About Us

The National Council of Women of New South Wales 

NCWNSW represent a range of women’s organisations and is a State constituent Council of the National Council of Women Australia and the International Council of Women.

As a member organisation, we advocate for and influence decisions within political, economic and social institutions. Every day our volunteers work to make a positive impact and change.

We also offer bursaries to support female students, encouraging leadership and learning, and advocating for greater financial literacy.

We are the voice for all women as they journey through life in New South Wales.

Founded at Sydney Town Hall on the 26th August 1896.

Originally eleven organisations were represented at a meeting at the Sydney Town Hall on 26 August 1896.

They included the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union; Sydney University Women’s Association; Infants Home; Womanhood Suffrage League of NSW; Education for Deaf, Dumb and Blind; Working and Factory Girls’ Club; Ministering Children’s Fresh Air League; Women’s Hospital and Dispensary; Queen’s Jubilee Fund; Women’s Silk Growing Co-operative and Industrial Association; German Women’s Benevolent Society; and the Women’s Literary Society.

The establishment of the Women’s College at Sydney University and the Women’s Club are two examples of the innovative foresight of these women. Several women present were experiencing what we now call ‘lived experienced’, keen to ensure their rights and their children’s rights were progressing.

Our Vision

The Voice to Advance and Promote Women



Our Values


Equity and Inclusion

Change Leadership






Our Mission

To provide leadership and advocate for the empowerment of women by harnessing our collective to drive change



How we work.

Our Standing Committees and Advisers work in these five areas. They investigate, advocate for and report on their specialised areas of concern.


Human Rights, Legislation and Implementation of Conventions 

International Relations and Peace 


Health, Nutrition and Well Being

Environment and Habitat


Ageing, Disability and Mental Health 

Child Youth and Family 

Migration and Aboriginal and First Nations


Rural, Regional and Remote Women

Economics, Employment and Consumer Affairs 



Arts, Letters and Music


At the National Council of Women NSW, we believe every voice matters.

If you want to add your voice to our advocacy actions, contact us and apply to become a member.  To enquire about becoming a member and lending your support and voice to progress the advancement of women and girls in New South Wales and beyond, click below.



The first 120 years (1896-2016)

Our Presidents over the years

The first 120 years (1896-2016)