Media Release by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Tasmanian women to have say in national workforce strategy

Joint Media Release with:

  • SENATOR CAROL BROWN, Senator for Tasmania, Deputy Government Whip in the Senate

Women in Tasmania are invited to take part in Australian Government consultations in Hobart this week about issues facing women in the workplace and ways to help more women into work.

The Minister for the Status of Women and Member for Franklin, Julie Collins, said the opinions of Tasmanian women will help shape the Australian Government’s 2012 National Workforce Development Strategy.

“Job creation is a major priority for the Australian Government, particularly in areas of higher unemployment such as Tasmania,” Ms Collins said.

“We need to have a very clear understanding of the barriers different women face in the workplace if we are to genuinely advance the status of women.”

A series of face-to-face consultations is taking place around the country to develop the national strategy.

The Tasmanian session is scheduled for this Friday 27 July at 2.00pm at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street.

Senator for Tasmania, Carol Brown, will represent Minister Collins at the Hobart consultations.

“It is particularly important women in Tasmania have their say on this strategy, which aims to improve women’s workforce participation,” Senator Brown said.

“The nature of the workforce in Tasmania is different in many ways to other areas of Australia and has unique regional characteristics.

“Getting more women into the workforce is central to our economy and to stopping women and their families fall into poverty and social exclusion,” Senator Brown said.

The Australian Government is putting almost $100,000 towards consultation directed specifically at gathering women’s views.

Individuals and organisations in Tasmania with an interest in women’s workplace issues can register to attend the Hobart consultation group by contacting Marianne Campbell on 02 6249 8566 or

Those unable to attend can email to arrange to take part in online consultations.