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Liberal Party of Australia Federal Women's Committee (1945 - )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Political party
Cnr Blackall and Macquarie Sts Barton, ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6273 2564 Fax: (02) 6273 1534 Email:


The Federal Women's Committee ( FWC) was established at the inaugural meeting of the Federal Council of the Liberal Party in August 1945. It is the peak body representing women in the Liberal Party and acts as a voice for women in the development of policy and party organisational matters. Its aims are to promote and encourage women to become involved in political life, to contribute effectively to the formulation of policy and to assist the Party in implementing its decisions through effective community interaction.


Each State and Territory Division of the Liberal Party has a women's section, with constituted powers and representation at senior Party levels. Another role of the the Federal Women's Committee is to act as a coordinating body of women's work and activity within the divisional Women's Sections, receiving and distributing information from the women in the Divisions and reporting to the Federal Executive of the Party through the President of the Committee. The President of the Committee is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Policy.The voting membership of the Federal Women's Committee comprises the Chairperson of each state and ACT Women's Section, the woman Federal Vice-President of the Party, the President and Immediate Past President of the Federal Women's Committee. The Committee usually meets in Canberra three or four times a year to discuss policy issues.

The Liberal Party of Australia was the first political party in Australia to make provision for equal numbers of men and women in some of its senior Party positions, particularly in the Victorian Division, which has had a formal provision for equal representation at vice-presidential level.

Sources used to compile this entry: Harris, Penny Reader,'The Liberal Party of Australia federal Women's Committee: History and Achievements 1945-2003,, 31 03 2004.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Liberal Party of Australia. Federal Secretariat records, 1945 - 1990, MS5000; Liberal Party of Australia Federal Women's Committee (1945 - ); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Rosemary Francis

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