Rachel Hay was one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalist Fellows. She worked with the Australia Institute Tasmania on good governance, climate change, the environment and marine governance, as well as coordinating the Tasmanian Independent Science Council.
During her time with the Australia Institute, Rachel authored two submissions on Tasmania’s anti-protest laws, and led a campaign which saw the penalties and scope of the laws reduced. She also wrote a report which suggested improvements for the Tasmanian Integrity Commission, triggering Parliament and media debate, and commitments from the Government for improvement. Rachel engaged with the Review of Tasmania’s Climate Change legislation, and assisted independent Legislative Council MP Meg Webb in proposing amendments.