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Australian War Widows NSW is governed by a Board of Directors. Our members elect up to nine directors who are responsible for the organisation on behalf of the members. Two-thirds of the directors must be members and one third are not members but must bring to the organisation professional qualifications, business skills and experience.

The directors develop, formulate and oversee the implementation of policies and plan and set directions for the future.

Directors are required by law to operate in the best interests of the organisation and its members. The company must also comply with the requirements of the extensive range of Commonwealth and State legislation which affects its operations.

The directors are accountable to the members of the organisation. They are required to provide annual audited accounts and a report of the organisation’s activities to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, in addition to providing access to the latest annual audited report. Members are also entitled to obtain a copy of the annual report on request. Information about the organisation’s finances and activities are provided to members at the Annual General Meeting and in The Digest.

At the Annual General Meeting, held in July each year, the directors report to members. All members are entitled to attend the meeting and to raise any matters about the organisation’s operations.

Australian War Widows NSW has a small staff under the leadership of a Chief Executive Officer. The staff manage the day to day operations in accordance with the overall direction set by the board of directors.

The State President is nominated by members and appointed by the Board. She is also a Director of the company. Since 1998, the maximum term of office for a State President is three years. The role of the State President is to undertake representational, ceremonial and symbolic activities for the organisation.

The Chair of the Board is a non-member Director elected by the directors.


Australian War Widows NSW is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee, which was set up to promote and protect the interests of war widows. It is a public benevolent institution with deductible gift recipient status.

Since the inception of the organisation in NSW in 1946, prudent financial management has enabled an investment in housing for members and a diversified portfolio of shares/growth assets and interest-bearing securities.

As the average age of members rises (currently 84 years), the organisation’s regular income, primarily from membership subscriptions, donations and investment income, is not sufficient to cover the costs incurred in providing an expanding range of assistance and services to war widows. As a result, in the past few years, the organisation has had to draw down part of its accumulated funds to continue to support our members.

Australian War Widows NSW does not receive any recurrent funding from the government, although the organisation has received small grants for particular projects which benefit the members.

Bequests and donations to Australian War Widows NSW are gratefully received and directly support our members.


The Australian War Widows NSW Ltd has a Constitution which sets down how it will operate as an organisation. Members agree to be bound by the rules of the organisation when they join. A copy of the Constitution can be downloaded here and below. If you wish to obtain a printed copy of the Constitution, please contact head office. A printed copy may be purchased at the cost of $5 if collected in person or $7 if posted. 


Whistleblower Policy
The Australian War Widows NSW Ltd.’s Whistleblower Policy encourages reporting of wrongdoing that is of legitimate concern by providing a convenient and safe reporting mechanism, and protection for people who make serious wrongdoing disclosures. This policy reflects the Australian War Widows NSW Ltd.’s obligations in relation to raising concerns and protection of whistleblowers as set out in the Corporations Act 2001. The Whistleblower Protection Policy can be downloaded below.

Complaints Policy and Procedure
The Australian War Widows NSW Ltd.’s Complaints Policy and Procedure is intended to ensure that we handle complaints fairly, efficiently and effectively. This policy provides guidance to our staff and people who wish to make a complaint on the key principles and concepts of our complaint management system.

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