Supporting women in leadership

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Health

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to creating a more inclusive Tasmania, that empowers women to fully participate in our economic, social, political and community life.

The Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Program (the Program) is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). The Program offers several corporate governance course scholarships to increase leadership skills of Tasmanian women. This year, the Program focussed on industries where women are traditionally under-represented.

Applications for the 2019-20 Program have recently closed, attracting a strong field of 73 applicants. The selection process has now been completed and I would like to congratulate the six successful applicants that have been awarded scholarships:

  • Jillian Aylett-Brown: Forestry
  • Rachel Brown: Agriculture
  • Davina Gregory-Dunsmuir: Agriculture
  • Abigail Foley: Engineering/construction
  • Jo Fearman: Aquaculture
  • Phillipa Sims: Aquaculture

As at 30 September 2019, women comprised 44.5 per cent representation on Tasmanian Government boards and committees. In July 2015, the Women on Boards Strategy was released, at which time women held 33.8 per cent of all board positions.

Programs like this partnership with the AICD ensure that the number of Women on Tasmanian boards and committees continues to grow.

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