President’s Update – February

The NCWQ Survey which went live early in January will close tomorrow (February 4). It is an opportunity to express your interests, to become involved and communicate what is important to you as members of NCWQ. 

The upcoming Zoom meeting on February 8 is another opportunity to be involved. Members are invited to join the meeting from 6:45 p.m. to hear guest speaker Danh Nguyen, Special Counsel at Thynne + Macartney, speak about upcoming changes to legislation which impacts our affiliated organisations.   

It was with Danh’s guidance that the Reviewed NCWQ Constitution presented at the AGM in November last year was submitted to the Office of Fair Trade for approval. The document will be uploaded to the website when approved. 

There has been interest in the NCWQ Advocacy Hubs which will be rolled out from this year. The structure of the Hubs will be guided by the National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA) who are aiming to roll out the Hubs nationwide.  

Preparations are already underway for the NCWQ Bursaries Program. If your organisation is thinking about offering a Bursary please contact Kathy Cavanagh ( as soon a possible. I am excited that NCWQ will partner with the Quota Club of Brisbane to honour Vale Dr Laurel Macintosh OBE by offering a Bursary to a student in Ophthalmology for the first time in 2024.  

International Women’s Day is approaching. If your organisation is planning an event I encourage you to let Secretary Dana Voyle know (

We are happy to publish your event on our website. Please ensure all imagery provided is your original image or copyright free. 

As the President of NCWQ I hold a position on the Board of NCWA. I participated in the first Zoom meeting recently. I was tasked with liaising with a copyright company who challenged the organisation about an image used on the website. It is a reminder that we all need to be careful of using images from unknown sources. 

– Sandy Smith

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