National Council of Women Victoria

The February edition of the NCWV Newsletter is now available.

March Council Meeting, Thursday March 7, 5:15pm – 7:00pm

This is the first of our late meetings to accommodate those who have difficulty attending at lunchtime. This meeting will be by ZOOM, but we are hoping to have hybrid meetings in the future. Please join us.

We are delighted to announce that the speaker will be Sue Karzis, the CEO of State School’s Relief (SSR), an incredibly important charity that provides uniforms, shoes, educational resources and other essential school items for disadvantaged students in 85% of Victoria’s state schools. Sue has propelled the charity to record numbers of impact, assisting over 74,000 financially disadvantaged Victorian school children in 2022/23 with the number and value of items distributed exceeding 305,000 and $7.07M respectively. Sue has also been the driving force behind the SSR ‘Shoes with a Purpose’ range of leather school shoes which are sold via the SSR website with every dollar being reinvested into funding school children in need.

This simple and practical service ensures that all students can attend school in warmth and comfort with a sense of belonging and improved self-esteem, which in turn enhances their educational engagement.

NCWV AGM Thursday 7 September, 2023

40 Members attended by ZOOM, with 10 apologies. The NCWV Annual Report 2022-2023 was approved

Election of Committee:
President: Elida Brereton
Vice-President: Guosheng Chen
Vice-President: Pam Hammond
Hon Secretary: Tracey Ahern Hon.
Treasurer: Deanne Baptista
General members: Deborah Towns OAM, Hean Bee Wee AM, Susannah Duncan
Individual Members Representative: Vacant
State Coordination Standing Committee: Vacant Interested persons should contact the President on [email protected] with a copy of their CV.
Public Officer, Tracey Ahern

The following newsletters are now available: February 2024, December 2023, November 2023, October 2023, September 2023, August 2023, July 2023, June 2023, May 2023, April 2023, March 2023, February 2023, December 2022, November 2022, October 2022, September 2022, August 2022, July 2022, June 2022, May 2022, April 2022, March 2022, February 2022, December 2021, November 2021, October 2021


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 2023 - 2024

>> 2022-2023 NCWVic Annual Report

NCWV AGM was held 7 September with the following people elected to Committee


Elida Brereton

Vice President A

Pam Hammond

Vice President B

Guosheng Chen

Hon. Secretary / Public Officer

Tracey Ahern


Deanne Baptista

State Coordinator of Standing Committees


Ordinary Members of Committee (5 places)

Dr Deborah Towns OAM,,
Hean Bee Wee AM,
Susannah Duncan,
Ronniet Milliken

Individual Members Representative


Regional Branch Representative

Alexandra Jeffrey, Geelong Branch President