National Council of Women Victoria

UPCOMING EVENT: June Council Meeting June 2, 12:15-2:00pm by ZOOM

Speaker: Ms Jan Shuard PSM, Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor (FVRIM)

Ms Jan Shuard served as Commissioner for Corrections Victoria for five years, overseeing the state’s adult corrections system. Her outstanding contribution to the public service was acknowledged in 2011 with a Public Service Medal. She has worked on family violence rehabilitation and prevention and the coordination of prisons across the Victorian and Western Australian justice systems.

Ms Shuard was appointed as the new FVRIM, taking up her role on 2 October 2019. After 4 years of progress in implementing family violence reforms, Ms Shuard will speak on some of the themes outlined in the last annual report and since that time, including:

What has changed since the Royal Commission into Family Violence?
Implementation reviews
Children as primary victims of family violence
Safe Housing
Perpetrator accountability
Adolescents who use violence in the home
Voices of victim survivors
COVID-19 response and any ongoing impact
What remains to be done?
Change to a Monitoring approach and reporting
Opportunities for Continuous improvement.

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From President, Ronniet Milliken:
Founded 1902 ~ Celebrating 120 years in 2022

As 2022 is the 120th Anniversary of NCWV, we focus edon pioneer women who established Victorian women organisations and who have continued these organisations up until today at our Pioneer Women’s Ceremony on 26th March.

Dr Judith Smart AM, co-author of the history of the NCW Australia, ‘Respectable Radicals’ gave an overview of the history of women’s organisations, then a panel of speakers from some of the founding groups of NCWV apoke about their beginnings and where they are today. The Granddaughter of our first President, Janet Lady Clarke, Barbary Clarke, also spoke.
>>Read the program

Those who met on 19 March 1902 were:
- the Austral Salon of Music, Literature and the Arts;
- the Melbourne Jewish Women’s Guild;
- the Young Women’s Christian Association – Y.W.C.A; and
- the Woman Christian Temperance Union – WCTU.

Powerful herstories have been included in the April Newsletter courtesy of our brilliant speakers. Our members were delighted that Mannie and Rachel were able to represent YWCA and join the 120th celebrations of the foundation of NCWV of which YWCA was such an integral part!  It was a glorious morning in our Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, and wonderful to hear from the founding organisations their stories and examples of strong women heroes – as we heard about the inspirational Sarah Crisp Booth, Tilly Aston and Agnes Murphy.

With advocacy for change, it can be rather frustrating when we seem to be repeating ourselves – some have heard it before and been unmoved; and some people are new to a topic and unaware of our past advocacy….

As you read about early heroes, recharge your passion for advocacy for equality for girls and women of Victoria. NCWV members have provided voluntary and selfless service in support of the women and girls of Victoria for 120 years - instigating many beneficial changes - History of NCWV.

As this is a special year for NCWV, the event was videoed with acknowledgement of our Member or Affiliated Organisations, NCWV past presidents and life members.

Congratulations to our Editor Pam Hammond for this comprehensive Newsletter for April … enormous task of high-quality writing, research, and compilation. Please take the opportunity to send the Newsletter on to your network and extend our reach.

My Vote My Voice: The Role of Treaty in achieving Reconciliation: An early announcement about the National Council of Women of Victoria annual student event My Vote My Voice to be held in the Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament of Victoria on the morning of Monday 22nd August 2022, 9:15-12:30pm. Click here to read more.

The 2020-2021 NCWV Annual Report is now available to view.

The following newsletters are now available: May 2022, April 2022, March 2022, February 2022, December 2021, November 2021, October 2021

Briefing paper covering the following topics is now available.

Visit our BLOG/HOT TOPICS section to catch up on our latest news including:


Membership means you can

  • Meet others interested having a voice in women’s issues at local, state, federal and international levels

  • Build your leadership and community advancement skills by participating in the running of our incorporated association

  • Participate in the voting process at the Annual General Meeting

  • Share your knowledge, skills & experience as a volunteer, speaker or mentor

  • Enjoy member benefits, including newsletters, reports and special event rates  

  • Contribute financially to support our Civics and Citizenship program including the annual My Vote My Voice student event at the Parliament of Victoria

Mission Statement

National Council of Women of Victoria, NCWV, is a non-party-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives. It seeks to raise the awareness of women as to their rights and responsibilities as citizens and encourages their participation in all aspects of community life.


Work for the empowerment of women and families and to promote equal status for women in law and fact.
Develop policies and responses on behalf of women on a state-wide basis.
Act as a voice on issues and concerns of women at state and regional levels.
Link with the women of Australia and the International Council of Women through the National Council of Women of Australia and contribute to the implementation of their plans of action and policies.


NCWV has adopted the International Council of Women (ICW-CIF) Theme:“Transforming Society through the Empowerment of Women”

Who’s under our Umbrella?

National Council of Women of Victoria membership comprises organisations (affiliates), eligible organizations of women or men and women, and individual members approved by the Council.

>> List of organisations (affiliates)

NCWV Office Bearers and Committee 2020 - 2021

>> 2020-2021 NCWvic Annual Report

NCWV AGM was held 2nd September with the following people elected to Committee


Ronniet Milliken

Vice President A

Elida Brereton

Vice President B


Hon. Secretary / Public Officer

Mary Mulhearn


Sheridan Ingram

State Coordinator of Standing Committees

Dr Deborah Towns OAM

Ordinary Members of Committee (5 places)

June Anderson
Pam Hammond
Hean Bee Wee AM
Helen Bruckner

Individual Members Representative

Beverley Kannegiesser

Regional Branch Representative

Alexandra Jeffrey, Geelong Branch President


Dr Deborah Towns OAM, Elida Brereton, Pam Hammond, Ronniet Milliken, Beverley Kannegiesser, Elisabeth Newman AM, Prof. Susan Sawyer, June Anderson. (missing Sheridan Ingram; Hean Bee Wee AM; Alexandra Jeffrey; Helen Bruckner; Mary Mulhearn).