Member Organisations

Australian Local Government Women’s Association

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The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) is the peak body representing women ‘s issues in the Australian Local Government sector. ALGWA was formed in Canberra in 1951 by local government women from all states of Australia who were attending the Commonwealth Jubilee Women’s Convention ALGWA is an incorporated, not for profit organisation supporting and encouraging women across Australia to participate in Local Government and community decision making. The Association has Branches in all states and the Northern Territory and membership is open to all interested in supporting women’s participation in Local Government.
More information about ALGWA  can be found on the web site at www.algwa.net.au

Australian Women in Agriculture

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Australian Women in Agriculture Ltd (AWiA) is a national organisation for women involved or interested in all aspects of primary production, from the farm to the classroom, extension, research, marketing, decision-making and industry bodies. AWiA was established in 1993 as a support network for women. With no “branch” structure, members meet through informal local groups, at General Meetings, the Annual Conference, through the email Forum and over the phone. The nationally representative Board of Management deals with organisational matters.
More details about AWiA are available at www.awia.org.au

Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA)


The Country Women’s Association was first formed in New South Wales in 1922. Over the next 14 years each state and the Northern Territory formed a CWA and in 1945, that national body was formed. Today  the CWA has approximately 40,000 members meeting in 1600 branches throughout all States and the Northern Territory. This makes it Australia’s largest women’s organisation. The aim of the association is to improve living conditions for country women and children, especially those women in rural and remote Australia. CWA is non party political and non sectarian and is open to all women who are in sympathy with the aims of the association. The Association’s opinion is sought in many arenas and a strong working relationship with Government in all States and the Northern Territory shows a healthy respect for the “Human face and grass roots perspective” which the C.W.A. of Australia has projected for 50 years.
More information on CWAA can be found at www.cwaa.org.au

National Rural Health Alliance

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The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is the peak non-government body working for good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia. The NRHA is comprised of 28 member bodies, each of which is a national organisation in its own right.  Member Bodies represent health clinicians, researchers, educators, service providers, managers, health students, Indigenous organisations and consumers.  The NRHA works collaboratively and with a common purpose to present to governments, the health sector and the public at large a united and determined voice about those issues that are important for achieving their common goal of equitable access to high quality, appropriate health services for all Australians, regardless of their geographic location. The NRHA works on any aspect of public policy that has an impact on health outcomes in rural areas.  This includes rural and regional development, telecommunications, transport, cultural safety, illness prevention and education, as well as health and health services in the narrow sense.  Therefore, the Alliance aims to help the diverse communities of rural and remote Australia to be healthy and health-promoting places in which to live and work.
More information on the NRHA can be found at www.nrha.org.au

Women in Seafood Australasia

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Women in Seafood Australasia is the only national organisation in Australia representing the interests of women involved or associated with the Australian seafood industry.  Women in Seafood Australasia aims to recognise and enhance the skills of seafood women; develop effective partnerships with government agencies and other industry stakeholders and provide community education on all aspects of the seafood industry. Women in Seafood Australasia works with regional development task forces, peak fishing industry bodies, research providers, industry development boards, and associations and rural affairs units. We have developed partnerships with Commonwealth/ State/Territory government and peak industry bodies and associations and other national women’s organisations. Seafood women of Women in Seafood Australasia are also making their presence felt with their input into government plans and policies at state and national levels. WINSC is a vital link for industry and government to work as one and move the seafood industry of Australia forward into an international producer, harvesting and producing safe, quality seafood products.
Further information about Women in Seafood Australasia can be found at www.winsc.org.au