2014 State Conference

Thu May 1 09:00:00 2014

The State Conference for 2014 will be hosted by the Shire of Nillumbik and take place at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre, 801 Main Road Eltham on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd May. The Minister for Women’s Affairs, Heidi Victoria, will formally open the conference. Speakers include Mary Crooks of the Victorian Women’s Trust, former Councillor and Mayor of Greater Dandenong, and now Federal Member for Hotham, Clare O’Neil, and a panel of western suburbs mayors. The conference includes a presentation from Amanda Gibson on The Tree Project by blacksmiths worldwide to build a lasting memorial to bushfire victims. There will be a bus tour to the tree and other memorials on the morning of the 2nd. Further details are available by clicking on the links below.

Download the conference program.

Details of accommodation can be seen here.

We are thrilled with the support of local Eltham businesses, as well as businesses in the wider area, (listed below) and really appreciative of our major sponsor, Jo Fisher.

Conference Sponsers

Aromas Cafe Bar Beanery – Eltham
Aumanns Nursery – Warrandyte
Beraldo Coffee
Boroondara Council
Bunnings – Eltham
Business Contract Solutions
Coles – Eltham
Dan Murphy Bottle Shop – Eltham
Eira Cafe Bar – Eltham
Eltham Footwear – Eltham Mall
Eltham Village Shopping Centre: Gifts of Elegance; Magenta Creative Jewellery; Mains Cafe Bar Restaurant
Eltham Village Shopping Centre Management
Flynnstead Country
Home Hardware – Eltham
Ian Summerton
Jo Fisher Executive Search
Kings of Kangaroo Ground Winery
Nillumbik Estate Winery
Nillumbik Shire Council
Panton Hill Winery
Plenty Valley Printing; Steve Briffa
Tyrepower – Bulleen and Eltham

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Annual Bursary Event

Thu Sep 25 01:30:00 2014

We are pleased to announce that in 2014 the Annual Bursary Function will be held at Parliament House on Thursday 25th September.  Please see the attached invoice and booking form for full details.  Note that the deadline for bookings is the 12th September.

Invitation              Booking form

State Conference

Fri May 22 09:00:00 2015

Our 2015 State Conference is being hosted by the Shire of Mitchell, and will take place 22 -23 May. 

 Our Facebook page, giving more details, can be seen here:

Download a PDF of the ALGWA Conference Program.

Bookings can be done here:

ALGW National Conference

Wed Mar 25 14:30:00 2015

The ALGWA National Conference Step Up & Top Up at the Barossa will be held from 25–28 March 2015 at the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Among the keynote speakers is journalist and pre-senter of the Kitchen Cabinet on the ABC, Anna-bel Crabb. Details of accommodation and the pro-gramme can be seen here:

North East Branch Meeting

Fri Mar 6 10:00:00 2015

The next meeting of the North East Branch will take place on Friday 6 March 2015 at 10am.  The venue is the Benalla Council’s Customer Service Centre, Bridge Street Benalla.  Please advise the secretary, Cr Rhonda Sanderson, if you would like to attend.  Rhonda can be reached on

ALGWA National Canberra Breakfast

Mon Jun 15 07:30:00 2015

The National Board of ALGWA extends a warm welcome to our annual Networking Breakfast in the Murray Room, National Convention Centre, Canberra on Monday 15 June at 7.30am.  Our guest speaker is Marie Coleman, Chair of the National Foundation for Australian Women Social Policy Committee.

Cost is $70 members, $75 non members.  Bookings can be done via email at

Bursary Award High Tea

Thu Oct 8 14:30:00 2015

The Annual Bursary Award will be held at Parliament House on Thursday 8th October, with a High Tea from 2.30pm.  We are delighted to announce that our new Patron, Linda Dessau AM, the Victorian Governor, will be the guest speaker.  Bookings can be made here::

Please note that the RSVP is 26th August because of Parliamentary catering requirements.

North East Branch Networking Lunch

Fri Aug 21 12:00:00 2015

The North East Branch issues a warm invitation to join them for a Networking Lunch at Rutherglen on 21st August.  RSVP to Cr Rhonda Sanderson, 0429 857 565

Ararat Networking Lunch

Fri Sep 4 12:00:00 2015

A Networking Lunch has been arranged at Chally’s Bistro, Chalambar Golf Course, 118 Golf Links Road, Ararat, on 4th September, 12.30 for 1pm.  The guest speaker will be Rural Vice President Barbara Abley AM DGSJ FACN, who was the first female Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong. To book, please contact Glenda on

North East Branch meeting

Fri Feb 19 10:30:00 2016

The next scheduled meeting of the North East Branch is at 10.30am on Friday 19th February 2016 at the Benalla Council Chambers, Mair Street Benalla.

State Conference 2016

Thu Apr 7 09:00:00 2016

The ALGWA State Conference for 2016 will be held on the 7- 8 April and hosted by the City of Banyule.  The venue is the wonderful Art Deco Ivanhoe Centre, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe and we have some great speakers, including Lyn Swinburne, founder of the Breast Cancer Network  and Amy Mullins, executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia.  Our dinner guest speaker will be the delightful Sally Cockburn (Dr Feelgood)

The full programme can be viewed here: Programme

Booking is via:

North East Branch Dinner 6 October 2016

Thu Oct 6 19:00:00 2016

The North East branch will be holding an End of [Councillor] Term dinner at the Benalla Gallery on Thursday 6 October, from 7pm.  A guided tour of the Gallery will be conducted at 6.30pm.  More details will be available closer to the date.

Bursary and End of Term function October

Fri Oct 14 14:30:00 2016

The 2016 Bursary winner will be announced at an End of [Councillor] Term High Tea in the Federation Room at Parliament House on Friday 14th 2016; we are currently awaiting confirmation of the proposed speaker’s availability, but bookings for the event are now open on

2017 National Conference

Wed Apr 12 09:00:00 2017

The 2017 National Conference will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston Tasmania, from 11-13th April.  It is being organised by the Tasmanian Branch.  The Early Bird registration closes on the 18th February 2017.  The Programme can be seen here:

Conference Programme

And booking details can be seen here:

Bursary Award and Annual General Meeting

Wed May 31 14:00:00 2017

We are delighted to announce that the guest speaker for the 2017 Annual Bursary Award is Rebecca McKenzie, CEO of Glen Eira Council and President of LGPro.  Details of Rebecca’s impressive career can be seen here.  The winner of the Award will be announced at a High Tea at Melbourne Town Hall on 31st May.  It will be followed by a brief AGM.  For further details, including booking details,  please click here

International Women's Day Lunch

Sun Mar 5 12:00:00 2017

Manningham Council has once again organised a fascinating lunch with guest speakers to commemorate International Women’s Day.  The event will be held on Sunday 5th March.  Click here for details

Ararat Councillor Forum

Thu Mar 30 11:00:00 2017

Ararat Council are running a forum for Councillors and senior staff entitled The Year of Opportunity for Local Government on Thursday 30th March.  Click here and congratulations to the Council, and in particular Cr Glenda McLean, for their initiative.

Annual Women Mayors event

Thu Apr 27 16:30:00 2017

ALGWA has again combined with the VLGA to host a leadership reflection and strategic discussion, followed by a cocktail reception, for all women mayors.

Date:  27 April 2017, 4.30 to 7pm

Venue:  Federation Room, Parliament House, Spring Street Melbourne or 0417 139 796

Enquiries to Linda or ALGWA Victoria President Helen Coleman or 0437 940 930

ALGWA National Networking Breakfast

Mon Jun 19 07:15:00 2017

The National Board extends a warm welcome to their Networking Breakfast on Monday 19th June, held in conjunction with the ALGA National Assembly in Canberra.  CLICK HERE for further details

Annual State Conference

Fri Oct 13 05:30:00 2017

The 2017 State Conference will be held in Warrnambool from 13 – 15th October and hosted by Warrnambool City Council. 

Brief details of the Conference arrangements can be seen here:’s-conference

Bookings are now open thru

North East Branch Meeting and Networking Event

Fri Apr 6 10:00:00 2018

The next meeting of the North East Branch will take place at Euroa Council Chambers at 10am on the 6th April 2018.  All are most welcome to attend. 

Annual Bursary Award function and AGM

Thu Apr 19 14:00:00 2018

We are delighted to announce that the guest speaker at our Bursary High Tea will be lawyer and company director Kate Spargo.   Full details of the event, which will be followed by our AGM, can be seen here

Booking is via Trybooking and the RSVP is 12 April 2018


Fri Oct 26 10:00:00 2018

2018 ALGWA Victorian Conference

Friday 26 October – Sunday 28 October

Realm, Ringwood Town Square

The 2018 Australian Local Government Women’s Association Victorian Conference will be hosted by Maroondah City Council at Realm, Ringwood Town Square.

Learn how you can be a more effective, engaging and resilient leader in your community.
At this weekend conference designed specifically for women in Local Government, you will hear from a selection of speakers including Libbi Gorr, Jo Stanley, change activator Michelle McQuaid and ‘The Queen of Confidence’, Erika Cramer.

Join in the networking opportunities with fellow women leaders in local government and experience the offerings of our conference partners Eastland and Sage Hotel Melbourne Ringwood.

Conference details:

Friday 26 October
6pm to 7.30pm – Welcome Reception at The Backyard, Ringwood Town Square

Saturday 27 October
8.30am to 5.15pm – Day 1 Conference at Realm
6.30pm – Conference Dinner at Sage Hotel Melbourne Ringwood with Guest Speaker Jo Stanley

Sunday 28 October
8.30am to 2.00pm – Day 2 Conference at Realm
2.00pm – 3.00pm – Ringwood Town Square public art walking tour (optional)


ALGWA Member Ticket $450.00
ALGWA Non Member Ticket $540.00

Ticket fee includes 2 day conference, Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner and optional Public Art Tour

Click here to register:

View   PROGRAM  here


Conference participants will have a preferential rate at the 4 ½ star Sage Hotel in Ringwood, adjacent to the conference venue at $135 for single occupancy and $145 double/twin occupancy (breakfast included).

To book contact Sage Hotel directly on 03 8845 1100 or by email on and quote “ALGWAV18” at the time of the booking.

Conference Enquiries

Bianca Laycock
Professional Conference Organiser
Fruitbowl Productions
1300 663 450 


Networking Luncheon at Port Fairy

Fri Sep 21 12:00:00 2018

A networking Luncheon will be held at Charlie’s on East on Friday 21 September 2018, at 12pm for 12.30pm start

Enjoy an afternoon surrounded by extraordinary women. Learn, ask questions, celebrate and gather inspiration whilst taking in the stunning ocean views and dining on regional produce.  Please Click here  for further details and to rgister.

Networking Luncheon at Port Fairy

National Conference 2019 - Celebrating 100 Years of Women

Wed May 15 18:00:00 2019

The ALGWA National Conference is being hosted by Blacktown Council in NSW, and will take place on 15-17 May 2019.  In the centenary year of the first woman elected to local government, this Conference promises to have much of interest.

An updated programme is now available, and can be seen here

Registrations can be done via this link:

Bursary and AGM

Wed May 29 14:00:00 2019

Our Annual Bursary and AGM will take place on 29 May 2019, kindly hosted by the City of Melbourne.  An invitation to the High Tea can be seen here and bookings can be done via  

State Conference 2019

Fri Oct 18 17:00:00 2019

The 2019 State Conference, kindly hosted by the Macedon Ranges Council,  will be held between 18 and 20 October.  Details will appear on this website and be emailed to members closer to the date.