In January 2000, two female graduates of the University of New South Wales, Jessica Dempsey and Jill Rathbourne, became the first female Australian scientists to work at the South Pole.
- 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