Securing Tasmania’s Future by Supporting Women and Girls

A Majority Liberal Government is committed to ensuring all women and girls feel safe and have the opportunity to fully participate in our economic, social, political and community life.

A Majority Liberal Government will:

  • Boost the Women’s Workforce Participation initiative to include:
    • Additional funding over the next three years to develop an industry-led approach to enable and empower more women to participate across the economy.
    • Development of a Modern Workplaces Framework, in partnership with industry, to provide a resource kit to support traditionally male dominated industries to provide a safe workplace for women.
  • Boost the Women’s leadership scholarship program to support more Tasmanian women to enter leadership positions within their chosen fields.
  • Commit to developing a third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan with fully funded, evidence-based initiatives, in consultation with the Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group and people with lived experience.
  • Commission a feasibility study for a new Safe Emergency Accommodation facility in the Northern Midlands to better support women from rural areas.
  • Increase funding for the International Women’s Day Small Grants Program to celebrate and recognise the achievements of Tasmanian women and girls.
  • Establish a Diversity Action Plan in partnership with the Tasmanian Mineral and Energy Council for the inclusion of more women employees in these traditionally male-dominated areas*.
  • Develop of a Women in Building and Construction Strategy and a Girls in Property pilot program.
  • Boost health services for Women through Family Planning Tasmania*.
  • Provide free sanitary items in Government schools to ensure girls don’t miss out on learning because they don’t have access to basic items*.
  • Strengthen non-fatal strangulation laws.
  • Continue Tasmania’s monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators to increase safety of victims*.
  • Provide additional funding to the Legal Assistance Sector to support organisations including Women’s Legal Services Tasmania*.
  • Partner with Dress for Success Hobart to expand the Welcome Back(pack) initiative to support women exiting prison to obtain employment*
  • Work with the hospitality sector to support greater representation in leadership roles for women across the industry.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government is committed to supporting Tasmanian women and girls by helping them feel safe, and by inspiring and empowering them to fully participate in our economic, social, political and community life.

Women’s Workforce Participation Initiative

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will provide an additional $350,000 per annum over the next three years to develop an industry-led approach to enable and empower more women, including in non-traditional areas.

This will build on the work commenced in the 2020‑21 State Budget and bring total funding to $3.95 million.

This will be used to partner with industry on initiatives to boost attraction, recruitment and retention of women into non-traditional fields of employment, as well as leadership pathways for women in their chosen fields of employment.

It includes a Supporting Women to Succeed in Industry Grant Program to fund projects and activities, which increase women’s participation in non-traditional fields of employment.

As part of this work, a re-elected Majority Liberal Government will partner with all industries, including construction, mining and advanced manufacturing, to develop a Modern Workplaces Framework resource, to provide a tool-kit to support industry to provide a safe workplace for women.

Boost the Women’s leadership scholarship program to support more Tasmanian women to enter leadership positions within their chosen fields

The Tasmanian Women in Leadership Scholarship Program has been very successful, supporting 87 women to undertake the Foundations of Directorship and Company Directors courses with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will double funding for this initiative, to $100,000 per annum, and extend the program to 2024-25.

We will work with community and industry stakeholders to target a broader range of scholarships to support women to grow and lead in their industry.

This will include continuing to partner with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as establishing partnerships with other education and training organisations.

This program works to develop women’s leadership and governance skills to support them taking leadership roles on Government boards and committees, and across industry sector entities.

Commit to developing a third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan with fully funded, evidence-based initiatives, in consultation with the Family Violence Consultative Committee and people with lived experience

Since 2015, the Liberal Government has fully funded two whole-of-government comprehensive Family and Sexual Violence Action Plans.

We have invested an additional $56 million and put in extra support during COVID-19, recently extending that increased level of support through to June 2022.

Our Family and Sexual Violence Action plans have significantly increased the supports and services available to victim-survivors, including children.

Initiatives have also included –

  • Strengthening our laws to bring perpetrators to account, including:
    • a new offence of persistent family violence;
    • expanding the definition of family violence to include property damage;
    • extending the time limit in which proceedings for offences of economic or emotional abuse or intimidation can be commenced;
    • extending the powers of Police to deal with family violence offenders;
    • providing the court the power to remand or impose conditions on a person pending the outcome of a Family Violence Order; and
    • Allowed family violence offences to be recorded on a person’s record of prior convictions.
  • We have also provided additional support for high-risk cases and removed barriers for victims of family violence by excluding fees for all documents related to proceedings under the Family Violence Act.

Every year, we have released a public report on the progress against our Action Plans.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government commits to a third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan, with fully-funded, evidence-based initiatives that continue the work to reduce the incidence of family and sexual violence in our communities.

Consultation will commence by the end of 2021.

Commission a feasibility study for a new Safe Emergency Accommodation facility in the Northern Midlands

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will work with the Northern Midlands to undertake a feasibility study for a new Safe Emergency Accommodation facility to support rural women and families.

We know there are challenges supporting women in regional, rural, and remote areas of Tasmania wanting to leave violent domestic situations, and this study will look at the feasibility of establishing a service to support women from the Northern Midlands and neighbouring rural and regional municipalities.

We will provide $50,000 for this work, which will include an analysis of demand, consideration of the operating model for the service, detailed design drawings.

It is expected that the feasibility study will be completed by June 2022.

Increase funding for the International Women’s Day Small Grants Program to celebrate and recognise the achievements of Tasmanian women and girls

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will expand funding for the International Women’s Day (IWD) Small Grants Program, providing $20 000 per annum over the next four years to support and build International Women’s Day events across Tasmania.

This is a substantial increase in funding and will enable the delivery of more events and activities to celebrate and recognise the achievements of women, right around Tasmania.

Establish a Diversity Action Plan in partnership with the Tasmanian Mineral and Energy Council for the inclusion of more women employees in these traditionally male-dominated areas*

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will partner with the Tasmanian Mineral and Energy Council and provide $150,000 to establish a Diversity Action Plan to increase the gender and culture diversity of the resources sector.

Develop of a Women in Building and Construction Strategy and a Girls in Property pilot program

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will also work with industry to develop Women in Building and Construction Strategy.

We will provide $75,000 for this important work, which will help raise awareness of career options for women in the building and construction sector, reduce barriers to work in the industry and recruit and retain women in trades and management roles across the sector.

We will also provide $25,000 to support a Tasmanian Girls in Property pilot program, in partnership with the Property Council of Australia, to assist more young women to consider working in this sector and help create a pipeline of diverse talent for the growing industry.

The Girls in Property Program operates around Australia providing first-hand experience to Year 9 and 10 students to raise awareness about the raft of career pathways the property industry offers.

Boost health services for Women through Family Planning Tasmania*

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will provide $346 000 to Family Planning Tasmania, to establish and deliver new women’s health services within Family Planning Tasmania clinics in Glenorchy, Launceston and Burnie in order to reduce public health waiting lists and referrals into the public system, providing a better patient experience.

These services will include colposcopy, pessary assessment and fitting, specialist services for patients living with disability and ultrasound services offered by Family Planning Tasmania.

Provide free sanitary items in Government schools to ensure girls don’t miss out on learning because they don’t have access to basic items*

We will make sure female students in Government schools won’t miss out on learning because they don’t have access to basic requirements such as sanitary products.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will provide $320,000 over four years to make pads and tampons freely available in all Government schools from Term 3 in 2021.

Strengthen non-fatal strangulation laws

Non-fatal strangulation, choking, or suffocation is never acceptable. The protection and safety of victims of family violence and their children is a priority for our Government.

That why a re-elected Majority Liberal Government will move to strengthen our laws, based on the receipt of final advice from Tasmania’s independent Sentencing Advisory Council, who is currently reviewing this issue.

The Tasmanian Liberals will ensure our laws are strong and robust to protect victim survivors of family violence and ensure perpetrators are appropriately punished for the severity of their heinous crimes.

Continue Tasmania’s monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators to increase safety of victims*

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will deliver $2.4 million over two years to continue Tasmania’s monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators to increase safety of victims.

The electronic monitoring trial has demonstrated increased safety to victims, an 82 per cent reduction in high-risk incidents, and increased accountability from perpetrators.

Provide additional funding so that women can access free or low cost legal advice from our Community Legal Assistance Sector*

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will provide $2.2 million a year for four years, additional to the funding already committed under the National Legal Assistance Partnership, to continue to provide free or low-cost legal services to Tasmanians who need the extra help.

This includes funding for organisations including:

  • Tasmanian Legal Aid
  • Women’s Legal Services Tasmania
  • Hobart Community Legal Centre
  • Launceston Community Legal Centre
  • North-West Community Legal Centre
  • Tenants Union
  • Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service
  • Prisoners Legal Service

Partner with Dress for Success Hobart to expand the Welcome Back(pack) initiative to support women exiting prison to obtain employment*

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will partner with Dress for Success Hobart by providing $100,000 over three years to expand the Welcome Back(pack) initiative to support women exiting prison by providing clothing and toiletries and support to write job applications and prepare for job interviews.

The program aims to build women’s confidence and resilience and support them to obtain and retain employment.

Partner with the Hospitality Industry to support Women in Leadership*

We recognise the benefits of greater representation in leadership roles for women across the hospitality industry.

To support and empower women in the hospitality industry, a re-elected Majority Liberal Government will work with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association and industry members to develop a program of initiatives, including mentoring, coaching and events, as well as scholarships to support leadership skills development.

We will provide $600,000 over four years to support this work.

Current work underway right now

  • $2.5 million Women in Industry program to work in partnership with industry participants to develop pathways and pipelines for women in to non-traditional occupations to support women to participate more broadly across our economy, including into higher paying, more secure job opportunities.
  • Our leadership pipelines for women initiative, with $400,000 for measures to enhance industry liaison and develop leadership pipelines for women working in non-traditional industries.
  • The Tasmanian Women’s Council, which is working to support practical opportunities for women’s leadership and participation in industry and civic life.

Our record in Government:

  • Re-established the portfolio of Minister for Women, with a focus on Monitoring Equity, Building Capacity, Access to Opportunity and Supporting Recognition, after it was cut by Labor.
  • Increased women’s representation on Government Boards and Committees from 33.8 per cent in June 2015, to 46.4 per cent in 2020.
  • Increase the gender equity of senior executives in the State service, with women now making up 46.2% of the Senior Executive, up from 29.7 per cent in 2015.
  • Provided more than $56 million to address family and sexual violence where we know that women and children are impacted in the overwhelming majority.
  • Developed and implemented the Tasmanian Women’s Strategy 2018-2021, that focuses on four identified strategic priority areas for action, including financial security, leadership and participation, health and wellbeing and safety and commenced work with the Tasmanian Women’s Council on development of a new Tasmanian Women’s Strategy.
  • We’ve partnered with Our Watch to implement Workplace Equality and Respect Standards across the public sector.
  • Provided 87 Leadership scholarships for women to build their board readiness and executive leadership skills, including a focus on women in non-traditional industries.
  • Provided record levels of State funding to help Tasmanians in need navigate the justice system.
  • Supported the pilot roll out of the Dress for Success Welcome Back(pack) program.
  • Amended Section 194K of the Evidence Act to provide victims of sexual assault the right to speak out publicly should they wish to do so.

Labor-Green Government:

  • Under the Labor Government the women’s portfolio was abolished, and it didn’t exist for the entirely of the Labor-Green Government
  • After 16 years of Labor and Labor-Green government:
    • The percentage of women on boards in Tasmania was the lowest in the country.
    • Tasmania had neither a target, nor a strategy or scholarship program for board appointments.
    • There were only around 29% of women in leadership positions in the State Service.

Costings:

This policy costs $1.9 million over four years.

*Costed against other policy documents.