Forum of Rural Stakeholders

The “Forum of Rural Stakeholders” Group, convened by Rural Business Tasmania Inc,  comprises members of like-minded services and individuals who have a stake in our rural communities. The Forum facilitates discussions to assist service providers, ensuring there is an integrated and coordinated approach to the provision of services in rural communities and farming families.  It also identifies recommendations that can be taken to improve the economic and social wellbeing of the rural community.

The Group provides a forum for regional, community and government services to:

  • Share information about rural service delivery
  • Determine trends and indications for emerging issues that may need addressing
  • Identify service gaps and issues related to the rural community
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration in the work with rural communities
  • Communicate information and provide an integrated contact platform 

The Group is not a decision-making body but does expect participants to actively participate and, where possible and appropriate, support the activities of other members.  The function of the Group relies on participants’ work being relevant to rural communities.  Membership consists of invited representatives from state-wide focused community and government organisations involved in the provision of services to the rural community that have a strong rural enterprise member base together with stakeholders of the rural community. Current members include:

  • Rural Business Tasmania
  • Relationships Australia
  • Rural Youth Organisation of Tas
  • Rural Alive and Well
  • Tas Farmers & Graziers Assoc
  • Tas Women in Agriculture
  • Tas Small Business Council
  • NRM North
  • MI Fellowship Aspire Services
  • DHHS (Centrelink)
  • Country Women’s Association
  • Tas Industry Seafood Council
  • Local Govt Assoc of Tas
  • Timber Communities Aus
  • Poppy Growers Tasmania Inc

Host Organisation:     Rural Business Tasmania Inc                     Chair:     Elizabeth Skirving (RBT Chief Executive Officer)

Forum Meetings

The Forum met for its quarterly meeting on 22nd March 2019 to discuss the current and emerging issues throughout Tasmania.  The recent funding allocated to the Glamorgan/Spring Bay and Break O'Day Councils to support drought activities was welcomed.  The Minister of Primary Industries, Water and Resouces attended the Forum and was provided a round up of the current impacts and support needed 


Useful links:

Surviving the Dry: Preparedness is Paramount:


Department of Agriculture

Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment

Centrelink: Financial Support including the Farm Household Allowance

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association