The Country Women’s Association of Australia holds a National Conference every 3 years to discuss and debate motions, brought by its member associations. The motions that are passed become resolution and give direction for advocacy in the coming triennium. Resolutions passed more than nine years ago lapse at each conference. The resolutions that form the current policies of CWAA are shown below. 

The complete list can be downloaded here.

Resolutions are grouped in the following categories:
Agriculture and Environment
Communications
Consumers
Gender Equity
Health
Infrastructure
Social
Transport
Miscellaneous

Agriculture and Environment

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Drought

That the policy of CWA of A shall be to advocate for the federal government to:

  • Improve the process for identifying and classifying drought areas as with other natural disasters
  • Introduce a broader set of drought support measures and review current application requirements
  • Restructure and significantly increase drought funding to reflect and provision the above

2018

Q Fever

That the policy of CWA of Australia shall be to advocate that funding be made available to:

  1. educate medical practitioners and alert all communities about the identification, treatment and prevention of Q fever, and
  2. subsidise a further vaccination program and include Q-VAX on the national immunisation schedule”

2018

Drought

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) continues to lobby the Federal Government regarding drought policies.

2015

Banning coal seam gas

That the Country Women's Association of Australia strongly support the banning of the process of 'fracking' in the Coal Seam Gas Industry, until such time as scientists and/or Geologists can give guaranteed proof That there will be no adverse effect on safety of the water table.

2012

Export bans

That the Country Women's Association of Australia lobby the Federal Government to strongly recommend they legislate so that no immediate ban of an export product can be made without;

  • Consultation with industries in Australia and importing countries
  • Adequate notice that a ban will apply
  • A comprehensive plan for the future

2012

Fluorescent light bulb labelling

That the Country Women's Association of Australia request the Federal minister for the Environment to legislate that fluorescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent lights (CLF's) carry the following warning on the packet.

  1. That they are fluorescent
  2. That they contain mercury
  3. That they need safety measures to be implemented if broken
  4. That they should not be disposed of in kerbside recycling bins

2012

Import bans

That the Country Women's Association of Australia lobbies the Federal Government to ban the importation of primary and horticultural products which have the potential to ruin local production e.g. by the introduction of pests and/or diseases.

2012

Overseas investment in land

That the Country Women's Association of Australia urges the Federal Government to act immediately to halt the selling of our land and assets to overseas investors.

2012

Surveillance of imports

That the Country Women's Association of Australia lobbies our Federal Government persistently to provide stricter surveillance of all imported goods and containers.

2012

Tariffs and subsidies

That the Country Women's Association of Australia lobbies the Federal Government to urgently resume World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations for the removal of tariffs and agricultural subsidies which are distorting world food markets. Damaging the environment and hindering the development of sustainable agriculture throughout the world.

2012

Flying foxes

That the CWA of A request the Minister for the Environment to introduce an amendment to the Nature Conservation Act/ Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation act that pertains to the Protected status of the flying fox species, to allow for the management of flying fox colonies, which may be fatal to human life and adversely impact on people’s livelihood.

2009

Milk pricing

That the CWA of A urge the federal Government to liaise with State and territory Governments and dairy companies to reconsider milk rates and revert to a more realistic price.

2009

Water buyback

That CWA of A protest to the federal Minister for Climate Change and Water regarding the buyback of permanent irrigation water by the Federal Government without consideration of how this water acquisition is affecting local communities both financially and socially, and water equals food consumption.

2009


Communications

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Australia Post Service Obligations

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges the Federal Government to maintain and enforce the Community Service Obligations required of Australia Post.

2015

Postcodes in Phone Books

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) requests Telstra and the Federal Government to print all Australian postcodes in every telephone book.

2015

Telephone Book Help Numbers

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) requests Telstra and the Federal Government to put the relevant numbers for complaints, help-line etc for local and interstate calls at the front of every telephone book.

2015

Call costs

That Country Women's Association of Australia strongly urges the Australian Federal Government to make it possible to be able to access, when using a mobile phone, Government and other important services, such as Centrelink, Nurse on Call, Ombudsman etc using 1800, 13 or 1300 numbers as a free call or capped at local call cost.

2012


Consumers

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Rural Banking Services

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia expresses serious concern at the inadequate banking services available to residents in rural and remote areas and requests that banks work to improve access to over the counter service and a choice of well-maintained ATMs in rural and remote areas.

2018

Food labelleing

That the Country Women's Association of Australia again requests the Federal Government to legislate to have more transparent information and larger labels. On food packaging.

2012

Food labelleing

That the CWA of A urge the Federal Government to legislate to have clearer and larger printing on label and food packaging.

2009


Gender Equity

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Equal Pay

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges all Governments in Australia to review pay levels for pay parity for same jobs.

2015

Women in Poverty

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges the Federal Government to implement policy to enable women who have not had adequate superannuation contributions during their working life to live poverty free.

2015


Health

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

‘Ice’

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to adequately resource support services to address the drug Crystalline Methamphetamine (ice).

2015

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to recognise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as a disability.

2015

Lyme Disease

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to continue investigation into the existence of Lyme Disease in Australia, ways of contracting it and diagnostic tests.

2015

Mental Health

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to adequately resource support services to address Mental Health.

2015

Donor laws

That the Country Women's Association of Australia requests the Federal Minister for Health, and the Attorney General to change, as a matter of urgency, the current legislation regarding Australian Donor Laws to ensure that an individual's decision to be an organ donor cannot be overturned.

2012

Health

That the Country Women's Association of Australia strongly urges the Federal Government to bring to all departments of Primary Health Care, including funding and practical care, under one authority.

2012

Mental Health

That the Country Women's Association of Australia requests the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing to accept the reality of the statistics that are available on depression and suicide, and as a result of this:

  1. Increase the Mental Health Budget to a minimum of 12%of the total Health Budget.
  2. Increase the Funding for Research to 3% of the increased Mental Health budget.
  3. Increase the funding for early intervention to 10% of the increased Mental Health Budget.
  4. Increase funding for, and actively encourage, the training and employment of more mental health workers.

2012

Mixed gender rooms in public hospitals

That the Country Women's Association of Australia's policy is That the current practice of mixed sex rooms in all public hospitals in Australia be avoided where possible and That the decision of this conference be conveyed to the Federal Minister for Health.

2012

Obstetrics Locums

Specialist Obstetrician Local Scheme can find a locum for single practice doctors to have a holiday. That we send an urgent communiqué to the Minister of Health to continue this scheme.

2009

Medicinal Cannabis

That the CWA of A requests the Federal Government to consider the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, for the relief of pain in the terminally and chronically ill.

2006

Breakfast in schools

That the Country Women's Association of Australia take up the matter of Breakfast Club funding with the Federal Government and to encourage their members to urge their State/Territory Government to fund ‘Breakfast in schools’ programs in their States and Territories for the benefit of all Australian school children

2012


Infrastructure

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Snowy Hydro Limited

That the policy of CWA of Australia shall be That the Snowy Hydro Limited never be privatised.

2018

Federal Assistance Grants

That the CWA of A make application to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and local government that funding for federal assistance grants to Local Government be increased to 2% of Commonwealth Taxation Revenue (excluding GST).

2009


Social

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Accommodation for Homeless and Low Income

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia urges the State and Territory Governments and the Federal Government to implement a variety of measures to enable homeless and low income elderly Australians to access suitable accommodation and services.

2018

Elder Abuse

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia recognises that State and Territory Governments and the Federal Government have initiated programs to address the issue of elder abuse in Australia; and urges them to expedite the implementation of a variety of measures to reduce elder abuse, including the provision of ongoing support to specialist elder abuse services and funding for raising public awareness of the forms and prevalence of elder abuse.

2018

Rental Assistance

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia calls on State and Territory Governments and the Federal Government to immediately substantially increase rental assistance to vulnerable single females, fifty-five years and older, in receipt of government income support payments, to enable them to live in safety and dignity as the growing disparity between the current increased commercial rentals and inadequate rental assistance are contributing factors to the increasing crisis of homelessness amongst older single women.

2018

Alcohol Advertising

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia CWAA urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to ban alcohol advertising at sporting events.

2015

Domestic Violence

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to adequately resource support services to address Domestic Violence.

2015

Energy Drinks

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 18 years and to require proof of age for purchase.

2015

Gambling Advertising

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges Federal, State and Territory Governments to ban gambling advertising.

2015

Women and Children in Mandatory Detention

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) urges the Federal Government to implement policy to enable the removal of women and all children from mandatory detention.

2015

Alcohol Advertising

The Country Women's Association of Australia urges the Federal Government to take action to reduce the advertisement of alcohol in the media.

2012


Transport

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Mandatory Driver Tutorials

That the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) lobbies Federal, State and Territory Governments for mandatory tutorials for all international drivers arriving in Australia, either in the form of a computer or personal tutorial.

2015

Uniform drivers' licence requirements

That the Country Women's Association of Australia's policy shall be that “rules and requirements for all categories of drivers' licences be uniform across Australia” and That the decision of this Conference be conveyed to the Federal Minister for Transport.

2012

Road congestion

The CWA of A urges thee Federal Minister for Transport to liaise with the National Entities involved with road transport with a view to the reduction of the congestion on our roads and to improve safety issues in our communities.

2009

Road funding

That the CWA of A make application and delegation to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government that funding for ‘Roads to Recovery’ be indexed relative to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Road Construction and Maintenance Index.

2009

Road funding

That the CWA of A make application and delegation to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and local Government to allocate a significant proportion of the Building Australia Fund to the ‘first mile’ of the rural local road network.

2009


Miscellaneous

Subject

Resolution

Year Passed

Overseas aid

The Country Women's Association of Australia requests closer monitoring and public reporting by the Government of the use of financial help and 'in-kind' donations and distributes information annually or in time of disasters, through each agency eg. Ausaid

2012

Formation of a National Guard

That the CWA of A supports the National Serviceman’s Association in Australia in lobbying the State, Territory and Federal Governments in their endeavours to form an Australian Guard.

2009