USU Women’s Conference 2017

Women’s ongoing fight for equality in the workforce has meant that the opportunity for women to work in all of our industry sectors has increased, whether full time, part time or casual. The changing demographics of the male to female ratios of Council and Shire employees, Energy employees, and Private Sector Employees has been replicated in the changing demographics of male to female ratios in our membership.

The USU Women’s Committee is made up of women activists from all industry sectors; this Committee plays a vital role within the Union. Its mission is to empower the voice of women, to promote, advocate and achieve equity for women within the workplace and most importantly, in your community.

The USU Women’s Conference furthers the Union’s resolve to draw women into the industrial landscape as women play a vital role in the diversity and growth of the Union movement. This Conference gives women the ability to have a voice in an environment where opinions are encouraged and where participation in discussions is supported.

I urge women delegates to attend this vital Conference. 

For more information please ring the USU on 1300 136 604

Graeme Kelly

USU General Secretary




Opening Address Clare Raffan, Women’s Committee Convenor, United Services Union

Welcome to Country Yvonne Weldon

Introduction to Conference Graeme Kelly, General Secretary, United Services Union 

Guest Presenter Kaila Murnain, General Secretary, NSW Labor

Guest Presenter Kara Keys, National Campaign Coordinator, Former Indigenous Officer, ACTU

Morning Tea

Guest Presenter Danica Leys, Chief Executive Officer, Country Women’s Association of NSW

Presentation Melinda Gibson, Client Relationship Manager (North), Local Government Super

Workshop Mental Health & Job Protection, Andrew Lee , Inqurio

Afternoon Tea

Presentation Stephanie Lyons, Chief Risk Officer,  Energy Industries  Superannuation Scheme

Dinner ALPHA Restaurant

Guest Speakers Sophie Cotsis, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Canterbury, Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Member of the Australian Labor Party

Robert Potter, Acting Assistant National Secretary, Australian Services Union
Presenter of the Edna Ryan Award

Linda White, Assistant National, Secretary Australian Services Union
Presenter of the Betty Spears Award


Beverages – Start

Workshop Carole Webb, The Charm Offensive


Guest Presenter Linda White, Australian Services Union, Not So Super

Afternoon Tea

Guest Presenter Jo-Anne Davidson
Former National Secretary Flight Attendants Association of Australia

Please note:
The USU Women’s Conference 2017 program is subject to change without notice.

If you to find out more about the USU Women’s Committee please email USU Women’s Committee Co-ordinator Clare Raffan