Welcome to the website of the Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (Inc)
We are a proud and active women’s organisation working to improve the welfare and wellbeing of people everywhere, especially in country areas. In CWA there will be an interest for all women. Our organisation provides community service, support networks, welfare in times of need, education opportunities, friendship, fun and a great deal more. There are benefits for you and your community through CWA.
CWA of WA encompasses the entire State with branches throughout Western Australia.
Membership of CWA is open to all women who are willing to abide by the rules and work for the aim of the Association.
In CWA there will be an interest for all women. Members are provided with an array of opportunities for friendship and education through discussion and cultural activities including handicraft at local or Association level.
All members receive regular copies of The Countrywoman of Western Australia throughout the year which maintains communication throughout the Association. State Conference is an annual opportunity for members to come together for decision making and friendship. Members receive a discount when staying at CWA holiday homes. There are training and leadership opportunities, member bursaries and bursaries for members’ children. Members can serve on management committees or be a trainer or an archivist.
The state wide network of members can provide valuable input to the Social Issues Fact Finding team and also provide information to assist CWA to work with the Government of the day on issues of concern to benefit the whole community.
Membership is through a CWA branch and these are found throughout WA , including the metropolitan area. Postal and Netlink branches are for those unable to attend branch meetings or women who are isolated. Each branch endeavours to meet the needs of its own community when planning their activities and projects.
Associate Membership is for women who wish to belong to CWA and support the aim of the Association but are not able to attend branch meetings. If an opportunity arises to attend a branch meeting or CWA activity, Associate Members would be welcomed as visitors.
CWA holiday units are located at Albany, Busselton, Esperance, Jurien, Lancelin and Broome. These well cared for facilities provide affordable family accommodation for members and the public at seaside locations. Emergency accommodation at Carnarvon, Derby and Port Hedland is managed by local branches.
CWA has retirement units for rent by members or non members, men or women who are able to live independently. South Coast Lodge is at Albany, Cockburn Lodge at Rockingham and Bluff Point Lodge at Geraldton.
Members’ children are eligible for CWA Bursaries which are awarded annually. The main criteria are financial need, civic awareness and student endeavour and applications are made through a CWA branch, closing at CWA Head Office by 20 September each year. Supporting material is required with each application. These are funded from the CWA Sir James Mitchell Education and Welfare Fund.
Up to $2000 is available each year to assist a CWA member of at least five years to take on tertiary study. Bursaries are awarded to members who can demonstrate how the course will benefit the member, CWA and the community with financial need being a major criteria.
Other Bursaries or Scholarships
Country Women’s Association of Western Australia Rural Medical Scholarship
Contact General Secretary for details and availability.
Emma Sherrington CWA Scholarship
CWA administers this scholarship which is awarded to a country student for the duration of their first degree. Please contact the General Secretary for details and availability.
CWA administers this bursary which is available annually for children living within a 200 km radius of Kunnunoppin to attend a secondary or tertiary educational institution and who are entering the first year of living away from home. Applications close 31 October each year at the Association’s Head Office.
In consultation with the Cancer Foundation this group makes such items as prosthesis and cushions to assist the comfort of breast cancer sufferers.
King Edward Memorial Hospital project
Assistance is given to new mothers who need a pram and/or clothing for a new babe. The KEMH Welfare staff will refer patients with a need.
Members also provide clothing and special items for the special care nursery at KEMH and also for Princess Margaret Hospital.
Toilet bags (including toiletries) are provided for local hospitals by branches and also for State or local emergencies through the Association’s Head Office. Projects such as knee rugs for aged care facilities and zimmer frame shopping bags are also provided by members.
CWA raises social issues which affect members and the community both directly from State Council and through the Social Issues Fact Finding Team.
Care for mental health consumers in rural and remote areas
Safe use of plastics in the home
Focusing on future delivery of education to students in rural areas
Proposed closure of Muresk
City accommodation for secondary and tertiary rural students
The position of Year 7 students in the public education system.
Training of rural health providers
Patients’ Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)
Danger of alcohol consumption whilst pregnant
Alcohol abuse in the community
Funding for Occasional Childcare Centres