History OF The National Merger Project

At the 2014 YWCA AGM we raised the question: 'How do we create the best possible YWCA?'

In September 2015 we traveled to all YWCAs asking: 'what we could do better together?'

Based on these conversations: during Convention 2015, the YWCAs of Australia agreed on a shared purpose: to achieve gender equality with a focus on young women. We collaboratively developed a shared focus around women's safety and empowerment.

A range of internal and external experts were engaged to research the Case for Change which we presented to every Member Association in early 2016, leading to the possibility of a unified YWCA.

In 2016 the National Merger Team was created to coordinate the advancement of the National Merger Project. 

In late 2016, representatives of the YWCAs in Australia signed a Statement of Intent to explore merging to create a united, national entity which could better serve young women, women and girls across Australia.

Throughout 2017 the YWCAs worked to complete a comprehensive due diligence process , a solid business case, a new constitution and a compelling membership offer. Throughout this process, we were guided by our robust and bold leadership from both governance and operational management. 

This year we have been working with pro-bono legal partners Norton Rose Fulbright to achieve a Merger by Scheme of arrangement, to be completed by mid-2018.

More information on the outcomes of the National Merger Project are available on the news page. Click the subscribe button below to receive regular news updates to your inbox.