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National Council of Women of Australia

Welcome to the website of the National Council of Women of Australia. Our site will provide you with information about NCWA and its activities in Australia.

Australia was one of the earliest countries to join the International Council of Women (ICW), the world’s oldest international women’s organisation. NCWA is a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Council of ICW.

For more than 115 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. 

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. We work with, and across all sectors, to identify and bring about change to ensure that there is equity and security for all in Australia.


Women and girls, nor indeed any human being, is a ’good’ or chattel of another human being and should never be denied their basic and fundamental human rights.

NCWA links NCW groups across Australia, each with diverse affiliates, in a federal structure and provides a forum for considered debate on policy matters brought forward by the constituent Councils.  We also accept National Affiliates - subject to meeting eligibility criteria. 

Singly,and in alliances, NCWA works for improved conditions for women and their families, especially the most vulnerable. In the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia members maintain an active program of seminars, conferences, consultations, submissions and publications and a lot of ’behind the scenes’ advocacy.  We try to identify the structural impediments to equity and security and then work to address those issues.  You may notice something different about us - we do not fund raise (this is done by some of our affiliated organisations for their worthy causes)...although contributions are gratefully accepted.  We want/need your intellectual input, ideas and energy.     

The State/Territory National Councils of Women welcome both individual and affiliate/group memberships. Whether you are part of a women’s organisation or an individual you are invited to contact the relevant State and Territory Councils to discuss membership. Contact details are in the ‘contact us’ section or go to their own sites by using the links on the menu. 

There is still work to do! 

Please explore this site by using the menu and following the prompts.

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