Representing the voices of women in Australia

National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA)

National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA) is a national non-government umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives, which seeks to raise the awareness of women and girls to their rights and responsibilities as citizens and to encourage the participation of women in all aspects of community life. NCWA works with, and across all sectors, to identify and bring about change to ensure that there is equity and security for all in Australia. For over 125 years National Council members have been making a difference in Australia. NCW New South Wales was started in 1896. With our roots in the anti-slavery movement, it wasn’t just about ‘getting the vote’ for women, it is about achieving equity and security across all endeavours that encompass life in Australia.

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In 2021, the National Council of Women SA was successful in the Community Voices Program. 

A collaboration between the SA Government Department of Human Services and Flinders University Screen Production, the Community Voices Program partners Flinders filmmaking students and community organisations in the production of short documentaries and online video ads that recruit, promote and celebrate volunteers in South Australia.

Learn more about the history and advocacy of the National Council of Women in South Australia and across Australia.

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What’s different about NCWA?

National Council of Women of Australia does not fund raise but it does advocate for policy changes to improve the lives of women at all levels – local, state, national and international.

NCWA writes submissions to government on issues affecting women, meets with Members of Parliament and participates in government working groups. At the international level it advocates through the International Council of Women (ICW). NCWA has appeared at the UN for the Convention of discrimination against all women (CEDAW) review and at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

This is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.