National Council of Women Victoria


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

As 2022 was the 120th Anniversary of NCWV, we focussed on 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. See April newsletter

Our Annual Luncheon celebrated the 120th Anniversary of NCWV at the Lyceum Club, November 25, acknowledging all presidents from 1902. The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, our Patron, spoke on making prominent women more visible in the City. See December newsletter.

In 2022 media reported on the Plan International Australia Survey of 1000 young women in Australia that: Three quarters of young women voting for first time in the federal election do not believe Australian politics is an equal space for women and people of colour - Plan International Australia.

The data is part of Represent Us, a report launched on 9 May 2022 by Plan International Australia, the charity for girls’ equality that laid bare the “white boys club” that is the Canberra bubble and includes powerful recommendations on how we can make Parliament more equal and safe, right now. Interested to hear directly from young people and consider opportunities for NCWV to support same – we invited the Plan International Australia Team to speak with us ahead of IWD 2023. We are delighted Susanne Legena, CEO, and members of her team including Youth Activists, will present at our twilight March Council Meeting in person at Ross House and by ZOOM: Thursday 2 March 2023 at 5pm for 5:15 pm Speaker. We know you will be interested to hear directly from these young women about the Survey of 1000 young women, their concerns and achievements including

These topics resonate with our members and their concerns – from FGM eradication to safety online and in the city.

Earlier in 2022 we heard from speakers on democracy with a gender lens including Professor Marilyn Lake AO, Dr Judith Smart AM, Mannie Kaur Verma, Director YWCA Victoria, Dr Vanessa Teague, and political mentor Carolyn Ingvarson.

Since August 2022, we have been looking FORWARD - focusing on girls and young women who are the state and nation’s future – including:

  • gendered stereotypes in children’s literature;

  • Girl Guides Victoria developing curious and courageous young women leaders;

  • My Vote My Voice: students thoughts on the role of Treaty in achieving Reconciliation

  • Trades Women Australia encouraging girls/women to take up non-traditional trades.

While there have been substantial improvements in the lives of women and girls across urban and regional Victoria and Australia, we are clearly NOT YET THERE, including in regard to women’s economic equality and security, sexual harassment and violence against women and children.

We look forward to you joining us at the Council Meeting in person or by ZOOM.

The following newsletters are now available: 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 2022 - 2023

>> 2021-2022 NCWvic Annual Report

NCWV AGM was held 1 September with the following people elected to Committee


Ronniet Milliken

Vice President A

Elida Brereton

Vice President B


Hon. Secretary / Public Officer

Tracey Ahern


Helen Nguyen

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
Deanne Batista
Robyn Byrne OAM

Individual Members Representative

Elisabeth Newman AM

Regional Branch Representative

Alexandra Jeffrey, Geelong Branch President


Robyn Byrne, June Anderson, Deanne Baptista, Helen Bruchner, Deb Towns, Elida Brereton, Elisabeth Newman, Hean Bee Wee, Pam Hammond, Vicki Ward MP, Cindy McLeish MP, Ronniet Milliken. (missing Alexandra Jeffrey; Helen Nguyen; Tracey Ahern).