Notice of Motion – Launch of Fact Sheets
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
10 March, 2015


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

(1) Gender inequality is present in all societies, with women and girls facing particular challenges and discrimination at school, work, home and in the broader community in relation to their gender.

(2) The Tasmanian Government has a strong foundation for positive change through the implementation of the Tasmanian Women’s Plan 2013-2018.

(3) The Tasmanian Women’s Plan 2013-2018 aims for equality for all women and girls, and their full participation in the economic, social, political and community life of Tasmania.

(4) The Hodgman Liberal Government has been working with the University of Tasmania’s Gender and Policy Strategy Group, led by Doctor Megan Alessandrini, to provide an updated statistical snapshot of women and girls in Tasmania.

(5) Yesterday, we launched a series of women’s Fact Sheets at the International Women’s Day Breakfast, following on from the Women and Girls in Tasmania statistical report that the Government published two years ago.

(6) The data comes from a wide range of published sources and can be used by government, non-government and private sectors to inform policy development and service delivery, for example, in regard to the gender wage gap.

(7) Importantly, the Fact Sheets provide a unique baseline profile by bringing together a range of data relevant at the commencement of the Women’s Plan in 2013 that span its six outcome areas – Health and Wellbeing; Economic Security and Financial Independence; Education and Training; Housing and Homelessness; Safety and Justice; and Leadership and Community Participation.

(8) The Fact Sheets are available from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website – www.dpac.tas.gov.au

(9) The Tasmanian Government is committed to addressing the underlying factors which create and maintain gender inequality and empowering and enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. We are actively working to ensure that policies, programs and services are responsive to the needs of women and girls; are representative of their views; and reduce barriers to their participation.