National Council of Women Victoria

May 2016

My Vote My Voice – The Right to Vote, the Right to Stand, Friday 12th August 2016
This is an invitation from National Council of Women Victoria for students to take apart in our annual My Vote My Voice event run by Young NCWVic. Here is your chance to make a brief presentation on ‘The Right to vote; the right to stand – the involvement of women in local government in Victoria’ in Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament of Victoria on Friday 12 August 2016.

Our 2016 event is designed to encourage students to investigate the level of participation of women in the community, particularly local government, past, present and future. The Australian Local Government Women’s Association has provided copies of ‘The Right to vote; the right to stand – the involvement of women in local government in Victoria’, for each participating school, to help students in their research.

Students are invited to make three minute presentations on the 2016 theme, to the invited audience of students, community members and a panel of ALGWA members.

Although places are limited, we would welcome up to 6 students from your school, with no more than 3 to speak, and accompanying staff or parents to attend. We have arranged the half day program with on-arrival refreshments and photographs from 8.30 am, then students and guests will move to the Legislative Council Chamber for a program of speeches, student presentations and panel comments that will conclude at 12 noon. We hope some of your students will be able to attend on August 12th.

Further details and photographs are available on the YoungNCWVic facebook page Students from participating schools and their teachers are encouraged to send some information about their preparation for the event via NCWV’s  wordpress blog 

Please register your school group as soon as possible, not later than noon on Friday June 17th via  
For further information, ph: 9421 1602/ 0447 351 234.

My Vote My Voice 2016 has the support of the President of the Legislative Council, and the Education and Community Engagement Unit, Parliament of Victoria; Australian Local Government Women’s Association(Victoria), the League of Women Voters Bessie Rischbieth Trust and the Victorian Electoral Commission see:

My Vote My Voice August 2015
Sophie Nowicka

Sheila Byard, President


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.


Our 2015 theme is 'Working together'

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 2013-14


Sheila Byard


Dr. Pamela Williams OAM


Benjie Perryman

Vice Presidents

Barbara Brown  & Bronwyn Badham

Regional Vice President:

Janice Latham, NCWV Geelong Branch

Standing Committee Co-ordinators:

May Hu JP

Five elected members:

Elisabeth Newman
Freda Kaufman
Guosheng Chen 
May Hu JP 
Gauri Kapoor

Convenor of the Individual Members Group:

Barbara Brown

Geelong Branch:

Janice Latham

Central Gippsland Branch:

Jan Baxter

Immediate Past President 2013-14:

Jennie Russell OAM

Non-voting member

Archivist Janet Galley OAM
Barbara Latham