National Council of Women Victoria

Message from the President to all Members and Friends of NCWV, 26th March 2020

Dear NCWV Members and Friends,

It has happened; regrettably, due to the crisis caused by the corona virus, all NCWV meetings are cancelled for the time being. At the Committee meeting held on Thursday 19th March, it was resolved that all meetings and events of NCWV must cease, with immediate effect. This means all the Council, Individual Members and Standing Committee meetings are cancelled until further notice. The May Forum has been postponed as has the Individual Members’ outing scheduled for April; it is likely both will have to be cancelled for this year. It may not be possible to hold “My Vote My Voice” in August.

The Committee will hold its meetings electronically. Pam Hammond, Hon. Secretary, and I, both working from home, will keep in contact by email and phone. We will circulate reports, including one from me, with an agenda in the form of a virtual Council meeting at the start of each month replacing the monthly face to face Council meetings held on the first Thursday of the month. We will forward anything of significance between times. Pam will continue to produce the newsletter, the next is due in April. May Hu OAM, Standing Committee Convener, will keep in contact with the Standing Committee members. Although we cannot meet in person the work of NCWV will continue. In particular, with so many jobless, we will be monitoring the effects this crisis is having on the general well-being and mental health of Victorians.

During this period of isolating ourselves, it is more important than ever that we maintain social contact. Please, if you have any queries, problems or just feel lonely do make contact. Part of my job is to support you all as best I can. I can be contacted via the NCWV email or phone: 0447 351 234 or my email or postal address as below.

We are notified by the PO when we receive mail in the PO Box, which necessitates going to the city to collect the mail, something I am not keen doing at the moment. I will go about every three weeks if restrictions on movement permit. If you wish to send anything by post, such as newsletters, can you please use my private address: Post Office Box 5164, Middle Park, Vic., 3206.

I emptied the NCWV box on 23rd March. It is beyond NCWV’s means to have mail re-directed.

The NCWA mid-term Conference, due to be held in May, has been postponed until October. Please stay safe and well. I look forward to seeing you all once this crisis is over, whenever that may be. I have never known such uncertainty as there is in the world at present. Let us hope, when this crisis is over, the world will be a better place.

Elisabeth Newman AM


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

  • 59th Australia Day Pioneer Women’s Ceremony, 20th January 2020, Women’s Peace Garden

  • 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 Honours 2020

Elisabeth Margaret Newman has been made an honorary Member of the Order of Australia - in the General Division (AM), for significant service to women at the national and international level.

Elisabeth has been a member for over 40 years, she became a Committee member in 1981, then Vice President, Public Officer and Individual Member Representative. When Vice President in May 2017, she became Interim President and at the AGM was elected President. As Health Adviser she informed and educated members on PAP smears, Breast Screen Victoria, Why Women’s Health and more. She was NCWA National Health Adviser 1994-2000.

Elisabeth has regularly attended ICW-CIF General assemblies, becoming a Life Member in 1997. She served on ICW-CIF Board as Board Member and Vice President, and as Joint Coordinator Standing Committees. On retiring she was co-opted back onto the ICW-CIF Board.

Dr Judith Beryl Smart, Member of the Order of Australia - in the General Division (AM), for significant service to education, to social research and to women.

Dr Desiree Swei-Lien Yap, Member of the Order of Australia - in the General Division (AM), for significant service to women’s health and to medicine.


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.”