Continuing our Progress

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The Tasmanian Government is committed to increasing diversity and the representation of women on Tasmanian Government boards and committees.

On 22 November 2020, the Tasmanian Government released the ‘Women on Boards Strategy 2020-2025: Continuing our progress’. The Strategy builds upon the progress made under the ‘Women on Boards Strategy 2015-2020’, with a refreshed set of actions to deliver the target of 50 per cent representation of women across Government boards and committees.

The Strategy includes practical actions across four focus areas:

  • Strengthen pathways;
  • Create contemporary systems and processes;
  • Influence change; and
  • Monitor equity.

As at 30 June 2020, women held 46.4 per cent of positions on all Government boards and committees. This is an increase of 12.6 per cent since the release of the first ‘Women on Boards Strategy 2015-2020’ in 2015, when 33.8 per cent of all board positions were held by women.

Women on Boards Strategy 2020-2025

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Increasing Women's participation on Boards and Committees

On 1 July 2015, the Tasmanian Government released the Women on Boards Strategy 2015-20: A Five-Year Plan for Improving Gender Equity on Tasmanian Government Boards and Committees.

The Strategy outlined actions for increasing women’s participation on government boards and committees. It also complemented the Tasmanian Women’s Strategy 2018-21 and helped break down the barriers that produce inequities for women and girls.

Tasmanian Women's Register

The Tasmanian Women’s Register is a secure database of women who have indicated an interest in being appointed to Government boards and committees. The Register is administered by Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) in the Department of Communities Tasmania.

The Register is maintained in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004. You may add or remove your name from the register or amend your details any time by emailing womens.register@communities.tas.gov.au

Agencies undertaking board and committee vacancies should consult with the Women’s Register officer by phoning:

  • (03) 6165 8350; or
  • Toll free 1800 009 501

Email position details to: womens.register@communities.tas.gov.au

Use of the Register will be noted by Cabinet as part of the Appointment briefings process.

Other State and Territory Government board registers

Women on State Sporting Organisation Boards

Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) is committed to providing leadership to the Tasmanian sporting sector in the key area of governance. Through the provision of resources, CSR supports the sector to implement governance structures that promote diversity in senior roles of sports governance. CSR is committed to monitoring female representation on State Sporting Organisation boards as a baseline measure of diversity in the sector.

Board Diversity Scholarships

The Government Board Diversity Scholarship Program is a joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The Program aims to increase the number of Tasmanian women with the skills needed to serve as a Company Director and as members of government boards and committees.

This year, the Program is encouraging emerging leaders, seeking applications for women working in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism and hospitality, building and construction sectors with scholarships for the Foundations of Directorship course.

The Foundations of Directorship course 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.

With 81 scholarships awarded to Tasmanian women since 2015, the program is one way the Tasmanian Government is working to further women’s leadership and representation on Government boards and committees, and across the industries critical to our recovery from COVID-19.

Information on the Program is available by calling the AICD on 1300 739 119 or emailing tas@aicd.com.au

Useful links and resources

Useful links and resources


Contact Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR)

Phone: 03 6165 8388
Toll-free phone: 1800 204 224
Fax: 03 6173 0257
Email: csr@communities.tas.gov.au

View the full contact details for CSR, including our North and North-West regional offices.

National Relay Service

If you are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service:

  • TTY users phone 133 677, then ask for 03 6165 8388
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 6165 8388
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS www.relayservice.gov.au then ask for 03 6165 8388.

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