Logos for the conference

The ALGWA Vic. 2021 conference will see up to 200 women Councillors, Mayors, CEOs, intending candidates for Local Government elections and Local Government Officers gather in Fitzroy for 2 days of programming focusing on the theme Culture, Conduct and Retention. The event will celebrate the impact women have made on Local Government for the last 100 years since Mary Rodgers became the first female Councillor elected in Victoria when she was elected in Richmond Council.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 conference due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s edition of the ALGWA Vic. conference hosted in the City of Yarra is expected to be the largest one to date. Various sponsorship packages remain available should you wish to take part in this important event and connect with women in local government from right across Victoria. We would also be happy to discuss tailored contributions, just reach out to our team at leo.gester@yarracity.vic.gov.au

Maddocks is an independent Australian law firm with 84 partners and more than 550 staff in offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. We work for a diverse client base – from all three tiers of government to large international and Australian private companies. In particular, we are a market leader in local government where our experience working with councils goes back to our beginnings in 1885. We are also leaders in diversity and inclusion. We have been named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency every year since 2004 and we were named a Bronze Employer at the Australian Workplace Equality Index's 2020 LGBTQ Inclusion Awards. 

Justitia Lawyers

Justitia is an award-winning workplace law and consulting firm based in Melbourne. Since 2005, we've been pioneers in the space. Founded as an independent, forward-thinking practice by female lawyers, our business model continues to challenge industry norms by putting people first. We provide end-to-end services in employment law, industrial relations, OHS, equal opportunity law and local government governance. Our lawyers are also skilled in resolving conflict, mediating and investigating workplace complaints and misconduct.

As legal advisors, we also think it’s important to model best practice in our own workplace. Justitia has been recognised by its peers, and by experts in the human resources sector, not only for the quality of our work, but for our innovative work practices, collaborative approach working with clients and industry partners, and genuine commitment to sustainable lawyering.

Justitia is sponsoring the ALGWA Vic. conference and will be delivering a presentation by Melissa Scadden, Justitia Partner.


With offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Davidson is an Australian firm, with an extensive track record of partnering with Local Government to enhance their workplace performance. We bring together a team of Business Advisors, Executive Search & Recruiters and Technology subject matter experts who have a genuine commitment to delivering quality outcomes.

In the past 2 years alone, Davidson has placed over 150 executives across 66 different Local Governments throughout Australia whilst also steering Organisational Redesigns, Service Reviews, Digital Transformations and Workforce Planning Programs.

Community Bank Clifton Hill - North Fitzroy

Since 2006, the Community Bank Clifton Hill - North Fitzroy on Queens Parade has invested over $3million into community projects to support over 200 community groups. We support people working to make our community a better place to live, work, play and grow.

We are a full service competitive bank. The more customers to our Community Bank equates to more profits, and more funds for partnering local community groups and strengthening our community.

The Community Bank Clifton Hill - North Fitzroy has generously sponsored the post-conference networking drinks.

Blackhearts and Sparrows
Blackhearts and Sparrows is the brainchild of brother and sister team Paul and Jessica Ghaie, founded in 2006 with one store in Yarra. Blackhearts & Sparrows prides itself on sourcing only the best wine, eschewing the more generic and mainstream options with a keen focus on independent Australian producers and a thoughtful international selection.

With now 13 stores across the Melbourne region and Tasmania, the siblings have revolutionised the wine store experience and feature in-store workshops, their own wine series and wine subscription services matched with recipe cards from celebrated chefs such as Andrew McConnell, Annie Smithers and David Moyle.

Blackhearts and Sparrows are the exclusive wine sponsor of ALGWA Vic’s 2021 annual conference.

The Saturday Paper

The Saturday Paper is a weekly newspaper, dedicated to narrative journalism. It's a newspaper founded on good writing, on telling the whole story.

It publishes long-form accounts of the week’s key stories, offering the biggest names and best writing in news, culture, and analysis, with a particular focus on Australia.