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.

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 the Associated Country Women of the World and through this organisation we support rural women world-wide.

Women from the country and the city in NSW and the ACT meet together to connect with others in their local area, fundraise and help set policies which are lobbied for at a state level. Members also enjoy cooking, handicraft, art and creative writing competitions as well as teaching skills to others. Join today or visit your local branch.