YWCA is active in 125 countries and impacts the lives of an estimated 25 million people in more than 22,000 communities around the world

YWCA Queensland is a vibrant, progressive women’s organisation with a vision to empower women and girls to ‘find their possible’ across three cornerstones of empowerment: Leadership, Economic Participation and Safety and Wellbeing.

We have been supporting Queensland women and girls since 1888. We are proudly part of the World YWCA, one of the world’s leading women-powered organisations. The World YWCA is a global membership movement of women who have been leading social, political and economic change for more than 150 years. 
YWCA Queensland is a membership organisation, and through our members we seek to create a community of women who share our values of equality and social justice. Our Board of Directors is elected by and from our membership.

Men are included in many of our programs, and in our staff team, and their involvement is welcomed and valued. An inclusive organisation, YWCA Queensland is strengthened by the diversity of its members, its staff and volunteers, and the people it serves.

YWCAs in Australia are merging

'YWCAs across Australia are working together to explore the possibility of becoming a single, unified entity, focusing on national scale but retaining a local focus to ensure Australia’s diverse communities of women continue to be well-served.

The potential new YWCA will focus on shared impact programs across Australia with advocacy for gender equality, young women's leadership, women's housing & homelessness services and respectful relationship education programs as their core focus.'




The first YWCA was established by a small group of London women in 1855, in response to the needs of young women of the Industrial Age for safe housing, skills development, guidance on life choices and the fellowship of other women. Interestingly, much of our work today responds to the very same needs.

In Queensland, YWCA Queensland began in 1888 in Rockhampton and we have been actively serving the needs of the Queensland community ever since.

The modern YWCA is nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and now sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. We are here for women and men of all faiths, backgrounds and ages.

In 2011, three YWCAs amalgamated to form YWCA Queensland. These were YWCA Queenslands of Brisbane, Townsville, and Downs and SW Queensland (based in Toowoomba), each of which had been active in the Queensland community for generations.


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YWCA Queensland Leadership Team 

YWCA has a great team of dedicated professionals. Meet the amazing women who tirelessly work to make a difference and lead YWCA Queensland  

Kate Tully

Ailsa Leacy
General Manager

YWCA Queensland Board 2016

Board of Directors 

YWCA Queensland is governed by a volunteer board whose members believe strongly in best practice, transparent leadership and good governance and who uphold the World YWCA Standards of Good Management and Accountability.

As we have a special focus on fostering the development of young women’s leadership, we aim to have 30% of our board positions held by women under 30.

Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, AD, CVO YWCA Queensland Patron

Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, AD, CVO

YWCA Queensland Patron

Denise Morton      Chair  

Denise Morton     



Isabelle  Chassin   Director

Isabelle  Chassin  


Kirsty Rourke Director  

Kirsty Rourke



Jodie Knowlton Director

Jodie Knowlton


Lara Rush Director

Lara Rush


Julie Boyd Director

Julie Boyd


Alanna Ball Board Intern 2017

Alanna Ball

Board Intern 2017





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182 Melbourne Street
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

Ph 07 3230 3400
Fax 07 3839 4335




112 Mary Street
East Toowoomba QLD 4350

Ph: 07 3230 3410
Fax: 07 4632 5433



162 Denham Street
Townsville QLD 4810
Ph: 07 3230 3461



125 Robinson Street
North Rockhampton QLD 4701
Ph: 07 3230 3451
Fax:  07 4928 0856


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Career Opportunities 

There are no current job opportunities but we are always in the lookout for good people so if you would lie to email your cv for our filesplease do so here.then it emails to info@yq.org.au