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Women on Tasmanian boards and committees

Increasing women's participation

The Tasmanian Government is committed to a target of 50 per cent representation of women across government boards and committees by July 2020.

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

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

On 29 September 2017 the second report on the implementation of the Women on Board Strategy 2015-2020 was released. The report shows that the percentage of Tasmanian Government board and committee positions held by women had increased from 33.8 per cent in April 2015 to 40.1 per cent in September 2017. This represents an increase of around 19 per cent in the ratio of women board members, and an increase of 6.3 percentage points in the number of board positions held by women since 2015.

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

Agencies undertaking board and committee vacancies should consult with the Women’s Register officer on (03) 6232 7143 and send the position details to

CSR will promote all vacancies to Register members in an email broadcast and on the webpage. Use of the Register will be noted by Cabinet as part of the Appointment briefings process.

Other State and Territory Government board registers


Information about current vacancies can be found here.

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

The Program aims to increase the governance and leadership skills of Tasmanian women who are emerging leaders and to support them to be board-ready.

The State Government provides scholarships for women to undertake the AICD's Foundations of Directorship course.

The scholarships are directed towards women who are emerging leaders, particularly those who face the most barriers to leadership opportunities including board appointments.

Aboriginal women, women with disability, women from refugee and migrant backgrounds and women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) industries are encouraged to apply.

If you would like to be notified when applications for the 2019-20 Board Diversity Governance Scholarship Program open, please subscribe to receive Women Tasmania email alerts.

If you have any further queries about the Board Diversity Governance Scholarships, please call Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1300 135 513.

Useful links and resources

Useful links and resources

Contact Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR)

Phone: 03 6232 7133
Fax: 03 6173 0257

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

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 6232 7133
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 6232 7133
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 03 6232 7133
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