About the conference

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2020 marked the centenary of the first woman elected to local government in Victoria. Following the election of Mary Rogers in November 1920 to Richmond Council, more than 2000 women have followed in her footsteps, although the road has not always be straight or easy.

In the centenary year, the highest percentage of women (43.8%) in any Australian state were elected to Victorian councils.

Whilst Victoria might be leading the country in female representation, there remains huge cultural, conduct and retention issues. Similar to federal politics, local government needs to change its structures and cultures to move in the 21st century to continue to attract and retain women at the decision making table.

This conference will provide insights and perspectives into the current state of play and the way forward.

The Conference
Yarra City Council will host the 2021 Annual Australian Local Government Women’s Association of Victoria Conference. This conference will bring together women councillors, mayors, officers and interested parties in Local Government from across Victoria.

The Schedule
Over two days we are bringing together women from both Rural and Metro Victoria to the City of Yarra to connect, enlighten and inspire.

  • Friday 30 April 2021 – Welcome drinks at Centre for Contemporary Photography
  • Saturday 01 May 2021 – Conference at Fitzroy Town Hall
  • Saturday 01 May 2021 – Conference dinner in the Ballroom
  • Sunday 02 May 2021 – Curated special experiences in the City of Yarra

The Location
City of Yarra is a unique and inspiring city located in the heart of Melbourne. Over the course of the conference, you will experience iconic heritage locations including the Fitzroy Town Hall and Collingwood Yards.

Aboriginal Yarra
The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that is now known as the City of Yarra. Their relationship with the land extends back tens of thousands of years to when their creator spirit ‘Bunjil’ formed their people, the land and all living things. Visit our website for more information about the Aboriginal history of Yarra.

Registrations are now open.

  • ALGWA Vic members: $600 (incl GST)|
  • Non-members: $690 (incl GST)
  • ALGWA Vic Life-members: $350 (incl GST)

The ticketing platform used for this event is Humanitix, which prides itself on donating part of all booking fees to educational programs. For ALGWA Vic. 2021, all booking fees will be donated to Girls’ Education Programs

Acknowledgement of Country
Yarra City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners and true sovereigns of the land now known as Yarra. We also acknowledge the significant contributions made by other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to life in Yarra. We pay our respects to Elders from all nations here today – and to their Elders past, present and future.