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Welcome

The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) is a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Established in 2002, we seek to ensure better social and economic outcomes for women in our rural townships and on farms. The NRWC is a company limited by guarantee and has a board of Directors to guide the strategic direction and governance duties of the organisation. 

The NRWC recognise Aboriginal people as First Nation traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

2012 - 2013 Annual Report

2013 - 2014 Annual Report

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Who are we? What do we do?

The NRWC is a coalition of representatives from five national rural women’s organisations and two Aboriginal women which provides governance to the Australian Government funded National Rural Women’s Coalition. The NRWC is a conduit for information between rural, remote and regional women and the Government on key policies affecting women. 

The NRWC is one of six national women’s alliances funded by the Australian Government. All Alliances are funded by the Office for Women.

A key objective of the NRWC is to ensure better social and economic outcomes for women living in regional, remote and rural Australia. We seek input from women regularly in a wide variety of ways (meetings, summits, conferences, personal contact, social media, mail and email) to determine advocacy actions. The NRWC acts only on issues brought forward and agreed on, by rural women. This occurs through member networks and regular consultation with rural women.

What does this really mean?

  • A self-sustaining system that is open and accessible to a wide range of women.
  • A collaborative voice for a diverse group of rural, remote and regional organisations and individuals.
  • A real opportunity to raise rural, remote and regional issues and have influence on Australian Government policies and their social and economic effects on rural, remote and regional women and their communities.

We invite feedback, comments and suggestions from any women in rural, regional or remote Australia and invite their active participation in our National Rural Women's Network.

 

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NRWC Contractors

NRWC Book Keeper - Keli McDonald

Kels Country Pty Ltd was established in Gunnedah, NSW in 2000 and provides professional services to a diverse client base ranging from local and national rural and regional enterprises and national franchisees to government funded projects.

Kels Country Pty Ltd provides bookkeeping and office management solution, training and assessment and recruitment services. 

The principal, Keli McDonald, began her professional career with ten years in Sydney working for one of the big 4 accounting houses before returning to north west NSW as a partner in an agricultural enterprise, assisting in her understanding of the core principles of the NWRC.

As bookkeepers, Keli and her team demonstrate high levels of skill in processing and managing data, producing accurate information to create management reports.  Kels Country Bookkeeping is outcome based and works with processes and timelines that are designed around the needs of the NRWC Treasurer and Directors.

Kels Country Bookkeeping is a MYOB Partner.

 

Program Manager - Karen Tully

Karen Tully is the Program Manager for the National Rural Women’s Coalition.  Karen lives in Charleville in Western Queensland on the banks of the Warrego River in the heart of red dirt, mulga country.  She and her husband have a rural merchandise business and a beef breeding enterprise.  She has two children aged 10 and 12 years old.

Karen is passionate about working in the rural and remote space and brings a diverse range of skills and expertise to the National Rural Women’s Coalition.  For 21 years she worked in rural education, as a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal with the Charleville School of Distance Education and PCAP.  She has also undertaken many leadership roles within the not-for-profit governance space.  She has been a Director of the NRWC, as well as a past Chair.  She is currently chair of the Rural Financial Counselling Service South West Qld; a Director of South West Natural Resource Management; a board member of St Mary’s School Charleville and a director of Red Ridge Foundation, an arts philanthropic fund working in interior Queensland.

 

 

Who are the NWA

The Australian Government funds six National Women's Alliances.  These six Alliances take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.  Click for more

The NRWC recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as First Nation traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

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