National Council of Women Victoria

The May edition of the NCWV Newsletter is now available.

NCWV MAY FORUM, Thursday May 2, 12:00pm, Ross House, 247/251 Flinders Lane

Domestic and Family Violence, a National Epidemic

We all have a role to play in ending family violence (FV). We hope our Forum can develop a shared understanding of actions being taken, how policy can be reformed, services improved and how effective strategies can be embedded in practice and innovation across the FV sector.

We were delighted that Tania Faha, CEO of Safe and Equal, a peak body for specialist FV services that provides support to victim survivors in Victoria, spoke. Their vision is a world beyond family and gender-based violence, where women, children and all people from marginalised communities are safe and respected.

Rena Francesco, Director, Strategy, Policy and Reform - Family Violence Command at Victoria Police, a role she has performed since November 2021.

Dr Deborah Towns spoke on the Elsie Conference and its outcomes in addressing reduction in FV.

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: May 2024, April 2024, March 2024, 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