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Gender Matters Taskforce expression of interest

Screen Australia is seeking expressions of interest from screen industry professionals to join the Gender Matters Taskforce in 2020.

Ride Like a GirlRide Like A Girl was developed through Gender Matters and became the highest earning Australian film of 2019

Formed in 2016 and expanded in 2018, the Gender Matters Taskforce is a volunteer-based, advisory body for Screen Australia made up of women working across the Australian screen sector. 

The Taskforce assists the agency to develop pathways, find opportunities and brainstorm solutions, as the broader Australian industry works toward achieving gender parity. Importantly, the members of the Taskforce are connected to the industry beyond Screen Australia’s direct sphere of influence, so are integral in promoting broader industry change.

TASKFORCE 2020-2022

With the recent announcement of Screen Australia’s new Gender Matters 2022 KPI, the agency is calling for expressions of interest for the third iteration of the Taskforce.

The Taskforce will comprise of 10-12 female members, and will meet 3-4 times a year in addition to attending a small number of industry events. Ideally, this iteration of the Taskforce will serve until August 2022 when the current KPI period is complete.

Meeting dates are planned well in advance, and flexibility is provided in terms of member location and diaries.


Screen Australia is specifically seeking members who have:

  • Direct industry experience, including creators, crew, and those working in commissioning, broadcasting, distribution, exhibition, streaming, financing and general management.
  • Represent a range of perspectives, including different experience levels, geographic locations, cultural background and other lived experiences.
  • People who are willing to not only advise Screen Australia, but act beyond Screen Australia’s confines to develop, advocate for and enact change in the broader $3 billion Australian screen industry.

Please note Screen Australia is in regular discussion with state and territory agencies, and because we cannot adequately accommodate a member from each agency in a Taskforce of this limited size, we will not be accepting EOI’s from current staff members/elected representatives from these organisations.


Please email your expression of interest by Friday 10 January 2020 to [email protected].

Please include the following:

  • Name
  • Your role in the industry and short bio
  • The cohort/s in the industry you are best able to represent
  • Any limitations on your availability to serve on the Taskforce over the next 18-24 months.

And provide a short statement in answer to the below questions:

  • Please describe the value, experience and expertise you can bring to the Taskforce.
  • Please propose some solutions/opportunities you believe you could bring to the Taskforce discussions, and how you could put them into action.

Screen Australia will be in touch with all applicants late January 2020, before announcing the new Taskforce.


“On behalf of Screen Australia’s staff, I want to acknowledge and thank all current and former members of the Gender Matters Taskforce.

When trying to address literally decades of inequity, the task often feels overwhelming. Your ideas, your energy, and your encouragement has been invaluable, particularly in times when the barriers seem insurmountable.

We have a very long road in front of us, but happily there have been wins along the way. But of this I am certain, Screen Australia cannot do this alone.

I would encourage any industry professionals who can help, to please consider lodging an expression of interest to join the Taskforce. We welcome your experience, skill, ideas and determination to propel change for women now and into the future.”

Nerida Moore
Head of Development, Screen Australia

Gender Matters Taskforce alumni:

  • Imogen Banks
  • Sarah Bishop
  • Jo Bladen
  • Fiona Cameron
  • Corrie Chen
  • Sasha Close
  • Sandi Don
  • Lisa French
  • Michelle Guthrie
  • Sophie Hyde
  • Emma Jensen
  • Samantha Lang
  • Deborah Mailman
  • Sue Maslin
  • Julie McGauran 
  • Sharon Menzies
  • Pearl Tan
  • Miranda Tapsell
  • Natalie Tran
  • Deanne Weir
  • Joanna Werner
  • Caitlin Yeo