Greater Shepparton Women's Charter Advisory Committee

The aim of the Greater Shepparton Women's Charter Advisory Committee (GSWCAC) is to support and promote women in leadership roles and all levels of decision-making, including business or workplace positions, community groups or boards of management.

Committee Nominations

The GSWCAC comprises of community members and representatives of Greater Shepparton City Council as well as a Councillor as Charter Champion.

This is a Strategic Advisory Committee to Council advising on Diversity, Active Citizenship and Gender Equity. Membership is for a two year term.

Membership applications are currently closed.

For more information please contact the Advisory Committee Support Officer on (03) 5832 9700 or by email to

The GSWCAC Action Plan

A three-point action plan focusing on Diversity, Active Citizenship and Gender Equity guides the key strategic objectives of the committee.

Women's Charter Advisory Committee Award

Each year the GSWCAC encourages members of the community to nominate an individual who has made a positive difference to women in the community.

Past recipients

2018 Recipient – Kathryn Sims

Kathryn has spent the past 40 years volunteering. During that time Kathryn has been involved in various aspects of the community, and has earned the trust and respect of many people. Some of Kathryn's achievements include:

  • Working with newly arrived Syrian families and providing transport and food.
  • Chairperson of a satellite Rotary Club established to meet the needs of our culturally diverse community members.
  • Being awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
  • Committee Member and Treasurer for Picnic for Peace.
  • Raising awareness about the issues and struggles of new arrivals in our community.
  • Working at Victoria Legal Aid as a legal assistant.

2017 Recipient – Lisa McKenzie

Every generation looks to a person or a group of people who will take on leadership, a role to help guide and mentor the community, and the region to be the best it can be. Lisa contributes to this group of people as a woman in what can sometimes be a very male dominated realm. But she is also a person who’s prepared to challenge the status quo and ask the hard questions.

Some of Lisa’s contributions include:

  • Being an early driver of the Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
  • CEO of Fairley Leadership Program.
  • Founding Chair of the Goulburn Valley Lift Off scholarship program.
  • Various roles on Boards.
  • Establishment of the Lighthouse Project.

2016 Recipient – Tracey Sofra

Tracey has over 25 years’ experience in financial planning and accounting, specialising in women’s financial issues. In addition to her businesses, Tracey works tirelessly in her community by educating the locals on financial literacy through pro bono work, sponsoring scholarships for young women who have experienced financial hardship, and developing networking events to bring together like-minded businesswomen (WOW Women).

She works tirelessly on helping women achieve financial literacy, which is important in working toward gender equity.

This is just a small example of the work she has done within the local community.


Further information can be obtained by contacting the GSWCAC Support Person via email to:

Women's Charter Events

Women's Charter Terms of Reference

The Greater Shepparton Women's Charter Advisory Committee is bound by a Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference are reviewed every two years.

Latest Women's Charter News

  • 1800RESPECT
    National counselling helpline, information and support 24/7. Are you experiencing sexual assault or domestic and family violence? Seeking to support someone who is? 1800RESPECT can help.
  • Prevention of Violence - Women's Health Goulburn North East
    Women’s Health Goulburn North East works in the primary prevention of violence, that is, we aim to prevent violence before it occurs, by influencing or eliminating the underlying drivers of violence against women, which are gender inequality and rigid gender roles.
  • Victorian Local Government Association
    The VLGA actively works to increase women’s participation in local governments as citizens, candidates and councillors. The VLGA is guided by the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter and its three principles of gender equity, diversity and active citizenship.
  • Our Watch 
    Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. 
  • Know The Line
    This website by the The Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Council of Trade Unions has been developed to support employers to take action on workplace sexual harassment because preventing sexual harassment is good for business.
  • International Women's Day
    Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades and more.
  • My Blue Sky
    Australia’s first website dedicated to forced marriage prevention. This website offers vulnerable people the opportunity to access reliable information about marriage in Australia and direct access to legal advice and support through a simple email or text message.
  • AFL GM Domestic Violence Campaign
    Some of the region’s leading footballers have taken a stand against domestic violence in a powerful video message released as part of the GOTAFE GVFL White Ribbon themed round. The video, an initiative of AFL Goulburn Murray, sees players representing clubs from all four senior football leagues across the region creating a collective statement declaring domestic violence as unacceptable in our community.

For more information, contact Council on 03 5832 9700.

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