National Australian Local Government Women's Association Conference

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Registrations Now Open! 

We are proud to host the 2019 National Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALWGA) Conference from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 May at Novotel, West HQ.

The conference theme 'Celebrating 100 Years of Women' will focus on how far women in local government have come in the last 100 years.

ALGWA seeks to strengthen networking, mentoring and innovative opportunities that encourage and support women in local government. 

The national conference provides a fantastic opportunity for delegates to network with like minded women from all avenues of local government and exchange ideas, debate and engage in cross-council collaboration on issues affecting women in local government.

Registrations close Thursday 9 May, 2019

Download the 2019 National ALGWA Conference Program(PDF, 5MB)

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Libby Lyons

Libby is the Director of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency and comes from one of the prominent political families of Australia.  She is the granddaughter of former Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and Dame Enid Lyons who was the first woman elected to Australia's House of Representatives, appointed to federal cabinet and chaired the meeting at which the The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) was created in 1951. 

Libby has worked in senior management roles across corporate and government sectors in the energy, resources and telecommunication and has advocated to close the gender pay gap and break down occupational gender segregation in Australia.

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Jessica Rowe AM-  Master of Ceremonies

Accomplished journalist, television presenter, author and self confessed 'crap housewife' Jessica is one of Australia's most successful media personalities. Jess is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, having herself experienced post natal depression. Jess is an ambassador for beyondblue and patron of Mental Health Australia. In 2015 she was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for her mental health advocacy work and her contribution to Australian Media.


Deborah Thomas

An admired and respected business woman, Deborah Thomas is a role model and inspiration for many women. Her outstanding career working for successful magazines such as Cleo, Elle and Mode, Deborah was at the helm of Australia’s largest selling magazine The Australian Women’s Weekly. In 2011 Deborah took on the role as adviser to Mark Bouris in the top rating television series, Celebrity Apprentice, followed by her election to local government as a Councillor for Woollahra Municipal Council in 2012.  Outside of work, Deborah is a wife and mother to nine-year-old Oscar, and is actively involved in many community fundraising projects.


Victoria Weekes 

Board chair for the Australian Gender Equality Council and former Westpac executive, Victoria led the development of Finsia’s gender equality campaign, through critical industry research on attitudes to gender equality. Victoria has worked closely with organisations like the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Women on Boards (WOB), the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, the Male Champions of Change, the AICD and the Governance Institute on gender diversity initiatives and events.  Victoria played a key role in the campaign to retain the WGEA reporting standards on gender equality when under threat of repeal. Victoria has been a vocal advocate for gender equality in the financial services sector over a number of years and was the inaugural Chair of the Women in FINSIA Committee.


Glennys James Assistant General Manager and Director of Planning And Development

Glennys James joined Blacktown City over 40 years ago as a student town planner. She has been at the forefront of Blacktown’s growth from a municipality of 180,000 people to a vast city of 360,000. She has worked as a team member, senior manager and director and was the first woman to become a member of Blacktown City’s executive in 1990.

Elfa Moraitakis

Elfa Moraitakis CEO of SydWest Multicultural Services.

SydWest Multicultural Services is a leading not for profit organization focusing on diverse and disadvantaged communities residing in the Greater Western Sydney. Elfa was the 2017 Blacktown’s Woman of the Year and is a respected ambassador of multiculturalism empowering women of diverse backgrounds to develop their self-confidence and business ideas and contribute to the economic development of the West.

She has almost 30 years’ experience in the industry with a focus on engaging community and stakeholder participation. She has a strong track record in strategic direction and innovation, problem solving and strong leadership skills that support high performance teams. Elfa has extensive industry knowledge with a Bachelor of Sociology UNSW credentials in Applied Management, AIM, GAICD and is a non-Executive Director of Settlement Services International. She also sits on a range of community Boards and Advisory Committees within her own Greek  community and the broader community and health sector. 

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Kate Jenkins Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Kate Jenkins is Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her purpose is to advance gender equality, consistent with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Kate is leading a number of projects including the National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces and the Commission’s collaborative project on cultural reform with the Australian Defence Force. Kate is also the convener of the National Male Champions of Change group (established 2015), and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules, a joint project between human rights agencies and sports commissions to make grass roots sports safe, fair and inclusive.

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Rosalie O'Neale- Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Rosalie leads the eSafetyWomen program for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. eSafetyWomen empowers Australian women to manage technology risks and abuse and take control of their online experiences. It provides practical guidance and tools, as well as training for frontline domestic and family violence workers. Rosalie has recently developed eSafetyWomen—online training for frontline workers to extend this training to workers in regional/remote areas.

Rosalie has many years’ experience in the development and delivery of online safety education programs. She also has a long-standing involvement in the conduct of research into the way Australians use and experience technology.

NB: Program scheduling and speakers are subject to change without notice.


  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | 06:30 PM
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019 | 08:45 AM
  • Friday, 17 May 2019 | 09:30 AM


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