National Council of Women of Victoria

About National Council of Women of Victoria

Patron in Chief: The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC


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The Beginning...

Established in Victorian 1902, the National Council of Women of Victoria is one of the oldest women's organisations in Victoria. It is non-sectarian and non-party political in encouraging the participation of women in all aspects of community life.

At the first NCWV congress in 1903 among the subjects debated were:

These are still on the agenda today!

Early Achievements

Through the efforts of the standing Committees of NCWV alone or with other organisations some of our earlier achievements were:

  • Women as School Inspectors (first one in 1914)

  • Increased pay for Junior Teachers (1920's)

  • Access to Agricultural Colleges (1967)  

  • Appointment of first (2) Policewomen (1917)

  • Women Magistrates (1927)

  • Women Jurors (Commenced in 1915 with legislation to amend the Jurie's Act, passed in 1974 - 60 Years Later

  • Rights of the Child (1905 8)                

  • Widows Pension (advocated in 1925, introduced 17 years later)


  • Equal Pay for Equal Work


  • Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens (1934)

Recent Achievements

Curent Issues

Structure of National Council of Women of Victoria

The Executive Committee consists of the President, Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Regional Vice President, Immediate Past President (12mths), Coordinator of Standing Committees, Associates Convener, one representative from each branch
and five Executive Committee members who meet monthly.

NCWV has regional branches at: Central Gippsland, Geelong and Goulburn Valley (Shepparton)

NCWV has a strong network of Standing Committees and pro bono advisers to assist with the preparation of submissions on a wide range of issues. Most of the work is undertaken through five Standing Committees, Communications, General Wellbeing, Social Issues, Status of Women and Sustainable Development.

Further work is undertaken on projects and special events by members as individuals or in project groups.

Council Membership categories are Affiliates (Affiliated Organisations are entitled to 2 representatives per organisation) and Associates (individual members) who, along with the Executive Committee, meet together at council meetings which are held monthly, 10 times per year.


History of NCWV

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Privacy Statement

Revised Commonwealth Privacy Laws are now in place and give you new rights in terms of personal information held by organisations, such as the right to access your personal information and correct it if needed. These Laws also state how organisations may collect, disclose and keep safe your personal information.

The National Council of Women of Victoria values and has always protected your privacy. Any personal information which NCWV keeps about you, such as your address, enables NCWV to conduct the business of Council and deliver and enhance the services we provide. NCWV recognises and supports your right to privacy in relation to this information and will continue to handle it with care and in accordance with legal requirements.

You can gain access to your personal information and advise the NCWV Secretariat at any time if that information is inaccurate or incomplete, on:


(03) 9421 1602