NSW Council for Women's Economic Opportunity

The NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity contributes to the implementation of the NSW Women's Strategy by providing specialist advice to the NSW Government. 

Established in February 2012, the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity provides specialist advice to improve women’s financial wellbeing and security, and support diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women and girls.

The council's advice contributes to the implementation of the NSW Women's Strategy 2018 - 2022.

The council is made up of experts from business, industry, non-government organisations, and government. The Hon. Bronnie Taylor, MLC, oversees the council in her capacity of Minister for Women. Women NSW, Department of Communities and Justice, provides the secretariat for the council.

For more information, contact nswcweo@facs.nsw.gov.au.

NSW Council for Women's Economic Opportunity

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Current council members

Jillian Kilby
Jillian Kilby, NSW/ACT AgriFutures Rural Woman of the Year in 2018, has a keen interest in contributing and sharing her information and expertise across government, industry and the community.
Kristal Kinsela

Kristal Kinsela has more than 16 years’ experience in education and training, organisational and workforce development, and supplier diversity working across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Danica Leys
Danica is the CEO of the Country Women’s Association of NSW. Danica has extensive experience working in and for the regions, having previously held senior policy and legal roles.
CWEO member Sally Loane

Sally Loane is a non-executive company director and sits on several boards in the government, private company and charity sectors.

Bobbi Mahlab AM

Bobbi Mahlab AM is an entrepreneur, board member, investor, and philanthropist. 

Jo Palmer
The Rock-based entrepreneur Jo Palmer is motivated by the social and economic benefits that remote work provides for marginalised sections of the community.
Amanda Rose
Amanda Rose is a pioneer for women in business in Australia. She is committed to the prosperity of Western Sydney, and particularly to helping Western Sydney businesswomen grow and flourish.
Violet Roumeliotis AM

Violet Roumeliotis AM is a social entrepreneur who champions the strengths of our diverse communities and is committed to take a leadership and pioneering role to elevate reconciliation. 

Taleen Shamlian
Taleen Shamlian has been reappointed to CWEO following her original appointment in 2018. Taleen was instrumental in advising on the NSW Government’s Women’s Financial Wellbeing Toolkit.

Current ex-officio members

Simone Walker, Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Policy and Commissioning, Department of Communities and Justice

Kate Lorimer-Ward, Deputy Director General, Department of Primary Industries

Tanya Smyth, Director, Women NSW.

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