Prime Minister of Tasmania – Women’s Leadership Scholarship recipients announced

June 6, 2022

Jo Palmer, Minister for Women







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

Our government is strengthening the future of all Tasmanians, including through the Women’s Leadership Scholarships, which will help improve gender balance in key decision-making bodies such as councils and committees, supporting thus our efforts in favor of gender equality in the State.

Our actions to achieve gender equality are guided by our government’s Tasmanian Women’s Strategy and in this year’s budget we have committed $800,000 over four years to implement the new Tasmanian Women’s Strategy. Tasmanian Women 2022-2027 which will be released in the coming weeks.

Historically, the rate of representation of women on Tasmanian councils and committees has been lower than that of men.

In 2015, only 33.8% of positions on Tasmanian government boards and commissions were held by women. By December 2021, that figure had risen to 47.2%.

The priorities of Tasmanians are our priorities and in the 2021 state elections, our government committed $400,000 over four years to expand the Women in Leadership Scholarship program and double the funding available.

Today, I am honored to announce the 10 recipients of the Female Leadership Scholarships: Board Diversity Scholarships for 2022:

Corporate Director Course:

  • Linda Karlson
  • Emma Benison
  • Kathleen Etlin

Basics of Administration:

  • Syeda Aimen Jafri
  • Professor Jan McDonald
  • Courtney Hayles
  • Kylie Bell
  • Elena Tinch
  • Lucinda Wilson
  • Beverly Jefferson

The Board Diversity Scholarship is a joint initiative of the Government of Tasmania and the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors. It helps Tasmanian women better understand the duties and responsibilities of a board member.

This important program will also help Tasmanian leaders implement their Tasmanian I-LEAD Women in Industry program later in 2022.

We must help Tasmanian women and girls not only to participate equally in all opportunities in Tasmania, but also to thrive and succeed.

It is a government with integrity and sincerity, courage, responsibility and which keeps its commitments.

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