The Public Service Act 1902 explicitly required women to resign upon marriage, but allowed for equal pay. Shortly after Federation, the open competitive examinations leading to appointment directly into clerical and administrative positions in the Australian Public Service were closed to women.
- Ayor Makur Chuot is elected to be Australia’s first South Sudanese MP
- Nyadol Nyuon becomes the first African Australian woman to be appointed the chairperson of a national multicultural peak body in Australia
- June Oscar AO becomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
- Women’s March
- Fiona Simson elected first female president of National Farmers Federation