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Gender balance on councils has slowly been improving over time, but there is yet to be equal gender representation and women are encouraged to consider standing for council.
The Hon Peter Gutwein MP, the then Minister for Local Government, provided this message to women who were considering standing in the 2018 council elections.
“The skills, experiences and leadership styles of women add a rich diversity of strengths and capabilities to our councils.
If councils are to be truly representative, and if women are to have an equal contribution into important decisions that affect their communities, more women must stand for election.
Consider the difference you could make as a councillor to the economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing of your municipality. Consider the role model you could be to others, that may improve diversity in the representation on councils.
If you are thinking about standing in the 2018 statewide local government elections, I encourage you to take advantage of the many resources available to you.
Ask questions and seek the support you need to help make the best personal and professional decision—for you and for the future of your community. "
Gender balance on councils has been improving, but gender representation is still not equal.
In 2018, there were 173 female candidates who stood for council, compared to 135 in 2014.
The table below compares the numbers of women elected to council in 2018 and 2014, showing the number of female mayors, deputy mayors and councillors.
Women in Tasmanian councils
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