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First Indigenous Boardlinks Champion appointed

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The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Minister for Women Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Joint Media Release

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


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 here:

Media contacts: Minister O’Dwyer: Lachlan McNaughton 0433 642 145, Emma Nicholson 0481 909 550 Minister Scullion: Brett Chant 0477 744 614

The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Melbourne

TANYA HOSCH BIOGRAPHY General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy Australian Football League

Ms Hosch is currently the AFL General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women and the NAB Indigenous Advisory Group and on the board of Circuz Oz. Ms Hosch has previously served as the Chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting, as a Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, a Director of the Australian Leadership Centre, a Director of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, a Director of the Australian Red Cross Society, the Joint Campaign Director for Recognise (a campaign of Reconciliation Australia), a board member of Bangarra Dance Theatre, a Director of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, and a member of the Referendum Council. Ms Hosch was a key contributor to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

In 2013, Ms Hosch was named in the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll and in 2012, 2013 and 2015 she was recognised in the Westpac and the Australian Financial Review ‘100 Women of Influence’ Awards. In 2014 she was a nominee in Daily Life’s ‘Women of the Year’ Human Rights category. In 2013 Ms Hosch, along with Jason Glanville, addressed the National Press Club on the topic of constitutional recognition.