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.