National Council of Women Victoria

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

  • The Annual ‘My Vote My Voice’ Student Event 2019

  • Article and photos from the 2019 Pioneer Women’s Ceremony

  • Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Rt Hon. Sally Capp’s speech at the Pioneer Women’s Ceremony

  • Penny Scott’s speech at the My Vote My Voice 2018 event

  • My Vote My Voice, 2018 article

  • May Forum 2018 Report

  • Dr Sharman Stone’s article for My Vote My Voice 24 August 2017

  • Key Address Michelle Richards MVMV 2017

  • Intergenerational Feminist Meeting,  Dr Deborah Towns

  • The Troubled Youth Forum and Outcomes Statement from 24 May 2017

  • Congratulations to NCWV members for Australia Day and Queens Birthday Awards

Australia Day Pioneer Women’s Ceremony, Monday 20th January

This is an annual commemoration of pioneer women, and includes a flag raising ceremony by Girl Guides Victoria at 10:30am. This will be held in the Women’s Peace Garden, Epsom Road Kensington. The garden was designed incorporating the ‘peace’ symbol and the ‘female’ symbol. This area was built on the old Newmarket saleyards which closed in the 1980s, with the garden built in 1986 to commemorate the International Year of Peace. It was designed by a team of women, with plants chosen to fit with the colours of the Women’s Movement — green, purple and white, and to symbolise remembrance — peace rose, rosemary and olive trees.

We are delighted to have as our speaker, Pam Robinson OAM, who will be focussing on pioneering women in the environment and conservation. Pam has a background in land management, ‘Women are Farmers’ and was one of the founders of Landcare Victoria, initiated by Joan Kirner. A love of, and commitment to, Natural Resources, Landcare, Local Government and Rural – Urban Community relationships has been the core of Pam’s life for over 50 years and continues to be so.

There is parking available in nearby streets, with train and trams close by, and easy access to all levels of mobility (refer to map in flyer). There will be pergolas to allow for sun and rain and some delightful shady trees. Chairs and water will be provided (BYO cup/bottle).



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

Download 2019-20 Individual and Organisational Membership Form here

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 2019-2020

NCWV AGM was held on 5th September with the following people elected to Committee


Elisabeth Newman

Vice President A

Freda Kaufman

Vice President B

Ronniet Milliken

Hon. Secretary / Public Officer

Pam Hammond


Hean Bee Wee AM

State Coordinator of Standing Committees


Ordinary Members of Executive (5 places)

Elida Brereton
June Anderson

Individual Members Group Convenor

Beverley Kannegiesser

Regional Branch Representative

Marita Fitzpatrick, Geelong Branch President

Back row: May, Freda, Ronniet, Elida, June, Beverley, Marita; Front row: Hean Bee, Elisabeth, Pam

Also at the AGM, Elisabeth Newman was made an Honorary Life Member of NCWV, nominated by Janet Galley OAM and endorsed by the Committee. She has been a member for over 40 years, then joined the Executive/Committee in 1981 holding positions of Vice President, Public Officer and Individual Member Representative. During her term as Vice President in 2017, she took the role of Interim President from May to the AGM in September when she was elected as President.

To quote Janet, “her dedication to Health and Well Being Standing Committees has been outstanding”. She undertook to support, inform, educate and encourage members to understand PAP smears, Breast Screen Victoria, and Why Women’s Health, attending meetings and reporting to Council. She was NCWA Health Convener and Adviser 1994-2000. “There is no doubt that Elisabeth Margaret Newman would be a well-deserved appointee as an Honorary Life Member of NCWV.”