- Community organisation
The Country Women's Association of Australia was founded on 7 June 1945. Delegates from the six State Country Women's Associations, voted to form the national body. The purpose of the newly-formed body was to: "enable Country Women's Associations throughout Australia to speak with one voice on all national matters, more especially concerning the welfare of country women and children". The first state branch of the organisation had been formed in New South Wales in 1922. All other mainland states followed suit by 1928 with the Tasmanian branch being founded in 1936. It is a non-sectarian, non-party-political, non-profit lobby group working in the interests of women and children in rural areas. Given its national scope, large membership and longevity, it was arguably the most influential Australian women's organisation of the twentieth century.
As of 2004, the Association comprises44,000 members and 1855 branches. It is the largest women's organization in Australia.