*Nominations Extended* Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020


*** Nominations extended to 5pm, Friday 21 February ***

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 accelerating gender balance.

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 online nomination form below or download the fillable nomination form (PDF, 697KB) and return by email to awards@tascoss.org.au 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 5pm, Friday 21 February 2020. The winners will be announced at the International Women’s Day Awards Luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020.

*** Tickets now available! Book your place at the luncheon now. ***

For enquiries, please contact TasCOSS by emailing awards@tascoss.org.au.


Tasplan International Women's Day Awards for Excellence 2019 Winners

Lauren Parr

Manager Ministerial Support Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Tasmanian State Service (Aspiring Leader)

Lauren’s role is very important to the operation of the Tasmanian Government. In her role, Lauren is open and honest in the way she communicates. She works hard to develop strong relationships and is passionate about supporting the empowerment and development of her team members. Her approach to leadership is authentic, individualised and empathetic.

Susan Gannon

Executive Director of Operations (South), Tasmanian Health Service
Tasmanian State Service: Inspirational Leader

Susan trained and worked as a nurse and midwife, and now in her current role she’s leading the construction of a new health precinct on an operational hospital site. As a leader, Susan has the ability to reach out to all her employees and inspire them to be the best versions of themselves. This passion flows on from the medical practitioners around her to the care given to patients and their families.

Julie Dunbabin

Executive Officer, Tasmanian School Canteen Association
Community Sector: Inspirational Leadership

Julie has been instrumental in changing the school canteen culture. In an environment that’s often female dominated, underpaid and undervalued, Julie has facilitated changes such as improving pay rates, job security, providing mentoring and peer support programs. Julie is innovative and visionary in her approach to healthy eating for children and has demonstrated strong leadership to grow support for the Tasmanian School Canteen Association.

Emily Briffa

CEO, Hamlet Inc
Community Sector: Aspiring Leader

Emily fosters self-confidence and hope in people who previously felt that their options were limited. She’s a leader in the daily operations of Hamlet and her staff and participants look to her for inspiration. Emily is a supportive member of the community sector, always encouraging other to achieve their best and doing whatever she can to support new initiatives and programs that can make a real difference.

Bec Enders

Mayor, Huon Valley Council
Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Elected Representative)

Bec, the first female mayor of Huon Valley Council, is a leader who bases her approach on inspiration through collaboration. During the recent Riveaux Road fires that burnt over 205,000 hectares, Bec showed unwavering commitment and compassion to the Huon Valley community.

Erica McKinnell

Community Services Project Officer, Break O’Day Council
Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Officer)

Erica stepped up and took the lead to organise and manage One Night Stand, the biggest concert St Helens has ever hosted. Her dedication and infectious passion meant that not only the Council, but the whole town of St Helens, were excited and ready to host the triple j concert. Erica has inspired many through leading by example and showing what is achievable.



*** Nominations for the Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020 are now closed. ***