The Hodgman Liberal Government has a target of achieving 50 per cent representation of women across government boards and committees by 2050.

Our Women on Boards Strategy 2015-20, released in July, is a five-year plan for improving gender equity as a critical step to enhancing democratic governance.

A joint initiative of the Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is the 2015 Government Board Diversity Scholarship Program.

Today, I was pleased to join with Treasurer Peter Gutwein and AICD State Manager Cathie Goss to announce the recipients of the scholarships.

This program is about giving more Tasmanian women the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to serve as company directors, including potentially on government boards and committees.

The Government will contribute up to $50,000 a year over three years towards the cost of the scholarships, while the AICD will provide the courses.

The recipients of the three Company Director Course Scholarships are:

• Christine Edwards, a consultant in philanthropy and the social sector
• Catherine Murdoch from Tasmanian Irrigation
• Naomi Walsh from Venarchie Contracting

The recipients of the 16 Foundations of Directorship Scholarships are:

• Nadia Ayliffe Robinson from the University of Tasmania
• Sarah Bendeich from the City of Hobart
• Kristy Brown from Relationships Australia Tasmania
• Belinda Clarke from Calvary Health Care Tasmania
• Claire Cunningham from Australian Maritime Safety Authority
• Joanne Dickinson from the University of Tasmania
• Peta Dolan from Tasmanian Alkaloids
• Katherine Evans from the University of Tasmania
• Rose Flynn from Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
• Lisa Free from Tasplan Super
• Laura Ripoll Gonzalez from the University of Tasmania
• Alison Lai from the Department of Health and Human Services
• Felicity Mason from JM and NL Mason
• Jillian Morgan from the Archdiocese of Hobart
• Kathryn O’Keefe Common Ground Tasmania
• Nicole Tyson from Qantas Airways LTD

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate all the scholarship recipients and commend the AICD on its cooperation with us in this program.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Women