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National Council of Women NSW

Newsletter Issue No.1 January-March 2023

Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South


From the President…

It is so great to be back seeing people in person again and joining with others in our ongoing work for equity and security for all.

This will be a ‘learning’ year for all of us as it will be my last year as President of NCW NSW. I am keen to transfer my knowledge

and make sure that my successor will have a great base to continue the work of NCW NSW. This has to be a ‘team’ effort – no one

can do it ‘on their own’.

Over these last few months we have been working on a Strategic Plan, facilitated by Dr Angeline Low. Angeline is a long time

member and our current Individual Members Representative. It is a number of years since we have had an ‘active’ strategic plan.

This work will complement the governance structure as per our Constitution. I am grateful for the contribution of all those who

gave up many hours of ‘spare’ time to share knowledge, ideas and worked together to come up with this first part, then

formulating action plans and ongoing tasks to ensure it comes to fruition.

NCW NSW’s three Vice-Presidents (Leshia Bubniuk, Yvette Kinkade, Karen Levin) have also undertaken tasks that involve many

hours of work developing and updating the website, planning that underpins our events for 2023 and working on our finance

area to ensure we are sustainable into the future. Thank you to everyone who has been assisting with their work.

Continued page 2

Inside This Issue

Letter from the President

Homelessness Crisis

Spotlight on...


News, Updates & Events



Diary & Save the Dates

Members Extra's

1, 2

3, 4



7, 8






NCW NSW INC. is affiliated with the

National Council of Women Australia Inc,

and the International Council of Women.


Tonya Valentino, Editor

E info@ncwnsw.org.au

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From the President Continued…

International Women’s Day 2023 – I am always conflicted and joyous about this day. I love that there are so many celebrations

happening in across cities, towns, villages and homes across New South Wales. However, always conscious that we still have too

many women experiencing violence and wonder how many more years it will take to make our homes, workplaces, leisure

pursuits and other activities free from harassment and violence.

VP Leshia Bubniuk and I were invited to speak to members of BPW Sydney on Wednesday 8 March 2023, our newest NCW NSW

Affiliate Organisation member. Great night, great people in a very nice refurbished city venue – photo below courtesy of BPW

Sydney FB site.

At the February 2023 Council Meeting – Guest Speaker – Dr Kate Da Costa from Wesley Mission spoke to us about their

current initiative of Wesley Mission in encouraging as many organisations as possible to join them in calling for some key policy

reforms in the next term of a NSW government. These are not all the things that need reform, but in their assessment, are

substantial reforms which could be done. The mandatory gambling card has been the reform most in the news in the last few

months. It will be a once in a generation systemic reform and is one of Wesley Mission’s asks.

Put pokies in their place | Wesley Mission

Kate was previously NSW Campaigning and Head of Campaigns for the Alliance for Gambling Reform and since July 2022, the

Advocacy Officer for gambling reform for Wesley Mission.

Many of us have been impacted by family members, friends or colleagues who have succumbed to the scourge of its addiction

and predatory and insidious marketing tactics of those who seek financial gain. The statistics are quite illuminating, shocking

and worth delving into. Thank you for giving up your time, Kate to address NCW NSW.

NOTE: At the Council meeting, following Kate’s presentation it was decided (unanimously) that NCW NSW would become a

supporter of the campaign. (Further details of the campaign can be found on page 9 of this newsletter).

NCWA – Submission sent earlier in February to Minister Butler re: Gender Stereotypes and National Women's Health Advisory


This had its genesis in ‘pharma testing on men and male mice’ with perceived negative outcomes for women in clinical settings

and little information to women about the adverse effects (unknown or otherwise) that could occur for women or adolescent

girls. It was then driven by Ronniet Milliken, NCWA Coordinator of Standing Committees and Cassandra Szoeke, University of

Melbourne and approved by the NCWA Board.

Resolutions from the 2022 NCWA Conference – link.

Julie Morris - President NCW NSW

NCW NSW Newsletter 2

A person is considered to be homeless in Australia if they:



• do not have access to safe, secure adequate housing, or, if the only housing they have access to damages, or is likely to

damage, their health.

• are in circumstances which threaten or adversely affect the adequacy, safety, security, or afford-ability of their home.

• have no security of tenure – that is, they have no legal right to continued occupation of their living area.

People who are homeless in Australia are classified into one of six categories. These are:

• improvised dwellings, tents, sleepers out

• supported accommodation

• people staying with other households

• boarding houses

• other temporary lodgings

• severely overcrowded dwellings.

According to NCOSS website, NSW is experiencing a social and affordable housing crisis that has worsened over the last decade

of neglect and recent events including bushfires, floods, and the pandemic. There are more than 50,000 people waiting for social

housing with wait times of up to 10 years and more.

The rate of homelessness is increasing, especially for older people, children and young people, First Nations people, refugees and

asylum seekers, and people experiencing mental illness. Severe overcrowding with a range of physical and mental health impacts,

including DFV and child abuse, is increasing.

There is an unprecedented housing crisis in regional NSW, with housing costs skyrocketing by up to 44% in some areas over the

last 12 months, exacerbated by the relocation of workers from metropolitan areas, housing locked up for use as short-term holiday

rentals, and natural disasters.

In October 2022, a parliamentary inquiry found the "face" of homelessness in NSW is an older person aged over 55 —

particularly women.

It heard that rising rents, domestic violence and cost of living spikes, coupled with lower savings and superannuation, is pushing

older single women to the brink. The inquiry recommended the state government investigate lowering the age for elderly priority

public housing from 80 to 55 — and 55 to 45 for Indigenous people — as it is in Victoria.

Funding a specialist homelessness service for older people — similar to Victoria's Home at Last program — was also among a list

of 40 recommendations. On census night in 2016, NSW showed more than 6, 400 homeless people aged 55 and over! Of those,

2,186 were women — a rise of 48 per cent. When it came to women aged 65 to 74, the increase was 78 per cent. According to

advocacy group The Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG), they believe those figures are more than likely to be the tip of the


HAAG estimates the true number of women aged 55 and over

at risk of homelessness is closer to 240,000 around the

country. "A lot of older people are couch surfing. They're

staying with friends and family, they're pet sitting," Fiona York

(picture IMMEDIATE LEFT), HAAG's executive officer, said.

"They're house sitting in order to keep a roof over their heads.

They're actually on the brink of homelessness."

A report released by Anglicare last year, found older single women over 55 were eight times more likely to be homeless.

"For many women, being jettisoned into housing insecurity and/or homelessness is a first-time experience, with

unemployment, ill health or relationship breakdown being the catalyst,".

Family and Community Services Minister Natasha Maclaren-Jones (pictured with previous NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, ABOVE

RIGHT), said the government recognised the "growing trend of people becoming homeless for the first time later in life, particularly

older women". She said NSW had 154,000 social housing properties, an increase of 10 per cent since 2011.

The inquiry noted that it was unclear why 80 had been chosen as the age for eligibility, with some witnesses suggesting it was a

means of "triaging the elderly" out of social housing. That is a new term for me... Triaging the Elderly. McLaren-Jones further

advised the government is spending $1.2 billion on a range of homelessness and social housing programs. (Continued page 3)

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(Continued from page 2)

The key points from last years' inquiry include the following:

• The NSW government is under fire from advocates for its response to an

elderly homelessness inquiry

• Of 40 recommendations, it supports nine and offers in principle, support for

24 others

• Advocates warn increasing numbers of older people are falling into housing


Homelessness data – where are homeless Australians staying?

• Severely crowded dwellings – Nearly half (44 per cent) of all homeless people live in ‘severely’ crowded dwellings

• Supported accommodation for the homeless – Almost one in five (18 per cent) homeless people live in supported

accommodation for the homeless

• With other households – Approximately 1 in 7 (15 per cent) homeless people stay temporarily with other households

• In improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out – 7 per cent of people experiencing homelessness are rough sleepers

The Salvation Army believes everyone should have a safe, affordable and secure home. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons,

more than 278,000 Australians sought help from Specialist Homelessness Services in 2020-21. This number represents the

homeless population in Australia, and the growing number of people who are at risk of homelessness and are seeking support to

avoid becoming homeless.

The Older Women's Network [OWN] during the inquiry told the previous government the current age limit was "ageist",

"inhumane" and "cruel".

OWN chief executive Yumi Lee, below LEFT, said the government's response to the recommendations was "callous". "It is

devastating, on behalf of all the older women who are desperately trying to get some housing security," she said.

"Imagine having to wait until you are 80 years old before you can get in the priority list. "It is so unacceptable."

She said increasing numbers of older people, especially older women, were falling into housing insecurity and homelessness.

"This inquiry was an opportunity for the government to hear what is happening on the ground,"

Ms Lee said.

"All the recommendations were unanimously supported and, unfortunately, the government has

turned its back on some of the most practical ways put forward to solve the problem."

Ms Lee said the creation of a specialist early intervention agency was critical.

"If you are constantly under stress, couch surfing, living in your car, how can you have the

reserve to build a better life?" she said.

She said older people deserved to live the last year's of their lives "with some degree of peace

and comfort".

The NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on the Ageing said the age of priority housing should be lowered from 80 as a "matter

of urgency", in its submission to the inquiry. It also recommended 5,000 social and affordable homes be built each year older

single women age for the next decade, with 20 per cent dedicated to housing older people.

In response to the inquiry, the previous state government noted but did not support calls to lower the age. Instead, the comment

was issued that any changes to eligibility criteria "must be carefully assessed to ensure they do not inadvertently

discriminate against other vulnerable groups". One third of people on priority housing lists were already aged over 55 or over 45

for First Nations people, the government said... watch this space!

In the meantime, if you would like to access further information of the specs within this article, kindly click on the links at the

bottom of pages 2 and 3.






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International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 as a focal point in the women's rights

movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender inequality, lack of reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against

women. Spurred on by the universal female suffrage movement,

IWD originated from labor movements in North America and Europe during the early 20th century. The

earliest version of the day was a "Woman's Day" organised by the Socialist Party of America in New York

City on February 28, 1909.

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named

Clara Zetkin, Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, (pictured right);

tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there

should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of

over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs - and

including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament - greeted Zetkin's suggestion with

unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result.

The following year saw the first demonstrations

and commemorations of International Women's

Day across Europe.

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia

in 1917 (the beginning of the February

Revolution), IWD was made a national holiday

on March 8; it was subsequently celebrated on

that date by the socialist movement and

communist countries.

The holiday was associated with far-left

movements and governments until its adoption

by the global feminist movement in the late

1960s. IWD became a mainstream global

holiday following its adoption by the United

Nations in 1977.

Fun fact:

It was in 1972 when large IWD marches in Australia began.



The dictionary definition states “the quality of being fair or impartial;

fairness; impartiality” For many, when thinking of equity and

women, it means taking an active role in challenging gender

stereotypes, calling out discrimination, and seeking inclusion in all

we do.

According to embraceingequity.org, Embracing Equity is the first of

its kind to explicitly address equity and anti-racism across

organisations and geographic boundaries in an accessible,

dynamic, virtual learning platform.

Embracing equity is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness

around “Why equal opportunities are no longer enough.” Today is a

time to highlight achievements made by women, but also an

opportunity to become better informed, and collaborate and

brainstorm about the path forward.



NCW NSW Newsletter https://unwomen.org.au/get-involved/international-womens-day/


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National Women’s Health Advisory

Council Meeting - February 2023

On 20 February 2023, the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ged Kearney MP chaired the inaugural

meeting of the National Women’s Health Advisory Council (Council) in Melbourne. The meeting was attended by Members and

Special Advisers representing peak stakeholder organisations, academia, consumer groups, and medical and professional

bodies. Officers from the Department of Health and Aged Care and the National Health and Medical Research Council also


The Council has been established to provide strategic advice and recommendations on how to improve the nation’s health system

to provide better, more targeted and effective healthcare for Australian women and girls, to ensure it is culturally safe and


The Council acknowledges the work already underway across Australia through state, local and community led

organisations to ensure improvements in the health system are realised for women and girls.

At the meeting:

1. Terms of Reference for the Council were endorsed. These are available online at the National Women’s Health and

Advisory Council page at www.health.gov.au.

2. The Council agreed the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 and the key principles identified within the Strategy

will ground the Council’s work.

3. The Council identified key areas where it will focus and deliver practical, tangible and achievable advice on:

• research

• service choice

• access

• empowerment

• safety

4. The Council will take an equity lens and ensure it identifies actions to address the challenges priority populations face.

5. The Council agreed to deliver annual reports to Government including clear recommendations to improve health

outcomes for Australian women and girls.

6. The Council discussed stakeholder engagement and noted that the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) will develop a Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan with input

from the Council.

7. The Council agreed to develop a consumer engagement mechanism to allow consumers and experts to contribute their

experiences and expertise to the Council, acknowledging there are many issues to consider in relation to women’s health.

8. Potential key performance indicators and evaluation mechanisms were discussed. These will be incorporated into a

Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, led by RANZCOG.

9. Assistant Minister Kearney noted the Council has a clear agenda ahead of it and appreciates that every woman and girl has

their own unique experience and journey through the health system.

10. The Council will meet up to six times per year, with the next meeting to be held in early April 2023.

The Council will meet up to 6 times per year, face to face or virtually.

Please click on the following link to review all Council Members, current as of 15 March 2023:


Finally, the Council advises that it will also provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the National Women's

Health Strategy 2020-2030



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News, Updates and Events

Australia Day 2023 started with our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC,

Governor of New South Wales, at the “WugulOra, ‘one mob’ to remind us of an ancient culture and a

history which is written in the landscape and embedded in the ageless traditions of art, dance and song…

(see pictures BELOW LEFT & RIGHT, ).

WugulOra is the connection we have with family, community, land and with each other. It speaks not only

to our oneness but to the sacredness of these connections.”

Then joy to hear of our member, friend and colleague, former NCW NSW President, Annie Kiefer AM

(BOTTOM LEFT), being recognised in the Australia Day Honours. A well-deserved accolade for her for

many, many years of service to the community and women.

Also, for her service to women’s affairs (and other community work), Barbara Baikie OAM (BOTTOM RIGHT)

was recognised. Barbara is a past president of the National Council of Women of Australia and was an

Australian representative to CEDAW.

Like many of their cohort of awardees, both women continued their service throughout times of personal


Congratulations, so proud of both of you – bravo!

Julie Morris - President

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News, Updates and Events

NCWA President, Chiou See Anderson

attended CSW67 in New York along with

some of our ICW-CIF sisters.

We also had the NCWA Secretary, Laura Ives

Hicks attending. Laura lives in WA and

attended on behalf of Girl Guides, 'guiding’ a

number of younger Guides on their journey of

advocacy work.

Many affiliate organisations to NCW NSW had

representatives and activities also.

As usual there were many side events and

other activities happening both F2F and

online – so here is the link for those who

might wish to learn a bit more about the

events - https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw67/


There have been a number of issues in the changeover from the Presidency from South Korea to France.

Please note the change of ECM to Manila, Philippines 6-9 November 2023.

Our thoughts are with our sisters and their families in Türkiye, Syria and ‘across the ditch’ in New Zealand

and of course our Ukrainian sisters.

The Executive Committee consist of the elected and appointed Officers (the Board, the Standing

Committees: Coordinators and Advisors, the Permanent Representatives to the UN System and other

International Organizations), ICW members of ad hoc committees which have been appointed to specific

tasks, the Presidents of the affiliated National Councils, the Presidents of Regional Councils and

Honorary Members.

The Executive Committee shall review the progress of the implementation of the ICW Programme of

Action; discuss current issues relevant to the ICW; adopt emergency Resolutions; initiate planning the

Programme of Action to be adopted by the next General Assembly.

Julie Morris, President, NCW NSW will be attending the Associated Country Women of the World

(ACWW) conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May 2023 – ACWW was an initiative of ICW-CIF in the

late 1920s.


Past Awardees -

Alison Battisson is one of Celebrate Being An Australian Awardees from a few years ago. This podcast was released

on Wednesday 22 Feb 2023 - a great interview with Alison:


Julie Morris - President

NCW NSW Newsletter 8

Vale To Our Queen, Elizabeth II

21st April 1926 - 8th September 2022

NCW NSW Newsletter 9


Doreen Helen Todd, nee Relton.

21.09.1929 - 14.08.2022

Doreen Helen TODD OAM

Loved and cherished wife of Robert (Bob) Todd (dec). Loving and much loved mother and mother-in-law to Stephen

and Stacey, Andrew and Lisa, and Kirsten and Richard.

Fun loving Nana of Charlie, Mitchell, Hamish (dec) Wilson, Livia and Saxon. Loving sister of Wendy (Jenny) and Harold

(both dec).

Doreen was an accomplished and extremely talented pianist and singer - even sharing a stage at a fundraiser with

Dame Joan Sutherland! After leaving school, Doreen studied and began her working career as a physiotherapist. In

2019, she was awarded an OAM for services to women. Her focus on service, committment to others and value to

community will always be remembered and appreciated.

Doreen will be enormously missed by her family and large circle of friends including those within Soroptimist

International, the National Council of Women, St. Catherine’s Old Girls and the Aust Federation of Graduate Women.


Mrs Doreen Todd OAM


Mrs Rosalind Strong


(with her husband)

Rosalind Maybanke Strong.

27 April 1945 - 4 March 2023

Rosalind Maybanke STRONG OAM

Ros joined the Zonta Club of Sydney in 1980 and was President of the club in 1993. She was well known for her

compassion and generosity, and was a champion of many of Zonta’s projects, particularly in recent years in our

involvement in the Keeping Women out of Prison (KWooP) coalition

Ros served as Chair of numerous not-for-profit and non-government organisations, including UNIFEM Australia, the

Asthma Foundation of NSW, the University of Sydney Union Foundation and Museums and Galleries NSW. She also

served on the Board of many organisations, including the NSW Board of Adult and Community Education. Her career

spanned 35 years in the NSW Public Sector, retiring as the Director of the Heritage Office in 2002. Her previous

position was the Assistant Director General, Employment and Training Co-ordination. Earlier she worked in school

education, and particularly in migrant and multicultural education.

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Vale - Re Vale Tania Borec nee Liber

1925 Ukraine -2023 Sydney

Tania Borec arrived in Sydney as a young bride in July 1949 to

start her new life.

From day one Tania immersed herself in creating a new family

life. She became a pioneer member of the Australian-Ukrainian

community focusing on women's and youth issues.

She was a founding member of the Ukrainian Women's

Association Lidcombe (UWAL), held Executive positions on

State and Federal Executives of the Ukrainian Women's

Association, and liaised across community organisations for

decades. She forged longstanding links with NCWNSW and

was honoured in 2016 at the Jean Arnot Memorial Luncheon.

Forever generous with her mentorship & philanthropy, we will

honour her memory in perpetuity.

Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory)

Information provided by: Leshia Bubniuk, President

Ukrainian Women's Assoc Lidcombe (Olha Basarab)

New Dawning

There is no night without a dawning,

No winter without a spring

And beyond death’s dark horizon

Our hearts once more will sing.

For those who leave us for a while

Have only gone away

Out of a restless careworn world

Into a brighter day.

Rest well dear friends...



NSW is home to just under half of Australia’s 200,000 poker machines. They are profitable, accessible and

deeply harmful. Dotted in pubs and clubs across the state – they are dangerous and designed to addict. In

no other place on earth is gambling so ubiquitous. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can act to

prevent and reduce gambling harm.

In the lead-up to the March 2023 NSW Election, Wesley Mission and a broad-based coalition of concerned

supporters will campaign on five key reform measures, based on our analysis of the current political


1. Implement universal cashless gambling with harm reduction measures built-in

2. Power-down poker machines after midnight

3. Fund an independent State-wide Self-Exclusion Register

4. Let communities have a say

5. Greater transparency in NSW - publish venue data

Transparency and accountability are central to a strong democracy. NSW poker machine data should be

transparently published by venue at least every six months.

Gambling data - NSW Losses

Gambling losses can occur through race betting on course or in the TAB, buying lottery, lotto and scratchie

tickets, Keno, online gambling or poker machines. Wesley Mission is currently concentrating on preventing

and minimising harm from poker machine gambling, which still accounts for around half of all dollar losses in


Some key figures from the most recent data, third quarter of 2022:

Total losses: $2.18billion in 92 days, through 86,568 poker machines in pubs and clubs.

Daily losses: rising from $21.3million in the first half of 2022 to $23.7million per day. Every day.

Venues: 56% of losses come through club pokies ($13.2million a day) and 44% through pub pokies

($10.5million a day)

Read more here: NSW community loses more than $2 billion to pub and club poker machines as cost

of living crisis bites | Wesley Mission

FAQ: Wesley Mission facts and figures on gambling harm (WM advises that they stand by their claims and

encourage readers to please download the FAQ to review the details of the statistic origins

If you or anyone you know needs assistance with

a gambling concern, please click on details above

or call the number directly.

NCW NSW Newsletter 12

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Report On Meetings of The Aged Care Roundtable

At recent meetings of the Aged Care Roundtable items under discussion were –

1. An invitation was extended to Commissioner Fitzsimmons to address the roundtable. It now appears that this will no

longer be possible as the Commissioner is no longer in charge of the Resilience portfolio and that this portfolio is no

longer in existence.

2. 10 Questions leaflets – these continue to be under review, and they are being translated into 12 + languages. There

has been an increase in downloads on the 10 Questions website as well as a significant rise in hits.

The NSWN&MA have recently been approached by authors wishing to recommend the series in educational

textbooks. There are benefits of the 10 Questions series not only for consumer empowerment, but for their value in

promoting the organisations involved as well as driving quality in aged care. (CWA of NSW has supported all of the

leaflets and our logo is published on each series to show that support.) It was announced by our member from the

Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) Alliance that the leaflets will also be translated into the most used

First Nations Languages.

There will be a re-launch of the full range of leaflets once these translations are complete.

3. The Aged Care Amendment Bill 2022 – Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes 24/7 – was discussed – this Bill was

brought before the Parliament of NSW by the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. It was lost by four votes. There

is a link to this on https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/aged-care-247-registered-nurse-requirement?languate=en

4. Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Board. The Roundtable was informed that expressions of interest have opened for

people to join this Board. It was advised that there are no explicit calls for aged care and it was considered

important that aged care is represented and that organisations apply –


Information about VAD is available here – https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/voluntary-assisted-dying/

5. The position of Inspector-General Aged Care is vacant. One of the Roundtable members mentioned the need for

advocacy around who will fill the position. It was unanimously felt, by the Roundtable, that the role should be filled

by an individual who can demonstrate independence from the sector, regulator and government.

6. The Roundtable member from PICAC mentioned that the PICAC Alliance will create a new resource that will provide

information on how to create a cohesive working environment without racism or discrimination.

If members would like to participate in the survey they can do so at –


PICAC will consult with aged care providers, key stakeholders and community leaders on the needs of seniors from

culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those new and emerging in regional, rural and remote


The NSW Aged Care Roundtable is a collaborative roundtable that collectively advocates for improvements in aged care

(residential aged care facilities). The Roundtable includes representatives from medical, clinical and consumer advocacy

organisations and faculties.

The Roundtable currently comprises approximately 17 members from a range of stakeholder organisations such as the

RACGP, NSW Rural Doctors Network, Health Consumers NSW, Palliative Care NSW, the Older Women’s Network, Country

Women's Association of NSW.

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Annie Kiefer AM


A wonderful celebration was had in the Great Hall UTS Tower, Ultimo, on the 23rd of January, 2023.

Each year, NCWNSW Affiliates sponsor individual awards, and they are presented by the Patron of NCW NSW, Her

Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC to a group of remarkable women who are currently undertaking tertiary


Congratulations again to all our Awardees and a ’round of applause’ for all our sponsors.

Thank you to our Guest Speaker, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights

Commission and everyone who contributed to the event for making it a memorable day.

To our Awards Convenor, ‘Tricia Blombery, our volunteers and all those from our Executive Committee, a big ‘thank you’.

We look forward to showcasing the Awardees and their excellence over the coming months.

For Awardee details please click on the link: https://ncwnsw.org.au/celebrate-being-an-australian-awards-2023/


Funding urgently required to revers e NSW’s unprecedented rates of female incarceration.

8 March 2023 This International Women’s Day, and ahead of the NSW State Election, the Women’s Justice Network (WJ

N) is calling for all political parties and candidates to commit to providing $2M per year* in state government funding for their

community-based, lived experience-led, mentoring and rehabilitation support program; proven to break the cycle of reoffending.

New South Wales is approaching a crisis point for crime, rehabilitation and prevention as the state is confronted an

unprecedented rate of female incarceration and re-offending1, and an unsustainable trend of escalating corrective services

expenditure; $1.16B pa in 20182 to $2.5B pa in 20233.

Despite declining rates of serious criminal activity over the last 20 years 4, since 2013, the NSW female prison population

has doubled5. However, there has been no corresponding increase in female rehabilitation or diversionary programs. This

has resulted in over 40% of NSW women and girls re-offending following their release 6.

Repeat offenders account for about half of pris on costs 7. WJ N is a grassroots, not-for-profit (NFP) organisation, led by

lived-experience advocates, dedicated to advancing the prospects and well-being of girls and women affected by the

criminal law system. WJ N is committed to reducing recidivism and incarceration of women.

1 The Keeping Women out of Prison (KWOOP), Profile of women in prison in NSW (2019), Research paper –

2 pc.gov.au/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2019/justice/corrective-services/rogs-2019-partc-chapter8.pdf

3 https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/community-offenders-budget

4 Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA), Double Jeopardy: The Economic and Social Costs of Keeping Women Behind Bars

(2022), Collaborative research paper

5 Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA), Double Jeopardy: The Economic and Social Costs of Keeping Women Behind Bars

(2022), Collaborative research paper

6 The Keeping Women out of Prison (KWOOP), Profile of women in prison in NSW (2019), Research paper

7 Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA), Double Jeopardy: The Economic and Social Costs of Keeping Women Behind Bars

(2022), Collaborative

NCW NSW Newsletter https://www.womensjusticenetwork.org.au/


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Diary & Save The Dates

Upcoming Events - 2023!

• Bathurst - Mon 8 May –

‘Let’s talk – WOMEN’S HEALTH’* (CWA State Conf)

• Jean Arnot Awards Lunch – August 2023

• Port Macquarie - Mon 28 Aug –

“Let’s talk – WOMEN’S HEALTH”

• Dame Marie Bashir Peace Awards – September 2023

• Broken Hill Mon - 20 Nov –

“Let’s talk – WOMEN’S HEALTH”

• “Celebrate Being an Australian” Awards – Monday 29

January 2024 (tbc)



General Diary 2023


Third Wednesday of the month

19 April

17 May

21 June

19 July


Last Thursday of the month

27 April

25 May

29 June

27 July

16 August

20 September

18 October

15 Novomber

31 August

28 September

26 October

30 November

ICW-CIF – Executive Committee Meeting,

Manila, Philippines 6-8 November, 2023.

Annual Ukrainian Easter Bazaar.

The Ukrainian Women's Association NSW and its

branches gather each year to celebrate and share

an array of Ukrainian Easter Foods, crafts,

artifacts, clothes and hospitality.


10.30am - 1.30pm


St Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Parish Hall

57 Church St, Lidcombe

General Council Meetings are held F2F or

via Zoom on the last Thursday of the month:

Kindly email us in advance

advising your attendance or your apologies to:



are held F2F and/or via ZOOM.

Not sure what how when why where to meet

Should I meet in person or shall I ZOOM??

No problem - Simply email us on:

info@ncwnsw.org.au and we’ll go through the

steps with you

For F2F Meetings: 3a Joynton Ave Zetland

NSW 2017

Future events:

Please note the dates for some of our key events which are at the bottom of the Agenda for our Council meetings or on the

Diary page of our Newsletter.

As these events involve many of our Affiliated Organisations it is important that these be noted in your organisation diaries.

DISCLAIMER: Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information in NCW NSW newsletters. However, NCW NSW cannot guarantee

that there will be no errors. NCW NSW makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of

the newsletters and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this newsletters. The views in this newsletter do not

necessarily represent those of the NCW NSW members and affiliates.

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What is Crypto?

Is it real?

Should I get involved?

Is it easy to cash in?

Are there Crypto scammers?

Is Crypto used in Australia?

Crypto may or may not have an actual asset behind it. The Reserve Bank of Australia's website explains how cryptocurrency and

blockchain technology (including mining) works.

Crypto is used for payment systems, to execute automated contracts, and run programs. Anyone can create a crypto-asset, so at any

time there can be thousands in circulation.

It is estimated that 0.9 million people, 3.4% of the total Australian population, currently own at least one form of cryptocurrency.

Aussie owners are mostly male (86%) and under the age of 34 (59%), while a quarter of Australian crypto-owners are under the age

of 24.

Crypto is largely not regulated, and many crypto-assets and other digital assets are not commonly considered to be financial

products. Because of this, the platform where you buy and sell crypto may not be regulated by ASIC. So you may not be protected if

the platform fails or is hacked. When a crypto-asset fails, you will most likely lose all the money you put in. In most countries, crypto is

not legal tender. You're only protected to the extent that crypto fits within existing laws.

All the way back in 2013, before Bitcoin became so pricy, the Reserve Bank of Australia had already shown intentions of embracing

and accepting it. On the other hand, rules had been put in place, including policies set to prevent money laundering through crypto


Scammers use crypto because

transactions are not easy to recover

and have limited oversight. Money

can quickly be sent overseas and is

very hard to trace.

Read more about crypto scams

and what to watch out for.

Crypto-assets (crypto) describe an asset class that includes

cryptocurrency, digital tokens and coins (see LEFT for most

common examples). It does not exist physically as coins or

notes, but as digital tokens stored in a digital “wallet”.

These digital tokens rely on cryptography and technology

such as blockchain for security and other features. Crypto

may or may not have an actual asset behind it.

1. https://triple-a.io/crypto-ownership/

2. https://www.finder.com.au/australiasbitcoin-users-are-exactly-who-youd-expect

3. https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/



4. https://www.australiantimes.co.uk/thecurrency-zone/why-australia-could-be-theleader-of-the-next-phase-in-the-cryptorevolution/

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Australia's all-conquering women's

cricket team have added another

trophy to their bulging cabinet, beating

South Africa to win the T20 World Cup.

The Aussies successfully defended the

crown they won in 2020 with a 19-run

victory over the host nation in Cape

Town, making it back-to-back-to-back

titles in the event.

South African captain Sune Luus joked:

“You guys are very annoying. You guys

have been inspiring the world of cricket

for a very long time. A lot of players

look up to you guys, and I think you just

showed your class again today, so well

deserved, and well done.”


For the first time since its inception in 1991, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023

will be the first to feature 32 teams.

The aim of the expansion was to give even more countries the chance to experience the global showpiece,

an objective that has been reached with the qualification of eight teams that will be making their debuts at the

competition: Haiti, Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Vietnam and Zambia are the

new additions to the World Cup family

A quarter of the finalists will be making their debuts in the tournament

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