The NT Working Women's Centre was established in 1994. The Centre's funding comes from the Commonwealth Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Northern Territory Department of Business. The Centre is a community based non-profit organisation governed by a management committee made up of volunteers.
What we do
We provide free and confidential advice to women about work related matters. The Centre particularly targets services to those in a disadvantaged bargaining position, insecure and low paid work.
The Centre gives particular attention to:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Women from non-English speaking culturally diverse backgrounds
- Migrants, visa holders and international students
- Women who have a disability
- Women in regional, rural and remote areas
- Women with family responsibilities
- Women of mature age
- Young women
- Women experiencing domestic and family violence
- Women experiencing mental health issues
- Small business employers of the above groups
Judith Cooper, Patron, NT Working Women’s Centre
Judith Cooper became the Patron of the NTWWC when the Centre celebrated its 10th Birthday in 2004. Judith was invited to become the Patron of the NTWWC by the committee of management because of her outstanding contribution to the Centre and to industrial relations issues for women in the NT in general.
Judith’s industrial relations career included working at the Independent Education Union NT Branch from 1984-1999, holding the Trades and Labor Council (now Unions NT) nominated position to the Women’s Advisory Council in 1998-1999 and being actively involved in the NT Industrial Relations Society. She joined the NT Independent Schools Staff Association (which later became the Independent Education Union) in 1983 and retained her membership until 1999.
Dame Quentin Bryce AC CVO,
Former Patron-in-Chief, National Working Women’s Centres
Dame Quentin Bryce became Patron-in-Chief of National Working Women’s Centres in January 2011 in her former role as Governor-General. Her role as Governor-General and Patron-in-Chief ended in March 2014. Dame Quentin Bryce has a long and proud history of advocating for the rights of women including holding the following positions: Convener, National Women’s Advisory Council, 1982-1984, Inaugural Director, Queensland Women’s Information Service, 1984-1987, Director, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Queensland, 1987-1988, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1988-1993, founding Chair and CEO, National Childcare Accreditation Council, 1993-1996, Principal and CEO, The Women's College, University of Sydney, 1997-2003.
Dame Quentin Bryce has taken an interest in the work of the Working Women’s Centres and visited the NT Working Women’s Centre to meet with staff, clients and committee of management members in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
The NTWWC proudly celebrated 20 years of supporting and advocating for Territory women in November 2014. You can learn more about the important work and history of the service by viewing the NTWWC 20th Anniversary Short Movie on our home page, reading the speech delivered in the NT Parliament by the Member for Nightcliff, or watching this extended interview with founding member Trish Crossin.