Diversity Action Plan

The Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network has embarked on the development and implementation of a Diversity Action Plan for the forest industry, which aims to increase the gender and cultural diversity of the workforce. 

The project—supported by two years’ funding from the Tasmanian Government—will attract more women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to the forest sector.

Recent industry reports, including, ‘A Strategic Growth Plan for the Tasmanian forests, fine timber and wood fibre industry’ (2017), ‘Northern Tasmania Regional Forestry Hub: Culture, Training and Skills Assessment’ Report (2020), and the ‘Tasmanian Forest Industry Workforce Development Plan’ discussion paper (2021), have all highlighted the lack of workforce diversity as a significant issue affecting the future of forestry in the state—particularly in regional and remote areas.

The TFFPN’s Diversity Action Plan project presents a considerable opportunity to develop a new, robust, skills-based forestry workforce that is more reflective of the broader community in which it is based.

The Network is committed to broadening and bolstering its workforce with a range of skilled workers and now is the right time to develop a whole-of-industry approach to improving diversity outcomes.

Women currently comprise only 16 per cent of the forest sector.

Meet Tracey Taylor, our Manager, Workforce and Diversity HERE.

Information and Resources

  • Diversity Council Australia (dca.org.au) – Diversity Council Australia has a number of free resources and further resources and training for members. The Council describes diversity as being the mix of people in your organisation, and inclusion as being about creating a workplace environment that enables that mix to work – for organisations and employees (DIVERSITY & INCLUSION EXPLAINED | Diversity Council Australia (dca.org.au).
  • Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)  – is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. It uses the data it collects to produce informative resources for the public and educational resources on gender equality in the workplace.