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.'

Participating YWCA organisations in Australia are committed to achieving a national merger by mid-2018. For news, updates and FAQ’s regarding the National Merger Project, visit the National Merger Project website




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  

Mandy Ritchie   General Manager

Mandy Ritchie

General Manager

Mariejan Bigby   Finance & Business Manager

Mariejan Bigby

Finance & Business Manager

Sandra Hirsch   People & Performance Manager

Sandra Hirsch

People & Performance Manager

Liza Hood   Educational Officer

Liza Hood

Educational Officer

Kylie Elisaia   Community Services Manager

Kylie Elisaia

Community Services 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     



Kirsty Rourke   Director   

Kirsty Rourke



Jodie Knowlton   Director

Jodie Knowlton


Isabelle  Chassin     Director

Isabelle  Chassin  


Lara Rush   Director

Lara Rush


Bianca Goebel   Director

Bianca Goebel


Kym Murphy   Director

Kym Murphy


Kate Tully   Secretary

Kate Tully



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182 Melbourne Street
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

Ph 07 3230 3400
Fax 07 3839 4335

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm




112 Mary Street
East Toowoomba QLD 4350

Ph: 07 3230 3410
Fax: 07 4632 5433

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm



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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YWCA Queensland Careers

Join Us and Find your Possible!

We are a dynamic, growing not-for-profit organisation offering valuable opportunities to make a real difference to the local community while working in a supportive, participative and inclusive environment.

Why work for us?

  • Great salary packaging benefits that increase your take home pay
  • Staff benefits including professional development opportunities, regular recognition and reward 
  • Make a difference to the lives of QLD women and girls

We value and seek to employ both women and men who are committed to gender equality, service excellence and who support our vision and goals.

YWCA Queensland is an incredibly supportive organisation, committed to both their clients and staff. The leadership team are dedicated and hard working and I really enjoy the opportunity to contribute back to my community.
— Brisbane staff member
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