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CONTENTS A Message From Our Chair


A Place For All Victorian Women


Celebrating 110 Years of Women Supporting Women


Honouring Our Past, Supporting Our Future: The Shilling Fund


Centre Organisations


Realising Women’s Potential: Programs


Acknowledging and Preserving Women’s Heritage: Building and Grounds


QVWCT Women Inducted onto the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll 2007


Trust Members




Government Relationships




Financial Statements




A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR What are the possibilities and potential for Queen Victoria Women’s Centre? How can we build on the outstanding work of both the women who created the original women’s hospital and the women who later fought to preserve part of the Queen Victoria Hospital as a Centre for the women of Victoria? Since my appointment as Chair several months ago, I have been looking ahead to imagine what QVWC can become. The building blocks are now in place for Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust to expand its programs and its impact. Victorian Government funding was secured for the first time in 2005 and we are now within a four year Funding and Service Agreement. This Agreement acknowledges the dual role of the Trust: to manage a heritage building housing women’s organisations and to develop capacity building programs for women and women’s organisations. There are many synergies to be gained through our co-location with other organisations supporting women. The building is now fully occupied and is home to a diverse and dynamic group of women’s organisations which are profiled later in this report. Many other women’s and community organisations also use the Victoria Room (Level 4) for large meetings and functions. The Atrium (Level 5) is popular for training sessions and committee meetings. These recently renovated rooms are also available for private functions. A special capital grant from the Victorian Government funded further renovations to the Centre, including signage, updated furniture and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment. The Centre also provides a showcase for burgeoning artists and our Arts Space program is now booked many months in advance. Each time I enter the Centre and pause to reflect on the current exhibition, I am uplifted. After a great deal of thought and planning, the Shilling Wall Garden is now under construction. It was a memorable day in June when Joy Wandin Murphy, an Elder of the Wurundjeri people, led a traditional smoking ceremony on the front steps of the Centre to clear the way for the start of construction. The Shilling Wall Garden will be a place of rest and reflection for women and will house the Shilling Wall. The Wall will display tributes to many women, nominated through donations to the Shilling Fund. Today’s Shilling Fund builds on the original Shilling Fund of 1897 which aimed to raise a shilling from every Victorian


woman to build the first hospital in Australia run for and by women. We invite everyone to get involved in the Shilling Fund and make a tribute to a woman of importance to them. QVWCT staff and Trustees have gained significant experience running projects on a wide range of issues, including positive body image (Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age), cultural diversity (Reach Out, Don’t Retreat and Crafting Cultural Connections), work family balance (Creating Family Friendly Workplaces booklets), community art (Note to Herself ), and providing online information (further development of the QVWC InfoHub Website with new sections on disability and positive body image). This wealth of experience stands us in good stead to lead on other projects to improve and enrich the health and wellbeing of women across Victoria. For example, the Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age project has been a very important means of engaging young women across metropolitan and regional Victoria, from both public and private schools. The project tackles the serious issue of the ways today’s media present young women with impossible beauty ideals. The 32 young women who participated in the project became ambassadors within their schools, delivering information about positive body image and the beauty myths created by digital photo manipulation to over 1,550 students across Victoria. In the next few months we will research the capacity building needs of women’s organisations and develop a strategy to respond to these needs through new programs and partnerships. In October 2006, QVWC celebrated the 110th Anniversary of providing services for women, by women. The Anniversary was a fabulous event with many QVWC Alumni and Friends in attendance. 2008 marks another key year of celebration for women and QVWCT has begun planning its contribution to the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage. This is an important opportunity for us to reflect on the critical importance of women’s participation in decision making at all levels of our society.

This year’s Annual Report theme, Recognising Women, celebrates the women who enrich our lives and communities. (left to right) Kate Brebner of the Eclairs performs on International Women’s Day. Photo: Tara Moore – Moore Photography, Crafting Cultural Connections Photo: Candice Molnar – CDM Photography, Art work by Helen Pollard from the ‘Beyond 1’ art exhibition: Dec 06–11 Jan 07, Manar Chelebi celebrates IWD 2007 at QVWC.

I would like to thank Susan Brennan and Kay Setches for their hard work and leadership as Co-Chairs for much of the 2006-07 year. I would also like to thank the staff led by Cheryl Teng, students on placements, volunteers and project teams who have worked on the initiatives profiled in this report. The former Trustees and supporters of QVWCT have given the largely new Trust a wonderful base and a terrific opportunity. I and my fellow Trustees are committed to converting this opportunity into successful outcomes with and on behalf of Victorian women.

Throughout the Annual Report, women who have been instrumental to the work of QVWCT, both past and present, are profiled. I hope that the sense of admiration and inspiration these women instil will serve as encouragement to others reading this Report. Looking into the future, I imagine a Women’s Centre which continues to come alive with ideas and activities, fuelled by women like those profiled here. I imagine a Centre where people feel welcome to sit in the Shilling Wall Garden or attend a meeting or event, and where the contributions of Victorian women are recognised every day.

This year’s Annual Report theme, Recognising Women, acknowledges and celebrates the dedicated, passionate and visionary women who enrich our lives and communities. Whether they are doctors, mothers, social workers, sisters, lawyers, daughters, artists, counsellors, community, government and corporate leaders, volunteers, friends or any of the other myriad roles women fill in our lives, these individuals are diligent in their pursuit of a society which values women as equal members and supports them to achieve all within their abilities.

Catherine Brown Chair


Aboriginal Elder Joy Wandin Murphy, former Director of OfďŹ ce of Women’s Policy Fiona Sharkie and QVWCT Chair Catherine Brown (left to right) turn the sod at the Shilling Wall Garden smoking ceremony. Photo: Tara Moore, Moore Photography.

A PLACE FOR ALL VICTORIAN WOMEN Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust (QVWCT) comprises twelve members who contribute as individuals and who are guided by the Trust’s statement of purpose. The Trust is committed to building connections that honour the symbolic value of past accomplishments and establish future directions in partnership with organisations supporting women.


• Holds significant events to celebrate the accomplishments of women • Provides meeting facilities for groups and organisations • Encourages the display of art, especially that of budding women artists.

• Is tenanted by a range of diverse women-focused organisations • Encourages partnerships with organisations, working both within and external to the Centre, to deliver programs and projects • Provides accessible information through the QVWC InfoHub Website – Victorian women’s online pathway to reliable and reputable information, resources and support

DI MISSEN, MANAGER, BREACAN Di Missen has worked in the community sector for the past seven years, after working in State Government for 15 years in youth policy, children’s services and community support programs. ‘When the job to set up a new support service for women with breast cancer was advertised it immediately appealed to me because I felt that it would be interesting to establish such a worthwhile service “from scratch”. Five years on and you never quite know what each day will bring – it has been an amazing experience. It’s a rare privilege to work with and learn from people, who despite what they are facing, show such resilience and spirit – it makes you realise what really matters in life. Working alongside a wonderful staff team and volunteers to create the service has been a joy’.


The Vietnamese Women’s Dance Troupe performed traditional dances at the 110th Anniversary Open Day. Photo: Tara Moore, Moore Photography.

CELEBRATING 110 YEARS OF WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN In October 2006, QVWC celebrated 110 years of women serving women. The celebration marked the 110 years that have passed since Constance Stone’s vision of providing health services for women, by women was conceived. The Anniversary theme, ‘My grandmother, My granddaughter, and Me’, reflected both the long history and personal connections many women share with the Centre. The celebrations included an open day showcasing QVWCT’s work and services, a photographic exhibition and a cocktail evening.

OPEN DAY On 12 October 2006, 200 women braved unseasonably hot and windy weather to attend the Centre’s Open Day and celebrate 110 years of service. The occasion was marked by the cutting of a cake featuring a historic photograph of the old ‘Queen Vic’ hospital, information stalls by Centre Organisations, the unveiling of the Shilling Wall design by then-Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Delahunty, speeches, music and entertainment.


Dr Joy Bear, whose ancestor Annette BearCrawford was one of the founders of the original hospital, spoke passionately about the central role the hospital played in the lives of thousands of Victorian women. She reminded everyone of the significant act undertaken when the hospital founders determined to provide medical services for women, by women. Other speakers, including then-Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Delahunty, hospital alumni Valerie Brumby and former Lord Mayor of Melbourne Lecki Ord, emphasised the importance of the Hospital and Centre in Victorian women’s lives. At the end of the night, guests were treated to a special sight when giant historical images of the hospital were projected onto the rear of the Centre, making it a unique and massive canvas.

On 9 October 2006, 130 Alumni, Friends and Fellows of the Centre gathered to celebrate the opening of the Constance and Campaigns exhibition. Constance and Campaigns portrayed 110 years of ‘Queen Vic’ history through historical photographs, artefacts and traditional nurses’ uniforms.


The Shilling Wall Garden, currently under construction, will provide a public space for relaxation and reection on the achievements of all women. Image: ASPECT Studios.

HONOURING OUR PAST, SUPPORTING OUR FUTURE: THE SHILLING FUND The Shilling Fund is a gift from the women of today to the women of tomorrow. The Fund represents over a century of concern for women’s health and wellbeing, and honours the Centre’s roots in the Queen Victoria Women’s Hospital. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SHILLING FUND


In 1896, social worker Annette Bear-Crawford led the establishment of a ‘Provisional Committee’ to conduct a succession of fundraising campaigns to purchase new premises for a women’s hospital that would support existing and future hospital requirements. The Committee was motivated by the success of initial clinical medical services operating from St David’s Hall in Latrobe Street. Taking advantage of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the first of many Shilling Funds was initiated. It was hoped that the sum of one shilling would enable even the poorest women in Victoria to donate – an idea that came from Henry Champion, a radical journalist and feminist supporter, who took up the cause of fighting for the underprivileged.

Numerous donations have been made to the Shilling Fund in the past year. The capital fund established under this fundraising campaign will support development of a range of programs and projects to help break down barriers and promote women’s wellbeing. Funds will also support the development of women’s organisations.

The original Shilling Fund raised £3,162 11s 9d (equivalent to more than $AUD 5.7 million today) due to the enthusiasm and expertise of the organising committee. The generous donors to the new Shilling Fund are listed later in this report.

Individuals or groups wishing to donate to the Shilling Fund can do so by downloading forms from the QVWC website: or by contacting the Centre. Donations are tax deductible and all donors who give over $150 may choose to nominate an inspiring or significant woman to be commemorated on the Shilling Wall. The Shilling Fund was established by QVWCT as a preferred donor fund of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW).

‘VOX POP’ SHILLING FUND DVD Documentary filmmakers Karen Martin and Sal Castro spent hours filming the 110th Anniversary celebrations, interviewing QVWCT Alumni and sourcing archival footage to create the ‘Vox Pop’ Shilling Fund DVD. The DVD is a fascinating but quick snapshot of the Centre’s history, from its origins in the Queen Victoria Hospital, to the campaign to save the tower we know today. The DVD is an excellent resource for sharing our history and educating others about the Centre. Karen Martin has worked in the arts industry for over twenty years. Karen was awarded the prestigious Ewa Czajor Memorial Award in 2001 for her work on The Women’s Jail Project and is a recipient of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship (St James Ethic Centre). ‘The Shilling Fund doco was created to not only highlight the founding women and retain their history in our memory, but to honour the women of today who have continued such a worthy legacy. In particular, the Vox Pop showed me how special the ‘Queen Vic’ was, especially to women who had worked there or given birth there. All women interviewed referred to a real spirit, an essence of something … something special.’


CENTRE ORGANISATIONS Ten independent women-focused organisations call QVWC home. These organisations offer a range of services for women, by women. We are consistently encouraged and inspired by the dedication and professionalism of the women who work to support and nurture Victorian women. ABORIGINAL FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND LEGAL SERVICE (AFVPLS) AFVPLS provides free legal, counselling, support, information and referral services to victim/survivors of family violence and sexual assault.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTORIA (DV VIC) Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) is a peak advocacy organisation committed to the rights of women and children to live free of violence. It comprises a membership of women’s family/ domestic violence services operating across the state of Victoria.


BreaCan is a free and confidential information, support and referral service for people with gynaecological or breast cancer, their families and friends. Since 2003, BreaCan has served women with breast cancer, and from May 2007, BreaCan has welcomed women with gynaecological cancers.

EMILY’s List Australia is a political, financial and personal support network for progressive Labor women candidates who are committed to choice, diversity, equity, equal pay, and accessible and affordable childcare.


URCOT conducts a wide range of research and organisational development activities for clients, including organisational enhancement, strategic thinking and planning, environmental scanning, organisational and work analysis and design, organisational learning and capability development and consultative work processes.

CASA House (Centre Against Sexual Assault) is a service of the Royal Women’s Hospital. It is a State Government funded organisation which provides free and confidential services to victim/survivors of sexual assault on a 24 hour basis.


CAROLYN INGVARSON WIRE CONVENOR Carolyn Ingvarson first joined women’s organisations, such as Women’s Lib and WEL, in the early 1970s. She became so involved as to stand for the Senate in 1977 for the Women’s Party – a WEL orchestrated campaign, which Carolyn calls ‘mad but fun’. ‘I joined the WIRE Board in 2000, having supported and admired it since 1983. I’ve loved being Convenor these last five years, overseeing some important shifts, like growing the public face of the QV Women’s Centre, vindicating our decision to move there three years ago. And no matter what else I do, I know that, like many other women, I will always be a WIRE WOMAN.’


BreaCan staff in discussion in their Resource Centre.

VICTORIAN IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WOMEN’S COALITION (VIRWC) VIRWC is an independent, statewide advocate for immigrant and refugee women committed to the goals of achieving cultural, social, economic, political, educational and sexual equality.

VITA NATURAL HEALTH Vita Natural Health offers a suite of natural health services and natural medicine expertise including naturopathy, massage, osteopathy, and counselling, all in one location.

WIRE – WOMEN’S INFORMATION WIRE – Women’s Information provides free, confidential information, support and referrals to the women of Victoria. Services include the toll free statewide telephone service offering confidential referrals and the Women’s Information Centre, located on the Ground Floor of the Centre and offering information, referrals and free computer and internet access and training.

YWCA VICTORIA YWCA Victoria provides a range of gender specific services that provide information, support and advocacy for young women. Programs include Girlstorey community arts program and Asista mentoring program for young women.


Year-11 students from schools across Victoria learned about the ways media create impossible beauty ideals at the Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age Forum. Photo: Tara Moore, Moore Photography.

REALISING WOMEN’S POTENTIAL: PROGRAMS In 2006-07 QVWCT was privileged to work with an array of organisations to deliver dynamic capacity building programs for women. Highlights of the year included the Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age program, Note to Herself community art project, and the launch of the Getting the Balance Right: Creating Family Friendly Workplaces booklet. Other programs ranged from public awarenessraising about the prevalence and impacts of domestic/family violence through the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign to supporting an education and self-esteem building program for year-9 girls as part of Schools’ Urban Week. In May 2007, we worked with two inspirational women, Sonya Davies and Manar Chelebi, to present Reach Out, Don’t Retreat Retreat, a program which works to bring women from diverse backgrounds together on common ground – the sharing of a meal and a conversation. At the Centre we pride ourselves on undertaking targeted and innovative programs which directly address key women’s issues. Our programs aim to empower women by providing information to allow them to make informed decisions and by providing resources and support to allow them to reach their full potential.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS In 2006-07, QVWCT undertook the following programs: Inside Out: Art Exhibition This exhibition of artworks created in the Young Women’s Crisis Support Service art therapy program formed part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Girls’ Education Program The day-long program aimed to empower year-9 girls with vital information about making decisions, relationships and feminism. The program was a pilot with WIRE, CASA House and YWCA Victoria as part of Schools’ Urban Week. Accessing the City Safely This seminar, presented by Victorian Women with a Disability Network, with support from Travellers’ Aid and Vision Australia, provided information about disability services and facilities for accessing Melbourne’s CBD safely.

Navigating the City Safely This series of two seminars, presented in conjunction with City of Melbourne, RMIT ‘Keep it Safe’ and Victoria Police Crime Prevention Unit armed newly arrived female international students with basic safety information. Getting the Balance Right: For Women in Small Non Government Organisations Booklet Published with WIRE and URCOT, the booklet provides easy-to-understand, practical advice for ways small NGOs can make their workplace more family friendly. Fight Like a Girl – Women’s Self Defence Five of these very popular FLAG workshops were offered in 2006-07, giving women basic instruction in self defence, including ‘verbal distancing’ and basic blocking. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence The Campaign included several events to raise public awareness about the prevalence and effects of domestic/family violence, such as the White Ribbon Day launch at the Centre and the Inside Out exhibition. Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age The program involved over 1,500 secondary school children across Victoria and aimed to debunk media myths and impossible beauty ideals. Reach Out, Don’t Retreat – Women’s Lunch The lunch brought together 120 culturally diverse women to build community over a meal and a conversation. International Women’s Day 2007 This year’s annual celebration included the Note to Herself community art project, a fundraising lunch for the WIRE, Victorian Women’s Trust and QVWCT Women Taking Control Grant and a series of women’s safety seminars. QVWC InfoHub Website In 2006-07 InfoHub – Victorian women’s online pathway to reliable and reputable information, resources and support – was expanded to include Positive Body Image and Women and Disabilities.


Crafting Cultural Connections This series of craft workshops for refugee and migrant women aims to develop women’s craft skills and encourage the development of small, craft-based businesses. Funded by the Victorian Government through the Women Creating Harmony Grants program, the program will complete in Financial Year 2007-08.

YOUNG WOMEN, BODY IMAGE AND THE DIGITAL AGE In April 2007, QVWCT presented the Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age Forum which was opened by The Hon James Merlino MP, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs. The forum aimed to debunk media myths and alert young women to the impossible beauty ideals presented through digital manipulation of images in today’s media. Thirty-four year 11 girls attended a day-long forum at the Centre to hear from experts on body image and learn, firsthand, how digital image manipulation occurs. Seventeen in-school mentors also attended a Mentor Information Workshop to learn about how to bolster students’ positive body image, to identify signs of eating disorders and how to improve students’ media literacy. Claire, a student from Essendon-Keilor College, said, ‘Before this project, I never knew that media images were so altered. I think it’s important to know because you’re surrounded by it, 24/7’. The girls then created presentations which they delivered, with the help of in-school mentors, to their school peer groups, spreading the message that it’s time to ‘get real’ and appreciate real beauty. The Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age Project was made possible with the support of the Victorian Government as part of their $2.1 million commitment to the Teenagers – Go For Your Life! Positive Body Image Strategy. An evaluation of the project found that participants experienced significant shifts in their attitudes and ideas about body image and media.


Photo: Tara Moore, Moore Photography.

Key findings included: • There was an 80 percent increase in the number of participants who understood media images are digitally manipulated. • There was a 200 percent increase in the number of participants who understood how media images are digitally altered. • Seventy-two percent of participants left the Forum feeling confident about talking to their peers about body image, up from 44 percent prior to the Forum. • Eighty percent of students reported they knew where to go for information or support about body image, up from 12 percent before the Forum. Following the forum, participants reported an increased sense of confidence about their ability to talk with their peers about body image issues. A major shift occurred in participants’ knowledge of where to go for information and support about body image.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2007 This year’s International Women’s Day incorporated a range of activities – from a community art project to a fundraising lunch to information seminars – each aimed at encouraging women to ‘Take Control’ Control’. Tracy Bartram of Mix 101.1 FM was the MC for the funny and inspiring IWD Fundraising Lunch with guest speakers Sonya Davies and Manar Chelebi. Sonya and Manar shared their personal story of friendship and community and encouraged women to ‘test drive their views’ by making contact with those members of the community with whom they might not otherwise interact. Information seminars focussed on safety and accessibility in the CBD with sessions held for international students and women with a disability. Fight Like a Girl – Women’s self defence workshops were also a hit.

NOTE TO HERSELF COMMUNITY ART PROJECT Close to 1,200 women contributed their deepest secrets, thoughts and wants to the Note to Herself Community Art Project. Women’s anonymous, postcard-sized artworks covered an amazing array of themes – from failed attempts to quit smoking to infidelity to the loss of a child – women opened up their hearts and artistically shared their secrets. The works were displayed for three weeks at the Note to Herself Gallery. The project was made possible with the support of City of Melbourne – Community Cultural Development Arts Grants program. Other supporters included: Avant Card, Domayne, Eugene Cheah Architecture, Harris Office, Riot Art and Craft, Tamara DiMattina – Trumpet PR & Marketing, QV, Tim Ratcliffe and Rob Appleton, Victorian Government, William Seeto, WIRE and YWCA. ‘I am leaving here with a blank postcard in my hand, a lump in my throat and inspiration in my mind. Thank you’. Visitor to the Note to Herself exhibition

RACHEL BROWNE, PROGRAM INTERN Rachel Browne (pictured right) is in her final year of studying International Relations and Women’s Studies at Monash University and is living in Melbourne with her sister, after relocating from Queensland. ‘I was really interested in the Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age program, which I found online. The concept of a ‘Women’s Centre’ was also very appealing to me. I liked the thought of being surrounded by women all working for the betterment of other women. I also wanted to volunteer with a women’s organisation because I identify with the key issues. The most enjoyable part of volunteering was definitely working with the women of the Centre. It was very refreshing to be surrounded by like-minded, ambitious women who helped me gain the skills and understanding necessary to work in the Women’s Sector. I’ve found volunteering with the Centre to be fulfilling, both personally and professionally’.




In October 2006, QVWCT, URCOT and WIRE – Women’s Information published Getting the Balance Right Right, a handy booklet filled with information and advice for how small Non Government Organisations (NGOs) can practically implement family friendly policies.

Much of the program work QVWCT undertook in 2006-07 would not have been possible without the dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm of our volunteers. Our volunteers have this year donated over 500 hours of work to the Centre. QVWCT thanks each and every individual who gave of their time to aid the delivery of programs.

The booklet was the result of the ‘Work Family Balance for Women Working in Small NGOs’ project, run by WIRE, URCOT and QVWCT, and funded by the Victorian Women’s Trust and the Victorian Government (Industrial Relations Victoria). Through the project, ten women’s organisations, ranging from the Council of Single Mothers to the Girl Guides, were provided with the support, training, information and mentoring they needed to implement family friendly policies in their workplaces.

DIANE FORSTER QVWCT VOLUNTEER Diane Forster was born at the ‘Queen Vic’ Hospital, as was her mum, most of her brothers and sisters, and her first daughter. Diane volunteered many hours for the Note to Herself project and Crafting Cultural Connections. ‘I had been going through a bad patch in my life and, as things started easing a bit, I decided to look at volunteering. I ended up helping out at the Centre, when they needed volunteers for the postcard installation. There haven’t been any particular “moments” during my time with QVWCT, the whole experience has been wonderful fun and an inspiration. I’ve loved working with the QVWCT staff and all of the volunteers who are all so talented and inspiring. Probably my warmest memory was the knitting and crochet day with refugee and migrant women, when everyone was so into the zone and no-one wanted to even stop for lunch’.



The Atrium: A more contemporary environment to its Victoria Room counterpart, the Atrium is ideal for smaller business meetings of up to 12 to 15, boardroom style. With 360 degree rooftop views of the city, The Atrium is also perfect for cocktail parties and other private functions. The room is equipped with a small kitchenette and ensuite.

ACKNOWLEDGING AND PRESERVING WOMEN’S HERITAGE: BUILDING AND GROUNDS Queen Victoria Women’s Centre stands as a monument to the stamina, history and heritage of Victorian women. The Centre is widely recognised as a key site of Victorian women’s history and is Heritage listed. Managing the Centre and ensuring it is maintained and accessible is a major responsibility of the QVWCT. This includes maintenance, conservation of a Heritage Building and using the spaces within the building as effectively as possible.

In particular, the recently renovated conference rooms demonstrate our commitment to providing an inviting, practical space for Victorian women. It is anticipated that the positive response to these upgrades will cause demand for the rooms to increase. The conference rooms provide a central location for much of the capacity building work undertaken by QVWCT and Centre Organisations. The rooms are used to deliver a wide range of programs and projects for women, by women. In the past FY there has also been a steady increase in commercial use.

VENUE HIRE As custodian of this historically rich building, QVWCT prides itself on maintaining and improving the site. In so doing, we pay respect to all those women who were so diligent in their efforts to build and later preserve the Centre.

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JANE LAWRENCE REGIONAL AND EXTENDED FAMILY SERVICES Jane Lawrence is Office Administrator of REFS a not-for-profit organisation that provides training to the Community Sector, including Community Mediation and Indigenous Awareness workshops. REFS regularly use the Victoria Room and the Atrium. ‘Because we are a not-for-profit organisation, we have to be mindful of a strict budget. The QVWC room hire rates for us are affordable, the majority of our attendees are statewide, so having an affordable venue in the CBD close to public transport and accommodation is an added bonus. The Centre has a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. I have always found staff to be very helpful and always very accommodating when it comes to booking a room. Nothing is ever a problem!’


The Shilling Wall provides a unique opportunity for donors to the Shilling Fund to nominate a woman of importance to them. Image: ASPECT Studios.

COMMEMORATING WOMEN: SHILLING WALL GARDEN The Shilling Wall Garden is an exciting aspect of the Shilling Fund and provides an opportunity to commemorate admired, loved and inspirational women. Located in the grounds of QVWC, the Shilling Wall Garden aims to provide a public space for relaxation and reflection on the achievements of all women. Women form an integral part in our lives and the Shilling Wall provides a unique opportunity for donors to nominate a woman of importance to them. The Wall acknowledges the significant roles these women play in our lives – as mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, teachers, colleagues or friends. There is the opportunity for over 6,000 women to be recognised on the Shilling Wall. Significant time and effort are required to bring such a multifaceted concept to fruition. Throughout the past year, the Shilling Reference Group has met on a regular basis to guide the Wall and Garden design brief, select the landscape architect and artist, finalise concept plans and engage the construction work. The generosity of members of the group, who each brought a range of skills and passion to the project, is enormously appreciated. The group comprised: Susan Brennan, 20 : QVWC ANNUAL REPORT 2006–2007 RECOGNISING WOMEN

Kay Setches, Dimity Reed, Catherine Heggen, Tamara Brezzi, Tony Kotevski, Marg D’Arcy, Helen Hewett and Yvonne von Hartel. At the 110th Anniversary Celebrations Open Day, the then-Minister for Women’s Affairs, Mary Delahunty announced ASPECT Studios as the successful landscape architects and Cassandra Fahey of Cassandra Complex as the successful artist to undertake the Shilling Wall Garden project. The project was subsequently let to 2Construct in June 2007. On 26 June 2007 a traditional smoking ceremony was performed by Aboriginal elder Joy Wandin Murphy to cleanse the site in preparation for the construction of the gardens.

PROMOTING BUDDING ARTISTS: EXHIBITION SPACE QVWCT showcases the diversity and talent of burgeoning artists through our Arts Space program. The program offers free exhibition space which gives new artists a rare opportunity to promote their work and publicise their talents in a central, well-trafficked location. The Art Space program is also an important means of celebrating women’s artistic scope and abilities – exhibitions have ranged from photojournalism to Japanese textiles to historical oil paintings.



QVWCT received Victorian Government Funding of $700,000 to commence significant internal and external capital works during 2006-07. The introduction of technological advances, the preservation of the beautiful architectural features and the continuation of the Centre’s unique ambience have posed many challenges, but the upgraded facilities have been well worth the effort.

In 2006-07 QVWC also aimed to become a greener Centre by looking inwards and undergoing a GreenSteps Environmental Audit to determine ways to lessen our impact on the environment. The audit, undertaken by GreenSteps student Zoe Jones, showed that the Centre has already adopted initial steps to minimise our impact on the environment and made recommendations for ways QVWCT and Centre Organisations can further shrink our environmental footprint.

In particular, the Centre now boasts contemporary internal and external signage, renovated conference facilities and improved disability access. Building security has been improved, fire and safety equipment updated and repairs have been made to the verandahs, basement and internal walls. The Trust is currently considering further capital works that will better utilise all available space, improve energy efficiency and maintain the unique heritage of the building. In addition QVWCT manages a regular minor maintenance works program throughout the year.

The audit was carried out in the Trust Office and common areas, and involved the input of organisations and staff throughout the Centre. Results of the audit have allowed the Centre to take steps in the Trust Office and with Centre Organisations to reduce the amount of waste produced and improve waste disposal. Further recycling options are being investigated, as are other energy and water saving strategies, such as encouraging staff to set computers on powersaving levels, reducing the number of light globes used in the building and installing rainwater tanks for our gardens.

EMMA FINCH Emma Finch is a painter who works in mixed media, including painting, silkwork and canvas. ‘Holding an exhibition at the Centre was a life changing event for me. This was my first solo exhibition where I was revealing and showcasing my artistic endeavours surrounding my art therapy journey from Depression to Health. I wanted to educate the public in an artistic way, by displaying images as to what it was like living with a mental health problem. I found the intimacy of the exhibition space and the fact it was being held in a Women’s Centre very appealing, encouraging and supportive. Exhibiting in the Women’s Centre gave me the courage to open up and be honest about the depression I faced. The Centre had a warmth to it and the atmosphere that healing could take place by exhibiting there.’


Dr Constance Stone’s commitment to medical care provided for women, by women led to the establishment of Australia’s first women’s hospital. Today, Constance Stone’s vision lives on through the Centre. Photograph courtesy of: Southern Health Monash Medical Centre Historical Collection.

QVWCT WOMEN INDUCTED ONTO THE VICTORIAN WOMEN’S HONOUR ROLL 2007 In recognition of their determination and perseverance as founders of the Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) the following ten remarkable and visionary women were inducted onto the 2007 Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. They joined co-founder Dr Constance Stone (2001 inductee) and social worker Annette Bear-Crawford (2007 inductee). Dr Emily Mary Page Stone 1865–1910 Dr Bertha Main (Lady Leitch) 1873–1957 Dr Elfreda Hilda Gamble 1871–1947 Dr Marie Elizabeth Amy Castilla 1868–1899 Dr Hannah Mary Helen Sexton 1863–1950 Dr Gertrude Halley 1867–1939 Dr Janet Stocks Greig 1872–1939 Dr Lillian Helen Alexander 1862–1934 Dr Grace Clara Stone 1860–1957

This group of innovative women doctors fought to gain their medical degrees during a time when sexist views dominated the profession. The ten doctors decided that they needed a hospital of their own—run for women, by women—where they could train and work to the full extent of their skills and passion. Their idea was revolutionary and they provided amazing leadership in the field of women’s health. Their commitment to provide medicine and services to the poorest and most vulnerable women and children was particularly progressive. They initially had no building and no funds but through determination and public support opened the first services in the small hall behind the Welsh Church on Latrobe Street, in one of the poorest and most crowded areas of Melbourne. Former Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trustee, Barbara Jennings was also inducted onto the 2007 Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. Barbara was recognised for her amazing resourcefulness, leadership and ingenuity in campaigning to save the Royal Women’s Hospital. Barbara also participated in the campaign to save the remaining tower of the Queen Victoria Hospital which is today the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Each of these women is remarkable in her own right and an inspiration to others. They have combined their skills and knowledge with passion and commitment to improve the position of women within Victorian communities. QVWCT is proud to be associated with these extraordinary women and we are pleased to know their contributions are valued and remembered.


Top row (left to right): Catherine Brown, Laurie Bebbington, Michelle Beveridge and Tamara Brezzi. Middle row (left to right): Maree Davidson, Gaye Hamilton, Jean Ker Walsh and Vivienne Nguyen. Bottom row (left to right): Kay Setches, Lee Ward and Janet Wood.

TRUST MEMBERS In 2006-07 the Trust welcomed nine new members. QVWCT is grateful to the seven women who completed their time with the Trust during the year and wishes to acknowledge the contributions of: Carol Andrades Jenny Beacham Joan Bennett Susan Brennan (former former Co-Chair, August ‘06 – March ‘07 ‘07) Helen Hewett (former Chair, until July ‘06) Barbara Jennings Rachel Kwei


Tamara Brezzi Chair, Building Committee Tamara is a lawyer and town planner who practises in all aspects of town planning law including major project developments, commercial and residential planning projects and local government work. She regularly appears in planning hearings at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and at Planning Panels Victoria. Tamara takes a practical approach to problems and she is passionate about her chosen field of expertise.

Catherine Brown Catherine is Deputy Chair of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and a former Chair of ACROD Victoria. She is a consultant, lawyer and company director with particular expertise in philanthropy and not-for-profit governance. Her clients include The Myer Foundation, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the Australian Association of Principals Professional Development Council, the United Nations University, Deakin University and ANZ Trustees. Earlier in her career, Catherine was CEO of the Brain Foundation.

Maree Davidson Chair, Funding and Marketing Committee Maree runs a social change, communications and strategic planning consultancy. Maree is Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival board, an Executive member of the National Coalition Against Bullying (NCAB), a member of the Public Transport Ombudsman Board, a member of Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues Board, a Director of The Long Walk and part of the Advisory Committee for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership.

MEMBERS Laurie Bebbington Chair, Programs Committee Laurie is Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security. She has held executive positions in the Departments of Human Services, Premier and Cabinet, and Labour, including the CEO of Lakeside Psychiatric Hospital, Ballarat, and managing the state-wide drug treatment services system. Prior to her career in the public service, Laurie worked for the Australian Social Welfare Union. She is currently Chairwoman of Uniting Care Moreland Hall. Laurie has maintained a commitment to women’s issues and the community throughout her career. Michelle Beveridge Michelle is a seasoned ICT professional with a strong strategic focus, a track record of delivery and high level skills in change management. She was recently appointed Chief Information Officer for IDP Education Pty Ltd. Michelle holds an MBA qualification from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and is a Certified Practising Accountant. She acts as Chair of the Victorian ICT for Women Network.

Gaye Hamilton Gaye has a background in education, the environment and cultural sectors. She was Assistant Director, Melbourne Zoo, and Director, Werribee Open Range Zoo with Zoos Victoria before being appointed Director, Scienceworks and Director, Museum Operations, with Museum Victoria. Now retired, Gaye undertakes a range of part time work and sits on several not for profit boards, including the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Seaworks Foundation and Zoos Victoria. Jean Ker Walsh Jean is the National Manager, Corporate Reputation, at Transurban. She has experience as a broadcast journalist, political and public sector communications manager and strategic communications consultant. Her Transurban role has a strong operational focus which includes communicating through the media on customer and road experience issues. In addition to her Trust role, Jean is currently a Director of Hanover Welfare Services and Council Member of Australian Volunteers International.


Vivienne Nguyen Vivienne has strong links with Victoria’s Vietnamese community and has demonstrated strong advocacy skills to support the strengthening of ethnic communities generally. She is currently employed with the ANZ Bank in Risk Management. Previously she was National Manager for AustChoice Financial Services Limited. She holds a Master of Applied Finance and sits on the Australia Day (Victoria) Committee Board and is a Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission.


Kay Setches Kay was born in Collingwood, where she attended state schools and worked in the retail sector as a worker and manager. She was the coordinator of a women’s refuge prior to being elected to the Victorian Parliament where she served for over 10 years. As MP for Ringwood, Kay headed the ‘Why Women’s Health?’ consultation, which helped establish a network of women’s health services in Victoria. Kay was a Cabinet Minister from 1988 to 1992 and has served on a number of boards. Lee Ward Chair, Finance, Audit and Governance Committee Lee is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in senior financial management positions in industry and providing risk management advisory services. She has worked with both the government and private sectors, including work on corporate governance and compliance with the Financial Management Act. Janet Wood Janet grew up in Ballarat, spent many years outside Victoria and is now a resident of Gisborne. She has been a teacher, an executive director and a member of Commonwealth administrative tribunals. Janet recently completed six years as chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Council of Senior Victorians. Currently she is chairperson of Uniting Aged Care (Victoria and Tasmania), is a Board member and Policy Council member of COTA (Victoria) and is a chair or member of other health/aged related committees.





Carol Andrades

July 06 – Feb 07


Jenny Beacham

July 06 – Feb 07


Laurie Bebbington

Apr 07 – Jun 07


Joan Bennett

July 06 – Feb 07


Michelle Beveridge

May 07 – Jun 07


Susan Brennan

July 06 – May 07


Tamara Brezzi

May 07 – Jun 07


Catherine Brown

Apr 07 – Jun 07


Maree Davidson

Nov 06 – Jun 07


Gaye Hamilton

Nov 06 – Jun 07


Helen Hewett

Jun 06 – July 06


Barbara Jennings

July 06 – May 07


Jean Ker Walsh

Jun 07 – Jun 07


Rachel Kwei

July 06 – Dec 06


Vivienne Nguyen

Jun 07 – Jun 07


Kay Setches

Jul 06 – Jun 07


Lee Ward

Jul 06 – Jun 07


May 07 – Jun 07


Janet Wood

STAFF QVWCT’s full-time staff possess a diversity of skills, experience and professional expertise. Our staff is driven by a passion and commitment to ensure the Centre offers innovative programs and a welcoming space for women, by women. Each staff member participates in Trust Committees which enables collaboration between Trust and staff. Throughout the year paid staff worked in conjunction with volunteers, interns and students on placement to deliver a range of programs and projects. The achievements of the past year would not have been possible without their support and dedication which is greatly appreciated. The contributions of the following staff members during 2006-07 are appreciated.

CURRENT STAFF Cheryl Teng – General Manager Sara Bice – Program Manager Larissa Staszko – Program Support Coordinator Dina Lynch – Finance Manager

FORMER STAFF Natasha Farrell – Accountant (part-time) Alison Weir – Bookkeeper (part-time) Celine Lim – Communications Coordinator (part-time) Maya Sugiharto – Marketing Coordinator (part-time) Rachella Birch-Samios – Event Coordinator (part-time)

GOVERNMENT COMPLIANCE Whistleblowers Act 2001 This section of the report contains information that is required to be published annually under section 104 of the Whistleblowers Act 2001. • The current procedures established by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust under Part 6 of the Act are available on request from the Trust • The Trust has received no disclosures during the year • The Trust has not referred any disclosures to the Ombudsman for determination as to whether they are public interest disclosures during the year • The Ombudsman has not referred any disclosed matters to the Trust during the year • The Trust has not referred any disclosed matters to the Ombudsman to investigate during the year

• The Ombudsman has not taken over any investigation of disclosed matters from the Trust during the year • The Trust has made no request under section 74 of the Act to the Ombudsman to investigate disclosed matters during the year • The Trust has not declined to investigate a disclosed matter during the year • There have been no disclosed matters that were substantiated on Investigation. There has been no action required to be taken arising from an investigation since there have been no investigations • The Ombudsman has not made any recommendation under the Act that relates to the Trust. Alternative Contact Person A disclosure about improper conduct or detrimental action by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust or employees of the Trust may also be made to: The Ombudsman Victoria Level 22, 459 Collins Street Melbourne Vic 3000 (DX 210174) Tel: (03) 9613 6222 Toll Free: 1800 806 314 Internet: Email: Ombudsman, Mr George Brouwer Tel: (03) 9613 6202 Protected disclosure officer The protected disclosure officer is Larissa Staszko. Confidentiality The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust will take all reasonable steps to protect the identity of the whistleblower. Maintaining confidentiality is crucial in ensuring there are no reprisals against a whistleblower. Privacy Act The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust complies with the Privacy Act. Freedom of Information The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre received a request for information under the Act, which was completed and returned on the 3rd August 2006.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIPS QVWCT is in the second year of a four-year Funding and Service Agreement (FSA) with the Office of Women’s Policy, Department of Planning and Community Development (formerly Department for Victorian Communities). The FSA sets out Key Performance Indicators in all areas of the Trust’s operations. The Trust is in regular communication with OWP and meets with OWP quarterly for formal reporting. Former Minister for Women’s Affairs, The Hon Mary Delahunty, MP retired from politics at the November 2006 election. Ms Delahunty continued to show strong support for the Centre until her resignation from Parliament. The Trust appreciated Ms Delahunty’s participation in the Centre’s 110th Anniversary celebrations, during her last month in Office. At the celebrations, she launched the Alumni, Friends and Fellows and announced the successful landscape architect and artist for the Shilling Wall Garden project. Following the State elections, The Hon Ms Jacinta Allan was appointed Minister for Women’s Affairs in November 2006. The Minister oversaw the appointment of a new Chair and seven new Trustees with a great deal of care and attention. QVWCT appreciates the support of the Victorian Government and continues to strengthen its relations with OWP. Throughout 2006-07, the Trust has also appreciated the support of local Government, through Melbourne City Council. The Council assisted the Note to Herself project as part of International Women’s Day activities, through the Community Cultural Development Arts Grant Program. Council staff sat on committees for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and International Women’s Day, and a Council City Safety Grant funded a series of safety seminars for diverse groups of women.

GOVERNANCE Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust is a public, not for profit statutory authority within the meaning of paragraph (a) of the definition of a “public body” in section 3 of the Financial Management Act 1994. The Trust was created by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust Act 1994.

ROLE OF THE TRUST The functions of the Trust are: • To manage the QVWCT land and to use it for the purposes of a facility known as the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre • To provide on the QVWCT land services and facilities for women including health information services, rest and meeting rooms, and other services and facilities • To provide information in relation to the services and facilities provided by the Centre • To provide for the management, operation, use and promotion of the Centre • To provide for the efficient financial management of the QVWCT land and Centre • To seek funding for the Centre • Any other functions that are conferred on the Trust by the Act. The Trust will continue to develop and build on strategic relationships and alliances.

TRUST MEETINGS AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Trust meets on a monthly basis to manage the affairs of QVWCT. The Trust comprises 12 women appointed by the Minister for Women’s Affairs. The General Manager acts as Secretary to the Trust. Each member of the Trust has a responsibility to ensure they represent the Trust outside of the formal processes of the Trust in a manner that is consistent with the stated directions and the philosophy of the Trust.


THE AUDIT PROCESS The annual Audit is undertaken by the Office of the Victorian Auditor General and the audit report is presented to the Finance, Audit and Governance Committee.

TRUST COMMITTEES QVWCT is supported by Committees to meet its governance requirements and to oversee the implementation of its strategy. The Trust comprises four Committees: 1. Funding and Marketing 2. Finance, Audit and Governance 3. Programs 4. Building The Trust Committees have responsibility to: • Monitor the implementation of relevant areas of the Business Plan • Develop policies for approval by the Trust • Provide expert advice to the Trust. The Committees provide regular reports to the Trust meetings, including recommendations to inform decisions. Each Committee is governed by a Terms of Reference. The composition of each Committee, including external members of the public who have been invited to participate, is listed in the following table.



Finance, Audit and Governance

Chair: Lee Ward Members: Gaye Hamilton, Vivienne Nguyen External Member: Karen Lauf Staff Support: Dina Lynch


Chair: Tamara Brezzi Member: Michelle Beveridge Staff Support: Larissa Staszko, Dina Lynch

Programs (formerly Participation)

Chair: Laurie Bebbington Member: Janet Wood Staff Support: Sara Bice

Funding and Marketing (formerly Funding)

Chair: Maree Davidson Members: Kay Setches, Jean Ker Walsh External Member: Jenny Beacham Staff Support: Cheryl Teng

The Trust Chair, Catherine Brown, and General Manager, Cheryl Teng, serve as ex officio members of all Committees.


Artist Leanne O’Sullivan exhibited antique and hand crafted Japanese kimono materials at the Centre during November 2006. Image: Leanne O’Sullivan.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust ABN: 61 006 499 231 Annual Financial Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2007 Income Statement


Balance Sheet


Statement of Changes in Equity


Cash Flow Statement


Notes to the Annual Financial Report


Accountable Officer’s Declaration


Auditor-General’s Report


This financial report covers the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust as a single entity. The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre was established under the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Act 1994. Its principal address is: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Level 1, 210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Tel: 03 8668 8100 Email:

INCOME STATEMENT for the financial year ended 30 June 2007 NOTE

2007 $

2006 $

Revenue Revenue from Government Other revenue Total revenue

2 2

340,000 483,920 823,920

335,205 364,765 699,970

Expenditure Employee Depreciation Supplies and services Total expenditure

3 4 5

(415,752) (479,963) (395,116) (1,290,831)

(296,658) (447,828) 387,101) (1,131,587)

Net gain/(loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment, infrastructure Surplus/(deficit) for the period


– (466,911)

(12,684) (444,302)


2007 $

2006 $

7 8

425,544 72,712 250,671 748,927

294,510 69,781 9,410 373,701

9 10

16,731,000 269,647 17,000,647 17,749,574

18,924,178 141,841 19,066,018 19,439,719


62,231 20,959 20,870 104,060 104,060

58,777 20,884 4,951 84,612 84,612



4,021,455 15,416,962 (1,792,902 17,645,515

3,500,000 17,181,098 (1,325,991) 19,355,107

BALANCE SHEET as at 30 June 2007

Current assets Cash and cash equivalents Trade and other receivables Prepayments Total current assets Non-current assets Land and buildings Plant, equipment and furniture Total non-current assets Total assets Current liabilities Trade and other payables Trust funds and deposits Provision for employee entitlements Total current liabilities Total liabilities Net assets Equity Contributed equity Reserves Accumulated deficit Total equity


12 12 12

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY for the financial year ended 30 June 2007 2007





2007 $


2007 $




2007 $

Balance at beginning of the financial year



Net asset revaluation increment/(decrement)











Net income recognised directly in equity Surplus/(deficit) for the year


Total recognised income and expense Capital contributed during the year




Balance at end of financial year









2006 $

2006 $

2006 $




Balance at beginning of the financial year






Surplus/(deficit) for the year




Balance at end of financial year







CASH FLOW STATEMENT for the financial year ended 30 June 2007 NOTE Cash flows from operating activities Receipts from Government Receipts in the course of operations Payments to suppliers and employees Interest received Net cash inflow/(outflow) from operating activities


Cash flows from investing activities Payments for property, plant and equipment Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment Net cash inflow/(outflow) from investing activities Cash flows from financing activities Receipts from Government Net increase/(decrease) in cash held Cash at the beginning of the financial year Cash at the end of the financial year


2007 $

2006 $

340,000 411,616 (988,766) 25,457 (211,693)

341,226 380,363 (744,732) 12,655 (10,488)

178,727 – 178,727

(103,793) 2,191 (101,602)

521,455 521,455 131,034 294,510 425,544

– – (112,090) 406,600 294,510

NOTES TO THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT for the year ended 30 June 2007 Note 1 Summary of accounting policies Statement of compliance This financial report is a general purpose financial report that consists of an Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Changes in Equity, Cash Flow Statement, and notes accompanying these financial statements. The general purpose financial report complies with Australian Accounting Standards, other authoritative pronouncements of the Australian Accounting Standards, and Interpretations.

Grant revenue Grants are recognised as revenue when the Trust obtains control over the assets comprising these receipts.

Basis of Accounting This financial report has been prepared on the accrual and going concern basis under the convention of historical cost accounting, with the exception referred to in note 1(e).

Donations in Kind During the year the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust was the grateful recipient of pro bono support from individuals and companies. This nominal allocation to revenue has an offsetting expense item.

(a) Cash For purposes of the cash flow statement, cash includes short-term deposits that are readily convertible to cash on hand and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value, net of outstanding cheques yet to be presented by the Trust’s suppliers and creditors.

Interest revenue Interest revenue is recognised as it accrues, taking into account the effective yield on the financial asset.

(b) Revenue recognition Revenues are recognised at fair value of the consideration received net of the amount of goods and services tax (GST).


Rental income Rental income from operating leases is recognised on a straight line basis over the term of the lease, except where an alternative basis is more representative of the pattern of service rendered through the provision of the leased asset.

Sale of goods Revenue from the sale of goods is recognised (net of returns, discounts and allowances) when the significant risks and rewards of ownership of goods passes to the customer.

Profit on disposal of non-current assets The gain or loss on disposal is calculated as the difference between the carrying amount of the asset at the time of disposal and the net proceeds on disposal is included in other income. (c) Goods and services tax Revenues, expenses and assets are recognised net of GST except where the amount of GST incurred is not recoverable, in which case it is recognised as part of the cost of acquisition of an asset or part of an item of expense. The net amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is included as part of receivables or payables in the Balance Sheet. Cash flows are included in the cash flow statement on a gross basis. The GST component of cash flows arising from investing and financing activities which is recoverable from, or payable to, the taxation authority is classified as operating cash flows. (d) Receivables All debtors are recognised at the amounts receivable as they are due for settlement in no more than 30 days from the date of recognition. Collectability of debtors is reviewed on an ongoing basis. Debts that are known to be uncollectible are written off. A provision for doubtful debts is raised when some doubt as to collection exists. (e) Revaluations of non-current assets Subsequent to the initial recognition as assets, non-current physical assets, other than plant and equipment, are measured at fair value. Plant and equipment are measured at cost. Revaluations are made with sufficient regularity to ensure that the carrying amount of each asset does not differ materially from its fair value at the reporting date. Revaluations are assessed annually and supplemented by independent assessments, at least every three years. Revaluations are conducted in accordance with the Victorian Government Policy. – Revaluation of Non-Current Physical Assets. Revaluation increments are credited directly to the assets revaluation reserve, except that, to the extent that an increment reverses a revaluation decrement in respect of that class of asset previously recognized as an expense in the net result, the increment is recognized immediately as revenue in the net result. Revaluation decrements are recognised immediately as expenses in the net result, except that, to the extent that a credit balance exists in the asset revaluation reserve in respect of the same class of assets, they are debited directly to the asset revaluation reserve.

(f) Depreciation of property, plant and equipment Depreciation is calculated on a straight line basis to write off the net cost of each item of property (excluding land) over its expected useful life to the Trust. Estimates of the remaining useful lives for all assets are reviewed at least annually. The expected useful lives for the financial years ending 30 June 2007 and 30 June 2006 are as follows: Buildings Plant and equipment

40 years 3–15 years

Where items of plant and equipment have separately identifiable components which are subject to regular replacement, those components are assigned useful lives distinct from the item of plant and equipment to which they relate. Major spares purchased specifically for particular plant are capitalised and depreciated on the same basis as the plant to which they relate. (g) Trade and other creditors These amounts represent liabilities for goods and services provided to the Trust prior to the end of the financial year and which are unpaid. The amounts are unsecured and are usually paid within 30 days of recognition. (h) Employee benefits (i) Wages, salaries and annual leave Liabilities for wages and salaries, including nonmonetary benefits, annual leave and accumulating sick leave expected to be settled within 12 months of the reporting date are recognised as current liabilities in respect of when the leave is taken and measured at the rates paid or payable. (ii) Superannuation The amount charged to the Operating Statement in respect of superannuation represents the contributions made by the Trust to the superannuation fund. (i) Contributed capital Consistent with UIG Interpretation 1038 Contributions by Owners Made to Wholly-Owned Public Sector Entities appropriations for additions to net assets have been designated as contributed capital. Other transfers that are in the nature of contributions or distributions have also been designated as contributed capital. (j) Income tax The income of the Trust is exempt from income tax under Subsection 50-25 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (as amended).

Revaluation increments and decrements are offset against one another within a class of non-current assets.


NOTES TO THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT for the year ended 30 June 2007 2007 $

2006 $

40,000 300,000 340,000

35,205 300,000 335,205

337,205 26,209

278,674 35,873

23,000 60,790 5,474 31,242 483,920 823,920

– 34,126 3,437 12,655 364,765 699,970

Note 3 Employee expenses Salaries and wages Superannuation and workcover expenses Contractors and outplacement fees Sitting fees Directors/Volunteers insurance Staff training & recruitment Total employee expenses

299,390 27,348 41,676 26,179 9,986 11,173 415,752

169,084 14,596 81,026 21,260 10,692 – 296,658

Note 4 Depreciation Buildings Plant and equipment Total depreciation

429,042 50,921 479,963

422,500 25,328 447,828

Note 5 Supplies and services Office costs Events and marketing cash expenses Professional services Building and maintenance Project expenses Doubtful debts Total supplies and services expenses

51,294 60,310 13,931 123,098 133,361 13,122 395,116

34,617 67,774 16,736 147,716 120,258 – 387,101

– – – –

14,875 2,191 (12,684) (12,684)

Note 7 Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents Total cash and cash equivalents

425,544 425,544

294,510 294,510

Note 8 Trade and other receivables Trade debtors GST Recoverable Tenant reimbursement outstanding Less: Provision for doubtful debts Total trade and other receivables

55,966 29,868 – (13,122) 72,712

61,908 – 7,873 – 69,781

Note 2 Revenue Revenue from Government Project revenue Grant revenue from Office of Women's Policy Total revenue from Government Other revenue Rental from leased office space Rental from room hire Other income Council grants Donations Sundry income Interest Total other revenue Total revenue

Note 6 Disposal of property, plant and equipment WDV of asset Proceeds from sales of asset Net gain/(loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment Total gain/(loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment


Note 9 Land and Buildings Land At fair value as at 30 June 2006 At independent valuation 30 June 2007 Total land Buildings At fair value as at 30 June 2006 Less: Accumulated depreciation Add Improvements to buildings At independent valuation as at 30 June 2007 Less: Accumulated depreciation Total land and buildings Note 10 Plant, equipment and furniture Office equipment and furniture at cost at beginning of year Add Additions during the year Less: Accumulated depreciation Total plant, equipment and furniture Note 11 Payables Trade creditors Accrued expenses Provision for Audit Superannuation liability for employees Net GST payable PAYG withholding Accrued salaries Accrued Fringe Benefits Tax Liabilities Accrued contractors costs Total payables Note 12 Equity and movements in equity (a) Reserves Asset revaluation reserve – balance at beginning of the year Movements Increment/(decrement) – land Increment/(decrement) – buildings Asset revaluation reserve – balance at the end of the year (b) Contributed Capital Contributed capital assets at establishment Increase during the period Contributed capital at end of the financial year (c) Accumulated surplus (deficit) Accumulated surplus/(deficit) at the beginning of the financial year Net result for the reporting period Accumulated surplus/(deficit) at the end of financial year

2007 $

2006 $

– 3,100,000 3,100,000

2,800,000 – 2,800,000

– – – –

16,905,000 (845,000) 64,178 16,124,178

13,631,000 – 13,631,000 16,731,000

– – – 18,924,178

295,670 178,727 (204,750) 269,647

295,670 – (153,829) 141,841

8,767 9,070 10,230 – – 8,394 4,550 21,220 – 62,231

4,436 16,905 – 2,896 8,200 9,385 4,385 7,965 4,605 58,777



300,000 (2,064,136) 15,416,962

– 17,181,098

3,500,000 521,455 4,021,455


(1,325,991) (466,911) (1,792,902)

(881,689) (444,302) (1,325,991)


(d) Nature and purpose of reserves Asset revaluation reserve The asset revaluation reserve is used to record increments on the revaluation of non-current assets, as described in accounting policy note 1(e).


Reconciliations Reconciliations of the carrying amount of each class of property, plant and equipment at the beginning and end of the current and previous financial year are set out below. LAND





$ 2007 Carrying amount at start of year Revaluation increment/(decrement) Additions Disposals Depreciation/amortisation expense Carrying amount at end of year

2,800,000 300,000 – – – 3,100,000

16,124,178 (2,064,136) – – (429,042) 13,631,000

141,841 – 178,727 – (50,921) 269,647

19,066,019 (1,764,136) 178,727 – (479,963) 17,000,647

2006 Carrying amount at start of year Additions Disposals Depreciation/amortisation expense Carrying amount at end of year

2,800,000 – – – 2,800,000

16,482,500 64,178 – (422,500) 16,124,178

142,428 39,615 (14,874) (25,328) 141,841

19,424,928 103,793 (14,874) 447,828) 19,066,019


Note 13 Financial instruments (a) Credit risk exposure The credit risk on financial assets of the Trust which have been recognised on the Balance Sheet is generally the carrying amount, net of any provisions for doubtful debts. (b) Interest risk exposure The Trust's exposure to interest rate risk and the effective weighted average interest rate by maturity periods is set out in the following table. Exposures arise predominantly from assets and liabilities bearing variable interest rates as the Trust intends to hold fixed rate assets and liabilities to maturity. FIXED RATE

Financial assets Cash and Deposits Receivables Provision for doubtful debts Weighted average effective interest rate

2007 $'000

2006 $'000

449 – – 449

295 – – 295

NON-INTEREST BEARING 2007 2006 $'000 $'000



2007 $'000

2006 $'000 295 70

– 86 (13) 73

– 70 – 70

449 86 (13) 522


– 62 21 83 –

– 59 5 64 –

24 62 21 107 415

– 59 5 64 301

0 - 5.5% 0 - 5.0%

Financial liabilities Bank Overdraft Trade Creditors Employee Benefits Net financial assets (liabilities)

– –

– –

– –

– –

(c) Net fair value of financial assets and liabilities The net fair value of cash and cash equivalents and non-interest bearing monetary financial assets and financial liabilities of the Trust approximates their carrying amounts. 38 : QVWC ANNUAL REPORT 2006–2007 RECOGNISING WOMEN

Note 14 Ministers and accountable officers The aggregate of income paid or payable, or otherwise made available, in respect of the financial year, to all Members of the Trust, directly or indirectly, by the Trust or by any related party was: Minister for Women's Affairs

The Hon Mary Delahunty The Hon Jacinta Allan MP

July 2006 Nov 2006

to to

Oct 2007 June 2007


Susan Brennan Helen Hewett Kay Setches Catherine Brown

July 2006 July 2006 July 2006 April 2007

to to to to

May 2007 July 2006 June 2007 June 2007


Carol Andrades Jennifer Beacham Laurie Bebbington Joan Bennett Michelle Beveridge Tamara Brezzi Maree Davidson Gaye Hamilton Barbara Jennings Jean Ker Walsh Rachel Kwei Vivienne Nguyen Lee Ward Janet Wood

July 2006 July 2006 April 2007 July 2006 May 2007 May 2007 Nov 2006 Nov 2006 July 2006 June 2007 July 2006 June 2007 July 2006 May 2007

to to to to to to to to to to to to to to

Feb 2007 Feb 2007 June 2007 Feb 2007 June 2007 June 2007 June 2007 June 2007 May 2007 June 2007 Dec 2006 June 2007 June 2007 June 2007

General Manager

Cheryl Teng

July 2006


June 2007

Remuneration Remuneration received or receivable by the Responsible Persons in connection with the management of the Trust during the reporting period was in the ranges:

$0 – $9,999 $10,000 – $19,999 $20,000 – $29,999 $30,000 – $39,999 $40,000 – $49,999 $50,000 – $59,999 $60,000 – $69,999 $70,000 – $79,999 $80,000 – $89,999 $90,000 – $99,999 Number of persons Total remuneration

2007 NO.

2006 NO.



2 1

1 18 $131,899

14 $121,680

Amounts relating to Ministers are reported in the financial statements of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Other transactions Other related transactions and loans requiring disclosure under the Directions of the Minister for Finance have been considered and there are no matters to report.


Note 15 Remuneration of auditors Audit fees paid or payable to the Victorian Auditor-General's Office for audit of the Trust's financial report Note 16 Employee benefits Provision for employee benefits Current Non-current Aggregate employee benefit liability

2007 $

2006 $



20,870 20,870

4,951 – 4,951





Employee Numbers Number of employees at end of financial year No amount is assessed for long service leave for 2007 (no amount was assessed for 2006)

Employees' Superannuation Funds Superannuation contributions for the reporting period are included as part of the salaries and associated costs in the Income statement of the Trust. The name and details of the major employee superannuation funds and contributions made by the Trust are as follows: CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE YEAR END 2007 2006 $ $ Fund ARF Superannuation Asgard Superannuation Hesta Optimum Superannuation UniSuper VicSuper Vision Super Total

2,478 4,307 17,121 – – – 957 24,863

– 747 8,518 2,244 916 2,171 – 14,596

CONTRIBUTIONS OUTSTANDING AT YEAR END 2007 2006 $ $ – (305) (1,143) – – – – 1,448)

– 610 2,286 – – – – 2,896

The bases for contributions are determined by the various schemes. The above amounts were measured as at 30 June of each year, or in the case of employer contributions they relate to the years ended 30 June.


2007 $

2006 $

Note 17 Reconciliation of result to net cash flow from operating activities Net result for the period Increase/(decrease) in depreciation Increase/(decrease) in doubtful debts Net (gain)/loss on asset disposal

(466,911) 479,963 – –

(444,302) (444,302 447,828 62,353) 12,684

Change in operating assets and liabilities (Increase)/decrease in debtors and receivables (Increase)/decrease in prepayments Increase/(decrease) in creditors and accruals Increase/(decrease) in employee benefits Increase/(decrease) in other operating liabilities

(2,931) (241,261) 3,528 15,919 –

(5,018) (767) 22,245 2,960 16,235

Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities



343,242 351,823 – 695,065

286,095 278,857 – 564,952

Note 18 Contingent liabilities and contingent assets There were no contingent liabilities or contingent assets for this financial year. Note 19 Operating lease commitments At balance date, the total revenue contracted but not yet recognised in the financial report is as follows: Operating lease commitments receivable: – No later than one year – Later than one year but no later than five years – Later than five years

ACCOUNTABLE OFFICER’S AND GENERAL MANAGER’S DECLARATION We certify that the attached financial statements for the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust have been prepared in accordance with Standing Direction 4.2 of the Financial Management Act 1994, applicable Financial Reporting Directions and Australian accounting standards. We further state that, in our opinion, the information set out in the income statement, balance sheet, statement of changes in equity, cash flow statement and notes to and forming part of the financial statements, presents fairly the financial transactions during the year ended 30 June 2007 and the financial position of the Trust as at 30 June 2007. We are not aware of any circumstance that would render any particulars included in the financial statements to be misleading or inaccurate.

Catherine Brown Chairperson Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust Level 1, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000 18 September 2007

Cheryl Teng General Manager Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust Level 1, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000 18 September 2007






QVWCT thanks all those who have given generously to the Shilling Fund in 2006-07, supporting the future of the Centre.

Thank you to the organisations and individuals who supported the Centre through in-kind donations.

Laurie Bebbington, Susan Brennan, Catherine Brown, Kester Brown, Christopher Canavan, Annette Carey, Benjamin Goodes, Suanne Hackett, Catherine Heggen, Barbara Jennings, Wendy Lewis, Kenneth Lindsay, Judy Maddigan, Audrey Martin, Robin Murphy, Lola McHarg, Shirley Philpott, Edward Philpott, Dimity Reed, Fiona Richardson, Denis Setches, Fiona Sharkie, Keith Smyth, Cheryl Teng, Mardi Trompf, Lee Ward, Bronwyn White, Nicole Wilton and Maryann Wright.

VOLUNTEERS Thank you to our volunteers who generously gave of their time and skills this year. Bec Appel, Betty Milonas, Burcu Akalanli, Candice Molnar, Candy Spender, Carol Dobson, Caroline Rook, Chris Humphries, Christina Jonsson, Clara Wanatirta, Dearne Herrenberg, Diana Nguyen, Diane Forster, Doris Ting, Ellen Yang, Emma Greenwood, Emma Ward, Fang Sun, Faye Wakefield, Felix Ho, Ferren Wang, Fiona Dyer, Geraldine Charlie, Hannah Goldstein, Jacqueline Storey, Jacquie Byron, Jennifer Patten, Jessica Fleguel, Jessica Little, Jessie Kovacevic, Jing Gu, Joan Howard, Joanne Baker, Jo-Anne Connolly Julia Mazur, Julie Dai, Kath Dolan, Laura Fleming, Lilian Tann, Livya Sentosa, Liz Cox, Lorrin Windahl, Louiseann Zahra-King, Maggie Ellis, Maggie Lu, Margaret Fleming, Marian Patterson, Maya Sugiharto, Minnie Xue, Miriam Gribble, Mona Wong, Natalie Bode, Nella Themelios, Pam Carasco, Phoebe Hammon, Pip Shea, Pollyanna Lenkic, Rachel Browne, Rachel Rosenthal, Raylee Sloane, Rebecca Sloane, Sophie Mazur, Suki Zhang, Suryani Tan, Tanja Michelle, Tashia Dixon, Tracy Baker and Zoe Jones.

GRANTS Thank you to the funding bodies who supported our Program work this year. City of Melbourne – Community Cultural Development Arts Grant Program Office for Youth – Teenagers Go For Your Life Positive Body Image Strategy City of Melbourne – City Safety Grants Victorian Multicultural Commission and Office of Women’s Policy – Women Creating Harmony Grants Program


Aesop, AFL World, Ajay’s Catering, Australian Federation of International Students, Avant Card, Bianca Durrant, Boost, Catherine Deveny, Di Bortoli Wines, Domayne, Eugene Cheah Architecture, Fenestra Theatre Productions, Fight Like a Girl, GNC, Harris Office, Julie O’Hara Band, Jwow Wine Bar, Ladies Luv Hip Hop, Liz Stringer, Matrix Yoga and Pilates, MNG, Monash University, Next Wave Festival, QV Property Management, Riot! Art and Craft, RMIT Legal Service, St Kilda Pier Restaurant, Superscreen, The Eclares, Tracy Bartram, Travellers’ Aid, Victoria Police - Crime Prevention Unit, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Victorian Women with a Disability Network, Vision Australia, Wulan Dirgantoro.

SHILLING FUND/VOX POP DVD Margaret Ann, Jo Argent, Gracia Baylor, Isabel Joy Bear, Gwen Bloomfield, Elaine Cameron, Barbara Cameron, Sal Castro, Dulcie Crawford, Diana Creightmore, Meredith Creightmore, Lyn Crosswell, Shirley Currie, Mary Delahunty, Catherine Deveny, Maryanne Dzanovski, Cassandra Fahey, Margaret Fenning, Sharon Flynn, Sarah Hartridge, Dr Kathleen Hayes, Barbara Jennings, Emily Lee-Ack, Audrey Martin, Karen Martin, Kath Montague, Dr Merrilyn Murnane, Anna Perfed, Shirley Richardson, Mavis Robertson, Glenys Romanes, Ged Ryan, Kay Setches, Shirley C. Steel, Ann Southin, Dorothy Ann Stewart, Cath Stutterheim, Diane H. Wright, Abstract in Black, Kurt Diegert, Matt Andrews, National Film & Archives and Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health

SHILLING WALL GARDEN REFERENCE GROUP Susan Brennan, Tamara Brezzi, Marg D’Arcy, Catherine Heggen, Helen Hewett, Tony Kotevski, Dimity Reed, Kay Setches and Yvonne von Hartel

SHILLING WALL GARDEN PROJECT Cassandra Fahey, Cassandra Complex Architect and Designer, Shilling Wall Cath Stutterheim, Kirsten Bauer, Stuart Pope, ASPECT Studios Landscape Architect, Shilling Wall Gardens project


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QV Women's Centre Annual Report 2006-2007  
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QV Women's Centre Annual Report 2006-2007