NFAW 2017 Annual Dinner 24 October 2017

The NFAW Annual Dinner held at the National Press Club in Canberra on 24 October was a great success.  Virginia Haussegger, former journalist and now Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra spoke to around 80 of us about the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation – the gender quality initiative she heads at the University’s Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis.

A Century of Milestones: Women and Justice in Queensland


Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ Parliament House Brisbane

NFAW and UNAAQ are partnering in organising a function to celebrate A Century of Milestones for Women and Justice.

It will be held at Queensland Parliament House from 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 July, kindly hosted by Hon Di Farmer Deputy Speaker of the House.

  1. Welcome
  2. UNAAQ was gifted an indigenous anthem.
  3. Hon Di Farmer opens the events setting the scene for a century of milestones.
  4. Dr Mary Crawford, retiring President for the National Foundation for Australian Women will share insights from her terms in office and the broad range of women’s public policy initiatives.
  5. Donnell Davis will share the renewed role of UNAA and the importance of the empowerment of the whole of community (through the voices of women), reflecting Sustainable Development Goals 5, 8,10, and 16.
  6. Thanks and close.

Please arrive at 5.30 for the formal security process with your photo identification. The attendance charge is $35 per person covering refreshments. You can book at Eventbrite For further info: 0432978230 women-and-justice-in-queensland-with-national-foundation-for-australian-women

Farewell Mary Owen – feisty, strong, feminist

Vale Mary Owen OAM

Mary Owen OAM passed away on 23 March.

NFAW’s Australian Women’s Archives Project began as a community based organisation’s response to a request from Mary Owen for help with conserving the records of her long and varied contribution to public life.

Mary was a foundation member of EMILY’s List. She was also the joint Coordinator of The Working Women’s Centre Melbourne with Sylvie Shaw, 1975-1986, when it was absorbed into the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She was a staff member of AAESDA (Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors & Draughtsmen of Australia), 1965 -1975; a member of Women’s Electoral Lobby from 1972; and a member of La Trobe University Council 1983-1990. She was appointed Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University 1989.

A feisty, strong, feminist, Mary was still fighting to the end, her daughter, Wendy said.

Born in 1921, Mary was a woman who effected change – and made Australia a better, more equal place for all of us coming after her. Thank you Mary, you will be missed.

Vale Mary Owen.

Annual Pamela Denoon Lecture – 7pm Wednesday 8th March (International Women’s Day)

Josephine Cashman, ‘The importance of mothers and families in lowering the indigenous incarceration rate’.

Coombs Lecture Theatre Building 8A, Fellows Road Australian National University

The over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system nationally has been the subject of extensive documentation, criticism and concern since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991. I argue that the key to solving high levels of Indigenous imprisonment is through a focus on families and mothers. It is important to consider the drivers of offending behaviours including drug and alcohol abuse, poor school retention and performance, poor health, and unemployment. But more importantly, we must ask why so many children enter the criminal justice system and placed into care, and why Indigenous women are victimised at such high levels. We need to move away from the rationale that positive change will only come from the provision of services, such as parenting and other health programs. Such services are important, however, it is vital to ensure that every child and mother has a safe home and the same opportunities as every other Australian.


Josephine Cashman is a Worimi woman from NSW. She is a lawyer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur with more than 18 years’ experience working on projects to create social and economic empowerment with Indigenous communities. In 2013, Josephine was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Indigenous Advisory Council and Chair of its Safe Communities Committee. More recently Josephine was appointed as Secretary of the Board of Directors at Gadigal Information Service. As a lawyer, she has worked for more than nine years in the Australian courts and has worked in consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and non-profit sector organisations. Josephine recently spoke at a special session on violence against Indigenous women and children at the UN full Human Rights Council in Geneva and is acknowledged for her work at all levels of the community to help bring an end to violence.

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An evening with Soozey Johnstone … Insider insights into I Am The Problem – Melbourne – Tuesday 28 February 2017

Soozey is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected business advisors who shapes businesses of today into the compassionate corporations of tomorrow.

Soozey is enjoying great success with her first book, “I Am The Problem”. This book brilliantly reveals the roadblocks that hold teams back – roadblocks of character, team dynamics, or missing skills – and the roadblocks in ourselves that we can cure. During the evening Soozey will discuss the gap between what women want for themselves, and what their organisations want from them, and how to bring those two things into alignment. She is the brains behind dramatic turnarounds in organisations performances solely by focusing on their people, and also the key ingredient in many people either making a positive career move or being promoted. Soozey is professional, approachable, and knowledgeable who has the ability of getting to the core of business issues in an insightful and refreshing way. This is an event not to be missed.

DATE:       Tuesday 28 February 2017

TIME:        5.30pm – drinks and canapes

  6.00pm – guest speaker

  7.00pm – networking

  7.30pm – close

VENUE:    Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 25, 567 Collins Street (nearest corner King Street)

COST:       Donation to NFAW (tax deductible)    NFAW is funded by your donations. Please help by donating to enable NFAW to continue to be the collective voice for Australian women.

RSVP: Friday 24 February 2017


ENQUIRIES: Jo Jenson 0409 123 328

Presented by: National Foundation for Australian Women

Supported by: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Thanks to all for the efforts put into a great 2016

Seasons Greetings and all the best for 2017

NFAW Annual Dinner – Tuesday 29 November 2016

More than 60 of us enjoyed meeting each other and listening to Barbara Deegan speak about the impact of increasing casualisation of the Australian workforce. More and more employees are being engaged on short term contracts which reduce their benefits and access to leave and mean that it is difficult for them to qualify eg for mortgage loans. While regulations apply, enforcement and monitoring is constrained because of limited resourcing for the Fair Work Ombudsman.


Adelaide 19 – 22 September 2016 Prevalent & Preventable, international conference on preventing violence against women and their children

New speakers, early bird registration closing 17 July, and more

Prevalent & Preventable is an international conference dedicated to exploring the emerging opportunities and challenges of preventing violence against women and children across the diversity of Australian society.

Working from the latest international and national evidence, Prevalent & Preventable brings together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to develop solutions to end violence against women.

The conference will translate international ideas into local spaces, and focus on actions to end the high rates of violence against women and children in Australia and across our region.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women with disability and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds need to be front and centre in efforts to end violence against women. Prevalent & Preventable will explore ways to prevent violence while tackling discrimination and disadvantage faced by these communities.

The conference will also explore how best to work with children and young people as agents of change to end violence against women in Australia.

Planning for the conference is well under way with the program firming up quickly.

We are proud to announce more of the great speakers who are set to appear alongside our international keynote speakers. These include:

  • Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, AM Chair, Our Watch and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
  • Ms Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, campaigner against family violence
  • Ms Mary Barry, CEO, Our Watch

Other exciting sessions that have just been confirmed include:

  • Jennifer Uwineza and Andrew Taukolo from #R4Respect in Logan City speaking on campaigns and cultural change in the community
  • Members from the Young Women’s Advisory Group (AWAVA’s sister alliance) and members from the Equality Rights Alliance sharing their experience as young people creating change
  • An Our Watch Media Training Session that will include advice and tips for how the sector can communicate with the media to get increased and appropriate coverage of the issue involved in violence against women and children.

Alongside the program there will also be a small exhibition, so if you have a product or service that you wish to publicise to attendees, don’t miss this opportunity – spaces are very limited so contact the Conference Secretariat ( to discuss what’s available.

Early bird registrations closing 17 July!

Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration rate – rates increase on 17 July. With early bird rates ending so soon, you will need to be quick!


As with any conference, we couldn’t do this without our sponsors and we are delighted to welcome the Northern Territory Government’s support. We thank all our sponsors, especially our Principal Sponsors – the South Australian Government.

Does your organisation want to become involved at a different level? How about supporting another delegate to attend, or sponsoring a session/speaker? Contact the Conference Secretariat (, visit the website or phone +61 2 6162 0345 to discuss the various opportunities available. We can tailor a package to suit your budget.

Stay in touch!

Want to keep up-to-date with the conference? Register your interest at, email or follow us on Twitter: @AWAVA_women, @OurWatchAus, @WESNETAustralia, @AusAWG or @Julie_Oberin

NFAW event in Perth 7 June 2016

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) was delighted to host a forum in Perth on 7 June 2016 to promote gender diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Generously supported by Deloitte WA, more than 40 guests in professional and leadership roles representing industry, the not for profit sector, government and academia, were challenged by presentations from 3 extraordinary women about the continuing difficulties for women pursuing careers in STEM fields:

Professor Cobie Rudd – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice President at Edith Cowan University;

Marjolein Towler – Director of Consultus Pty Ltd, Chair of Women in Technology WA (WITA) and an Information Designer, Facilitator, Project Manager and Processes professional;

Alex Atkins – Manager in Risk Advisory, Deloitte, geologist and mining engineer

Common themes in the presentations included:

  • The need for engagement with children and young people to pursue careers in STEM fields;
  • Breaking down gendered stereotypes about STEM and careers available to men and women in those sectors;
  • The need for institutional change to support women in academia progressing their STEM careers

The NFAW is looking forward to continuing its engagement around Australia in creating opportunities for discussions about the issues important to Australian women.

Having recently completed its annual Gender Lens on the Commonwealth Budget, the Social Policy Committee of the NFAW is immersed in preparation of a comparative analysis of the policies of the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election on 2 July.

It will be essential reading for all Australians interested in gender equality.

To find out more about the NFAW and what you can do to support its important work, go to

Canberra – Tuesday 26 July: ACT of Women Giving host ‘Bringing the Light – the Story of Seven Women’


Filmed over a period of four years, this film follows a group of Nepalese women whose lives have been empowered through education, skills training and income generation. This is a story of courage, resilience and strength as these women seek to create a better life for themselves, their families and other women in Nepal.


WHEN: Tuesday 26th July, 5pm – 7pm

VENUE:The Alastair Swayn Theatre
33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
Canberra, ACT 2609

COST: $25



CONTACT: Lesley Harris | 0419 123 515 |

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