Women's Leadership Scholarships: Board Diversity Scholarship Program 2021-22

Status: CLOSED

Applications closed at 5:00 pm on Monday, 28 March 2022.

The details of the successful applicants will be made publicly available at www.communities.tas.gov.au. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter advising they have been unsuccessful, with details of how to request feedback on their application.


The Tasmanian Government is committed to increasing diversity and the representation of women on boards and committees as well as empowering women to take on leadership positions.

The Women’s Leadership Scholarships: Board Diversity Scholarship Program 2021-22 has been developed in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is intended to increase governance and leadership skills of Tasmanian women to gain greater understanding of Directors’ duties and responsibilities.

The Scholarship Program is part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to achieving gender equality and aims to support the appointment of Tasmanian women to government, private and not-for-profit boards.

Scholarships on offer

Scholarships are provided to successful applicants to complete a board governance course with the AICD. The scholarships on offer in 2022 are:

  • Seven scholarships for the Foundations of Directorship Course
  • Three scholarships for the Company Directors Course

The Foundations of Directorship Course (FOD) is designed for new and aspiring directors, senior executives, and managers wanting to gain a foundational knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors. Find out more about the FOD course here: Foundations of Directorship AICD

The Company Directors Course (CDC) is tailored for experienced directors wishing to take their performance to the next level, as well as for executives and managers who need to understand governance issues in-depth. Find out more about the CDC here: Company Directors Course AICD

Scholarship Dates:

Successful applicants will be able to participate in the relevant AICD course within twelve months of receiving the scholarship. To view the course dates see: Course Calendar (companydirectors.com.au)

*note additional courses will be added throughout 2022.


To be considered for a Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be female*
  • be an Australian Citizen, or hold a visa that enables the applicant to live in Australia for at least the next five years;
  • be a resident of Tasmania;
  • not be disqualified as a director or removed from a Board;
  • be able to commit to commencing a course within 12 months of receiving the scholarship;
  • be able to commit to successfully completing the required course assessment within six months of the course commencement date; and
  • be able to commit to completing all post-course and program surveys.

*Tasmanians who identify as female are encouraged to apply

The program is open to applicants from all industries. Priority may also be given to women in regional and rural areas, women who are emerging leaders, and women in industries where they are traditionally under-represented and in non-traditional fields of employment.


Enquires and requests for further information about this scholarship should be directed to the Contact Officer.

Contact Officer: Rani Cavarretta, (03) 6165 7737 or rani.cavarretta@communities.tas.gov.au