Thinkbank brings together Tasmanian Leaders Network to generate innovative solutions through dialogue to pressing and complex issues facing our community.

Thinkbank events are creative and positive spaces that

  • Challenge traditional thinking
  • Welcome critical analysis
  • Embrace diversity
  • Encourage dialogue

Each Thinkbank is a process of at least six months of design and guided research to inform a two-day Thinkbank event. This process results in a stimulating and insightful public document and detailed set of actions to create real change in Tasmania. In this way, Thinkbank powerfully intervenes in public debate and policy decisions to create new and positive change for Tasmania’s future.

More details below regarding the outcomes of this process. If you are interested in knowing more about Thinkbank, please email

Our 2021 Thinkbank addresses what it means to be an island, the advantages and disadvantages. The purpose is to work out how we can take specific action to capitalise on being an island to create positive change and to contribute to Tasmanian Leaders purpose of enhancing social and economic vibrancy in the State.

The informal research component of Thinkbank 2021 launched in May and will culminate in a Thinkbank event on the 15-16 October 2021.

We are grateful for the support of TasNetworks as the major sponsor for Thinkbank 2021 to help us to motivate and inspire solutions for Tasmania’s most intractable issues and seize the opportunities available to contribute to socio-economic vibrancy.

2019: Our Place in the Sun: Harvesting Tasmania’s Agritourism

The 2019 Thinkbank event ‘Our Place in the Sun’ explored key areas of opportunity for the Tasmanian agritourism sector. Prior to the event, each participant undertook interviews with Tasmanian agritourism businesses and collected information regarding agritourism policy and activities in other regions.

Analysis of the interviews identified that support and collaboration are critical to both success and overcoming challenges. During the event, participants split into groups to define the issue and develop possible solutions of one of the following areas of opportunity for improvement in the Tasmanian agritourism sector:

  1. Building resilience
  2. Improving industry collaboration
  3. Understanding the market

A copy of the final report can be found here: Thinkbank 2019 Agritourism.

2018: Small Business

In 2018 Thinkbank gathered for a two-day residential to rigorously discuss how to help small businesses improve. Drawing on interviews from over 130 businesses, Alumni worked through issues and opportunities for small businesses and debated what government could best do to assist.

Two weeks later the candid deliberations were shared directly with the Tasmanian Premier, the Honourable Will Hodgman MP, at the annual Tasmanian Leaders event, the Premier in Conversation.

Both events resulted in an insightful document called ‘What Stops Us? – Small business: overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities’. The final report is available here: Thinkbank 2018 Small Business.

2017: Future of Work

The 2017 Thinkbank event explored the future of work in collaboration with the University of Tasmania. Over two days, participants honed in on five key areas with significant implications for the University and its future courses. The key areas were: people, technology, sustainability, skilled and unskilled workforce, and leadership.

The spirited dialogue resulted in a substantive report which is available here: Thinkbank 2017 Future of Work.

2013: Education – Working Together to Skill Tasmania

In November and December 2013, Alumni of the Tasmanian Leaders Program participated in a Thinkbank focused on education in Tasmania. Over four sessions and backed by interviews with stakeholders, the Alumni sought to better understanding the purpose of education and its contribution to the Tasmanian community. The aim of the in-depth process was to determine how to positively influence educational outcomes to benefit all Tasmanians.

To download the final report, click here: Thinkbank 2015 Education.

Thank you to our current Thinkbank sponsors: