First Indigenous BoardLinks Champion appointed

Release Date: 
10 July 2018
Media release

Joint media release
Minister for Women, the Hon. Kelly O'Dwyer MP
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion

Tanya Hosch has been appointed as the first Indigenous BoardLinks Champion, a role designed to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women on Australian Government boards.

BoardLinks connects Australia’s leading women with opportunities to be considered for Australian Government board appointments. BoardLinks Champions identify and encourage strong women candidates to consider Government board positions.

The Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer said that the appointment affirmed the Turnbull Government’s commitment to diverse boards.

“Ms Hosch’s extensive experience as an executive, board director and leader made her an ideal candidate for the role,” said Minister O’Dwyer.

Ms Hosch is currently the General Manager for Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL, a member of Chief Executive Women and the NAB Indigenous Advisory Group. 

“I am determined to see the number of women on Government Boards reach 50 per cent and it’s exciting to see we are making great progress, with 44.5 per cent of seats currently filled by women – the highest overall result since public reporting began.”

“A greater diversity of women’s participation and representation on boards is important,” said Ms Hosch.

“I have always valued contributing to the community through participation on boards.  It has taught me an enormous amount about governance, accountability and collective decision-making.

“I am pleased to be part of promoting the importance of the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women into governance roles, which will be an asset to our society, systems and institutions.”

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, commended the appointment of the Government’s first Indigenous BoardLinks Champion.

“We need to keep working to achieve 50 per cent female representation on Government boards, while ensuring we improve the diversity of the women being selected for board positions,” said Minister Scullion.

“It is fitting that Tanya’s appointment coincides with NAIDOC Week, which is focused on the past and continuing contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through the theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’, I congratulate Tanya on her appointment.”

A list of BoardLinks Champions can be found on the BoardLinks website.