Almost 4.8 million women were in some form of paid employment.
1895: Women vote for the first time in an Australian election (South Australia)
1902: Commonwealth Franchise Act passed, enabling all women (with the exception of Aboriginal women in some states) to stand for federal parliament and vote in federal elections.
1947: Jessie Street appointed as the Australian representative to the newly established United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
1966: Bar on married women as permanent employees in the federal public service abolished
1969: Equal pay determination by the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission introduces the principle of ‘equal pay for work of equal value’
1984: Federal Sex Discrimination Act passed, to implement the UN Convention domestically
1988: Prime Minister launches the first National Agenda for Women, based on the UN Nairobi Forward-Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women
1989: Rosemary Follett becomes the first female head of a government in Australia when she is elected Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
1992: Justice Elizabeth Evatt, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, becomes the first Australian elected to the UN Human Rights Committee
1999: Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act introduced into parliament on 22 September, replacing the Affirmative Action Act 1986