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International Women's Day Luncheon

The 2020 State and Local Government and Community Sectors International Women's Day Luncheon

Featuring: The 2020 Tasplan International Women's Day Awards for Excellence

Guest speaker: Trisha Squires, sponsored by the University of Tasmania

LGAT, TasCOSS and the Tasmanian State Service warmly invite you to attend our cross sector International Women's Day event in Hobart on Friday 6 March 2020.

Tickets are now available at Eventbrite with early birds available till the end of January* limited number of early birds available.

Guest Speaker

We are pleased to announce this year’s special guest speaker, sponsored by the University of Tasmania, Trisha Squires, CEO of AFL Tasmania (the first female CEO in AFL), Founder of the Broadbridge Fund and 2019 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the year (Medium and Large Business). Trisha is recognised around Australia for her leadership qualities, clear strategic thinking and resilience. She has an impressive breadth and depth of experience across commercial, philanthropic and community roles. In 2006, she was awarded Young Australian of the Year and was former CEO of Reach and the St Kilda Youth Service. Her story is powerful and moving and sure to inspire all who attend.

Trisha Squires

Event details:

Date: Friday 6 March 2020

Time: 12 – 2pm

Venue: Blundstone Arena - The Ricky Ponting Room


Costs: Tickets are $75 in January (early bird) and $80 thereafter

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women — while also marking a call to action for creating a gender equal world.

We hope you can again join us to celebrate the achievements of Tasmanian women while also supporting us to create a gender equal world.

Nominations for the Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020

Close 17 February 9am

The Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020 are designed to recognise and give visibility to outstanding contributions by women in Local Government, the Tasmanian State Service and the Community Sector.

The six cross-sector award categories are:

  • Tasmanian State Service: Inspirational Leader
  • Tasmanian State Service: Aspiring Leader
  • Community Sector: Inspirational Leader
  • Community Sector: Aspiring Leader
  • Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Elected Representative)
  • Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Officer)

To make a nomination please complete the electronic nomination form on the TasCOSS Website here or download the fillable nomination form (PDF, 697KB and return by email to or by post to Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020, C/O TasCOSS, 3/86 Murray Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000.

Nominations must be received by no later than 9am, Monday 17 February 2020. The winners will be announced at the International Women’s Day Awards Luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020.

For enquiries, please contact TasCOSS by emailing

Hear from 2019 Tasplan International Women's Day Awards for Excellence winner

Need some inspiration to enter? Hear from Erica McKinnell, Community Services Project Officer Break O’Day Council a 2019 Tasplan International Women's Day Awards for Excellence winner in the category of Local Government, Inspirational Leader (Officer). 

Did you know you were being nominated?

I had no idea I was being nominated by our General Manager. So it was a huge surprise to attend the awards and have absolutely no idea until the moment where it was announced.

What was the best part of the awards for you?

Being in a room full of inspiring women

What did you do with your winning funds?

I enlisted into Event Management, where I realised post One Night Stand, my passion lies

How has winning the awards benefitted you?

Standing on the stage and publicly speaking in front of 300 inspirational women, really placed me out of my comfort zone, yet gave me a huge sense of achievement and empowerment all at the same time.

IWD winner erica small

International Women's Day 2020 Event - Call For Sponsors

LGAT, TasCOSS and the Tasmanian State Service are seeking expressions of interest from potential sponsoring organisations looking to be part of an inspiring International Women's Day event that celebrates excellence and women's leadership in the Local Government, Community Services and State Service Sectors in Tasmania. 

For further information please view the video below. Interested organisations are invited to contact LGAT Events and Partnership Lead on 6146 3740 or e:

 International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme

- #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let's all be #EachforEqual.


International Women's Day 2019

LGAT, TasCOSS and the Tasmanian State Service proudly hosted an inaugural Women’s Award Luncheon in early 2019 to recognise and give visibility to outstanding contributions by women in the Local Government, State Government and community sector in Tasmania.

To see highlights from the day, please see video below:

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