Help us shape the future of
victim-survivors and the workers
who support them


Membership 2022-23 

As the women’s specialist services peak body, WESNET (Women’s Services Network) provides national representation for over 350 specialist women's domestic and family violence services across Australia. For more than thirty years, we have provided strong and connected grassroots help for women experiencing domestic and family violence, and for the services that support them.

We work collaboratively with our member network to provide direct relief to those impacted by gender-based violence and provide support to frontline workers through our project initiatives and training. And our policy and research work speaks to governments and the community, and helps ensure evidence-based policy and practice.  If you’re an organisation providing services to women experiencing domestic and family violence or other forms of gender based violence, or you’re an allied service, then consider becoming a member of the national peak body for specialist women’s DFV services.

Membership is open to Women’s Services in Australia which support WESNET’s Vision and Purpose. 

Membership benefits 

Some benefits are:

Priority access to WESNET direct relief programs*
NEW! Access to WESNET Grant Search -  a custom-built platform listing all government and philanthropic grant opportunities tailored to the women’s and community sectors
Discounts for practitioner Tech Safety training webinars
and resources
Reduced fees for training and events
Member only email updates on sector development
Pilot training access to new services and projects

Access to WESNET direct relief programs: WESNET members can access the Uber-partnered WESNET Rides program, and join the waiting list for the Telstra-partnered Safe Connections program (the program is currently at capacity). WESNET direct relief programs are offered to services on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to the equitable distribution of program resources, the organisation’s programs and service delivery model, the demonstrated need, and the organisation’s capacity to deliver the program safely.

Fees for 2022-23

Fees are based on your organisation's annual revenue. Please select the appropriate option. 

All Prices are GST Inclusive

Small

$172

Annual Revenue 
less than $500,000

Medium

$452

Annual Revenue $500k-$2M

Large

$678

Annual Revenue $2M-$10M

Extra Large

$914

Annual Revenue
over $10M


Membership Types 

Full Membership

Specialist Women’s Service organisations and programs providing frontline support to women and children victim-survivors of DFV, IPV or other forms of gender based violence against women, which are managed by women and operate with a gendered analysis. 
Typically, WESNET's Full Members include some or all of the following: women’s refuges, shelters, safe houses and information/referral services. 
Full Members can vote and nominate for board positions. One vote per organisation.

Associate Membership

For organisations and programs providing frontline support to women and children victim-survivors of DFV, IPV or other forms of gender based violence against women, or allied with the Specialist Women’s Sector. 
Typically, WESNET's Associate Members include some or all of the following: women’s health services, women’s legal services, community and neighbourhood centres, counselling services, or other services targeted specifically to First Nations women, migrant and refugee women, women with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Associate Members cannot vote or nominate for board positions. 

All membership applications are considered by the WESNET Board which meets bi-monthly. 



Our Vision: A future where all women and children live free of domestic and family violence and its consequences.

WESNET’s principal purpose is to ameliorate and prevent suffering and distress experienced by Women and children affected by DFV, IPV and other forms of GBV. It does this as Australia’s national peak body for Women’s Services. It achieves this through the following activities, among others, intended to further its principal purpose:

(a) providing material relief to Women and children experiencing DFV, IPV and other forms of GBV;
(b) providing educational resources and advice for Women and children to increase their safety;
(c) providing educational resources, training and information to Women’s Services and other service providers, in order to build the capacity of Women’s Services and system responses to enable them to ameliorate the harm and suffering of DFV, IPV and other forms of GBV;
(d) working to highlight the structural drivers of DFV, IPV and other forms of GBV, and effective prevention strategies, via advice on policy, legislative and programmatic responses;
(e) promoting the participation of people with lived experience to foster improvement of service delivery, and the development of research, debate and education about DFV, IPV and other forms of GBV;
(f) promoting and fostering co-operation, collaboration and communication within and between Women’s Services and other service providers supporting Women and children experiencing DFV, IPV and other forms of GBV; and
(g) doing all other things which are necessary or expedient to further the Purpose.

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