Life Members

YWCA Life Membership Award Nomination

YWCA Australia invites members to nominate individuals for Life Membership.

YWCA Australia’s Life Membership Award is an acknowledgement and recognition of a member’s outstanding and distinctive contribution to our work in advancing gender equality. Life Membership recognises members whose contribution to the YWCA has had significant impact on the organisation and the community.

Meaning and Significance

  • The Award is for life.
  • Status recognises a select group of YWCA Members (limited numbers awarded per year).
  • A YWCA Life Member pin is awarded and a formal letter of congratulations from the President.
  • Life Members are exempt from paying any associated membership fees.

Demonstrated Selection Criteria

Life Member nominees must be proposed by a YWCA Australia Ordinary Member.

A nominated Life Member should be able to demonstrate at least some of the below:

  • Sustained services to the YWCA above and beyond the normal commitment expected of a member/employee/contractor.
  • Ongoing and consistent demonstration and support of the mission and values of YWCA.
  • Sustained commitment and service to gender quality including leadership and active contribution in the area.
  • Support of young women’s leadership.
  • Membership of the YWCA.

Nomination of candidates for Life Member

YWCA Australia Members are encouraged to nominate potential Life Members based on the selection criteria.  Nominations will be submitted to the Company Secretary and considered by a Life Member Selection Group (Selection Group) comprising two members of the Nominations Committee and two volunteer Life Members.  The Selection Group will recommend Life Members to the Board for approval.  The President of the YWCA will award a maximum of two Life Memberships at the AGM each year.

Invitations for volunteers to join the Selection Group have gone out. More information can be found here.


YWCA reserves the right to revoke the granting of Life Membership in extreme circumstances should the actions and behaviours of the relevant individual be deemed to be detrimental to the YWCA and/or inconsistent with its mission and/or its values.

In the event of a proposed revocation of life membership, the Board will undertake an independent investigation and any decision must be unanimous.


If you have any questions about the Life Membership process, please get in touch at [email protected].

2019 Key Dates

June 2019: Nominations open

30 August 2019: Nominations close

1 August – 23 August 2019: Current Life Members invited to volunteer for the Selection Group. Invitations to volunteer for the Selection Group will be sent out in late July.

2 September – 20 September 2019: Nominations provided to the Selection Group for consideration.

Week commencing 23 September 2019: Selection Group meet (via phone or online) to agree recommendations to be put to the Board.

October 2019: Board consider recommendations.

November 2019: YWCA notifies new Life Members before AGM with formal notification at AGM.