Minister for Women
Government Board Diversity Scholarship Program
26 May, 2016

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to including more women on Tasmanian boards, which is why the 2016-17 Budget invests in the development of women’s professional and leadership skills.

A partnership arrangement between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) commenced in 2015, with the Government contributing $50 000 a year over three years to provide scholarships for women to undertake AICD courses under the Government Board Diversity Scholarship Program.

These scholarships are giving more Tasmanian women the opportunity to learn important leadership and decision making skills from trained mentors, and equip them with the knowledge they will need to serve as company directors or on government boards and committees.

The Liberal Government’s Women on Boards Strategy 2015-2020 includes a commitment to increase representation of women on Government boards and committees to 50 per cent by 2020.

We are seeing a successful change through the Women on Boards Strategy. In less than 12 months women’s representation on government boards has gone up from 33.8 per cent to 38.7 per cent – an increase of 4.9 percentage points, or 14.5 per cent.

The 2016 Government Board Diversity Scholarship Program will open for applications in the latter half of 2016.