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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Women in Local Government

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.

Below is a message from the Minister of Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP, to women who are 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. "  Minister for Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP

For further support

Specific support is available for women in, or who are considering standing for, local government, including:

  • The Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA), created as a national association in 1951 to support women's participation in local government. ALGWA seeks to strengthen networking, mentoring and innovative opportunities that encourage and support women in local government.
  • The WomenCan program from the Tasmanian Branch of ALGWA, includes steps women can take to help them decide to stand for council.

To find out more, visit the ALGWA Tasmanian Branch website.

For further information

Full details about local government elections, including the 2018 Information for Candidates booklet, can be found on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission’s website. For additional resources, visit the Local Government Association of Tasmania.