NCW ACT History
NCW ACT History in brief

The first National Council of Women of Australia was formed in 1896 in New South Wales. 

The NCW ACT was founded in 1939, with Mrs Henrietta (Jessie) Daley as President. 

We operate as an umbrella organization for women’s groups in the Territory.

We function as a non-political lobby group, attempting to influence the ACT government and via our affiliation with our Australian body, the Commonwealth government.

Our eight initial affiliated societies were the Canberra Mothercraft Society, Canberra Relief Society, St John’s Church of England Ladies Guild, Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild, Canberra Community Hospital Auxiliary, Canberra Croquet Club, Women’s Hockey Association and the Young Women’s Christian Association. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was another early member.

Some of our earliest issues of concern included censorship of films shown to children; offensive advertising; liquor trade reform; misbehavior at the local swimming pool and the better provision of housing and other facilities in Canberra.

We were centrally involved in the foundation of institutions and services including the District Nursing Service, the Council of Social Service (ACT), the Child Guidance Clinic as well as services for the elderly.

In 2013 we run a successful Older Women & Homelessness seminar. This raised a number of issues surrounding older women and those at risk of homelessness in the ACT and was very well attended by practitioners in the field and interested members. As a result of our efforts, we were able to speak to the then Minister for Housing Shane Rattenbury about the concerns and achieved a better outcome for renters occupying ’affordable housing’ in ACT.

NCW ACT organised a successful Beijing+20 Caravan in September 2014 which reviewed the Beijing Platform for Action in preparation for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York March 2015.

We are affiliated with the National Council of Women of Australia.


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