Welcome to the ALGWA New South Wales Branch Website.
The NSW branch of the Australian Local Government Women's association founded at Canberra, 1951.
ALGWA (NSW) is the state's peak representative body for women who are in any way involved or interested in local goverment.
ALGWA measures its success by the number of women encouraged to join Local Government.
In 1951, when ALGWA was first organised, only 54 women had been elected. By December 1974 a total of 877 women had been elected in Australia, of whom 460 were then sitting members.
While South Australia had the first woman in local government with Mrs Susan Grace Benny, JP, elected in 1919, NSW has been the most successful state.
In 1974, 169 women were elected, the highest number elected up to that time in any one State, and the first woman Lord Mayor in Australia (Alderman Lilian M Fowler, MBE, MLA, JP, Newtown Municipal Council) was elected.
At the 1995 elections 406 women were elected in NSW (22.5%). There were 27 women Mayors (15%) and 37 Deputy Mayors but there were still 12 Councils with no women at all.
To assist in furthering women's knowledge and understanding of the function of local government
To protect and enhance the interests and rights of women in local government.
To take action in relation to any subject or activity of particular interest to women affecting local governing bodies and/or local government legislation.
To act in an advisory capacity to intending women candidates for local government elections.
To encourage women into professional careers in local government.
State Branches are federated through a common National Constitution with the National Board. The National Board represents the association at the National level. The National Board supports the State Branches and holds its Biennial AGM in conjunction with the State Conferences.
The next Biennial Annual General meeting of the board will be in Adelaide in 2009
The Association currently has six states as members and a Network in the Northern Territory, the Northern Territory is in the process of becoming a Branch in its own right. Visit the ALGWA National Board website
The UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) and the NSW Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA NSW) have developed an exciting Program, “Empowering Women in Local Government.”
This innovative Program has been specifically developed to support women who are interested in:
nominating as candidates in the next NSW Local Government elections, new candidates or currently serving councillors
seeking employment in the Local Government sector
improving their skills as Local Government staff, to improve promotion prospects
“Empowering Women in Local Government” is a unique learning opportunity developed by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (NSW) and the University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG).
This innovative program has been specifically designed to support women considering:
standing for election in the NSW 2016 Local Government elections
existing women councillors and
women working within the local government sector.
Company Directors Course
Foundations of Directorship
This program will provide 55 scholarships to current and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse female directors. In this stream, 30 scholarships for the Company Directors Course and 25 for the Foundations of Directorship program will be awarded, in addition to 12 months complimentary membership to the AICD.
To be eligible for this program an applicant must be female and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or come from a culturally or linguistically diverse background
Applicants must be currently employed or recently employed (within the last three years) in order to qualify for a scholarship.
For more information please see:
NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into Local Government
This inquiry is a current Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6. General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 is inquiring into local government in New South Wales.
The NSW Government is committed to achieving justice and equality for all women in NSW.
The NSW Women's Plan sets out the NSW Government’s key achievements and future directions across four priority areas:
Supporting women in education, work and care.
Increasing women’s participation and representation in all aspects of public life.