Australian War Widows (Queensland)


The Australian War Widows (Queensland) was established in 1947. It is a Not for Profit (NFP) public benevolent institution with deductible gift recipient status.

Aims of the Australian War Widows

The aims of the Australian War Widows are to protect the interests of war widows and provide friendship and comfort to those in similar circumstances, particularly in their time of loss of a partner.


Members needs are our priority. Active participation is encouraged, through vitality to enjoy life. War widows are from all walks of life with a common bond.


Membership is open to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) designated war widows which means that the death of their husband or partner has been accepted as due to war causes. (see Membership Application

Remarried war widows, Defence Service widows and war widows recognized by allied countries are also eligible for membership. War Widowers who fall into any of these categories are also eligible for membership.

Associate Membership has been introduced for members of the wider community whose interests are in accordance with the aims and objects of the Australian War Widows (Queensland). (see Associate membership Application)

Activities and Services

The Australian War Widows provides:-

  • Younger War Widow - her story
  • Year in Review
  • Welfare support, advice and referrals
  • Help, friendship and understanding
  • Commemorations
  • Advocacy and representation for members
  • Social functions
  • Tours and Shows
  • Quarterly Bulletin magazine, published March, June, September & December 
  • Bridge
  • Community Services Officer to access services as required -
  • Rental Units in and around Brisbane - The Queensland Vasey Housing 
  • Sunshine Coast holiday apartments - Centrepoint Caloundra
Sub-Branches and Social Groups

There are 18 Sub Branches throughout the State and 9 Social Groups in and around Brisbane. These groups are always happy to welcome new members. Click on Sub Branches for a full list of locations.

The rules – the Constitution

The Australian War Widows (Queensland) has a Constitution which sets down how it will operate as an organisation.  Members agree to be bound by the rules when they join.  A copy of the Constitution may be obtained from  office.