Representing the voices of women in Australia

National Council of Women 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.

Community Voices Program

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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.

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.

National Council of Women of Queensland and the United Services Club of Queensland invite you to spend an afternoon filled with enriching conversation, laughter and camaraderie as we come together to uplift, inspire and empower one another.Based on the UN theme for International Women’s Day 2024 – Count Her In – join former journalist Cheryl Gray acting as moderator of an esteemed panel of speakers delving into some of the financial challenges women face, particularly after divorce or widowhood, after age 55, and between job vs career.Our panel includes:Chiou See Anderson, President, National Council of Women of Australia and member of the Women’s Economic Equality TaskforceTeresa Reed, CEO, Mangrove Housing and The Forgotten WomenHelen Baker, financial adviser and founder of On Your Own Two FeetCheryl Gray, CEO, Women’s Network AustraliaReturning as MC, Past Club President Major Jenny Walker – Director, Sunshine Coast Community Financial Services.Reserve your place or table today and be part of the celebrations! ... See MoreSee Less
Do you live in South Australia? This could be for you. Our sisters of the National Council of Women SA (NCWSA) Executive and the Ruth Gibson Memorial Award Committees are proud to announce that applications for the 2024 Ruth Gibson Memorial Award are OPEN!The Ruth Gibson Memorial Award (est. by NCWSA in 1978) aims to provide financial assistance for women to further the applicant’s studies and/or research, including travel to a meeting, seminar/symposium/conference, either in Australia or overseas for purposes approved by the Ruth Gibson Memorial Award Selection Committee.An array of winners with diverse projects/activities have been awarded in the past; from attending a Children’s Writing Course and Training to travel to international conferences; from undertaking a Professional Management Program to working with medical professionals in hospitals and villages in Nepal.In honouring Ruth Gibson's legacy, a total award pool of up to $7,000 will be distributed to fund one or more projects that benefit women and girls in the South Australian community.As in past years, we ask that applicants demonstrate their connection to National Council of Women SA member organisations as a way to understand their important work. Thus, all applications must be "sponsored" by an organisation affiliated with the National Council of Women SA or associated organisations. A list of these organisations is available in the application form.Please follow the links below for more information; including eligibility criteria and a link to apply for this Award.Applications Open: 1st February 2024Applications Close: 29th February 2024Apply here: information: #empoweringwomen @followers ... See MoreSee Less