The Commonwealth took responsibility for a uniform Australian marriage law, with the enactment of the Marriage Act 1961 (previously State laws were all different). The Marriage Act also enabled civil celebrants to conduct marriage ceremonies.
- 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