Women's Program

The NSW Teachers Federation Women's Program was established in 1975 when the Federation received a grant from the Whitlam Government as part of its commitment to women in the United Nations International Year of Women. The Federation's first Women's Officer was Gail Shelston and the program was called "Women's Activities Program". The program was established as an affirmative action program designed to encourage and support women to become active in the Federation and to counter sexism in education across the board. At the 1976 Annual Conference a decision was made to continue the Women's program with a full-time coordinator, whether or not the Federation was able to obtain further Federal Government funding.

The Federation Women's Program has come a long way in promoting Women's activism within the Federation and broader union movement since its inception.

As part of the Women's Program the Federation holds an annual Women's Conference, conducts Trade Union Training specifically for women, runs the Anna Stewart Program and has a full time coordinator.

Women's Coordinator Information
Leeanda Smith
Phone: 1300 654 369 or (02) 9217 2146
Fax: (02) 9217 2470
Email: mail@nswtf.org.au
Postal: Locked Bag 3010, Darlinghurst, NSW 1300

Extra resources

Women's Newsletter

2020 2019 2018
Semester One Semester One Semester One
Semester Two Semester Two Semester Two

Trade Union Training for women

Following the advice of relevant health authorities around conferences and events in light of the COVID-19 virus, some courses will not proceed at this time. While we are unable to run face-to-face training the Trade Union Training Team have developed a suite of webinars. Please contact Trade Union Training at tut@nswtf.org.au for further information.

Federation resources

Professional Support – (02) 9217 2100, 1300 654 369

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Support services

If you, or a colleague, are experiencing homophobia, discrimination or harassment contact your local Organiser for advice or call our Professional Support Team on 1300 654 367.


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