About the Country Women's Association

The CWA was formed in 1922 when country women were fighting isolation and a lack of health facilities. Within the first year, the Association was a unified, resourceful group that was going from strength to strength. The members worked tirelessly to set up baby health care centres, fund bush nurses, build and staff maternity wards, hospitals, schools, rest homes, seaside and mountain holiday cottages - and much more. The women of the CWA have been initiators, fighters and lobbyists. They have made localities into communities by providing social activities and educational, recreational and medical facilities.CWA members

Women in NSW and ACT can join a local branch and have a voice in the nation's affairs, socialise with others and assist the community.

The CWA is the largest women's organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for country women and children. We reach that aim in various ways including lobbying for change, helping the local community, creating a network of support and meeting together in towns and cities.

CWA of NSW is a member of CWA of Australia and the international organisation Associated Country Women of the World.


The aims of the CWA of NSW are:

(a) To bring all women and families together and form a network of support.
(b) To provide a forum for the voice of all women in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.
(c) To improve conditions and welfare of all women and families especially in country areas.
(d) To support schemes which enhance the value of country living, especially health and educational facilities.
(e) To encourage development in regional areas and to increase the viability of rural communities and the environment.
(f) To provide a voice to Government at all levels.
(g) To promote International goodwill friendship understanding and tolerance between all people.

CWA of NSW Incorporation Act

The Country Women's Association of New South Wales is incorporated by an Act of NSW Parliament in 1931

To see the Act click here.

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