

Tasmania has also made great strides in reducing the gender pay gap, and we now have the lowest pay gap in the nation at 9.7 per cent, however with men taking home on average $137.40 more than Tasmanian women, we must continue to reduce that.

I am proud to be part of a Government that is committed to gender equality, and has demonstrated this by making substantial progress in creating a much more inclusive place to live, work, and have a family.

To view the latest Gender Diversity Action Plan, visit: https://bit.ly/2Tns19b

Knocking down the language barriers in Tasmania

Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Knocking down the language barriers in Tasmania

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Tasmania has a thriving multicultural community, however language remains a barrier for many in accessing essential services in Tasmania.

For the first time, the Hodgman Liberal Government’s new Interpreter Training Program will support 20 scholarship recipients to undertake studies in emerging languages.

The Government is committed to creating a strong, confident and inclusive community where all Tasmanians are treated fairly, with respect and have an equal opportunity to engage in Tasmanian life.

The Government has partnered with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to establish the program, which will ensure language is no longer a barrier for our newest Tasmanians.

The 20 scholarships, valued at $1000 each, will help local interpreters enrol in an online training program through RMIT University, while the pilot program will enable face-to-face classes in Hobart and Launceston throughout the course.

Scholarships have been awarded to interpreters in Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Hazaragi, Nepali, Persian, Tigrinya, Punjabi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Tasmanian women share inspiring career stories

Minister for Women

Tasmanian Women share inspiring career stories

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to reducing barriers for women and girls’ economic participation, and building the capability for all Tasmanians to achieve financial independence.

To encourage more women to seek careers in traditionally male-dominated roles within Tasmania’s public service, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment has launched a campaign to encourage young women to join the Agency.

See it. Dream it. Do it. is a project that aims to increase the visibility of women working in DPIPWE’s diverse operational and field based roles.

Launching today, the campaign features five women discussing their careers as a ranger, wildlife officer, biosecurity inspector, research microbiologist and surveyor. The videos will be shown across social media, online and throughout Tasmanian schools.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to growing the number of women involved in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in the State, and programs like See it. Dream it. Do it. illustrates the many opportunities for young women in traditionally male-dominated fields.

The campaign has begun in the lead up to International Women’s Day on March 8, which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women both here in Tasmania, and across the world.

To view the videos, visit: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/about-the-department/careers-at-dpipwe/see-it-dream-it-do-it

For more information about International Women’s Day events being held in Tasmania, visit: www.women.tas.gov.au

Donate big for Tassie’s dogs

Liberal Member for Franklin

Donate big for Tassie’s dogs

Saturday, 23rd February 2019


The Dogs’ Home of Tasmania plays an integral part in caring for abandoned dogs across the State.

The annual Button Day has been the Dogs’ Home’s longest running fundraiser for the past 40 years, and is run across the state in Smithton, Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart. Read More

Massive boost for women’s and girls’ sport in Tasmania

Minister for Sport and Recreation & Minister for Women

Massive Boost for women’s and girls’ sport in Tasmania

Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Providing greater opportunities for women and girls is a key priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government which is why we want to grow female participation in Tasmanian sport.

Our $10 million Levelling the Playing Field program for women’s and girls’ sport facilities is by far the largest investment per capita by any state or territory government, and it proudly shows the Government’s commitment to women’s sport. Read More

Supporting Tassie women and girls

Minister for Women

Supporting Tassie women and girls

Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Supporting and empowering Tasmanian women and girls is a key priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government in creating a more inclusive state.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women, and I’m honoured to announce the recipients of the International Women’s Day Small Grants Program.

The Small Grants Program is a new initiative, providing funding for 24 local organisations across the state to run a wide variety of events for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019 that celebrate and promote the contribution of Tasmanian women.

The Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre will use its grant for hosting a gala dinner, while the Soroptimist International of Circular Head will host an evening function to celebrate the contribution of Circular Head’s unsung heroines.

A list of recipients is available at: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csr/grants_and_community_engagement/international_womens_day_small_grants_program

Football in Tasmania strong and united

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Football in Tasmania strong and united

Wednesday, 13th February 2019


The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of football in Tasmania, and formed a working group last year to establish the Football Tasmania Board. The Board will be the voice for Tasmanian football and will work to unite and strengthen football in the State.

The Board will represent the interests of all footballers and supporters in the State and will comprise representatives from the three regional leagues, the junior leagues, the Tasmanian State League, AFL Tasmania, umpires associations, as well as the regional associations. The Board will work towards two primary goals: to grow grassroots football state-wide and to forge a pathway to a Tasmanian AFL and ALFW team. Read More

Supporting Tassie kids into sport

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Supporting Tassie kids into sport

Thursday, 7th February 2019


The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government today launched the Ticket to Play program, an investment of $3 million which will support around 30,000 children and young people across the state to participate in sport and active recreation.

We are committed to ensuring that all Tasmanians can get involved in sport, and encourage everyone to be more physically and mentally healthy and active. Read More