Leadership and Participation
South Australia has always been a progressive State and was the first colony in Australia and the fourth place in the world where women gained the vote. In 1894 when all adult women were given the right to vote, there was no restriction by age or marital status unlike other countries where women had the vote. In fact, since 1861, women who owned property and paid council rates had the right to vote in local council elections. Women were also given the right to stand for Parliament in 1895, the first place in the world.
Building on this strong history, the South Australian Government is committed to enabling women to reach their potential as leaders in every field while recognising, honouring and celebrating the achievements of our women leaders.
- Boards and Committees
- Premier's Women's Directory
- Professional Networks for Women
- Women in Local Government
- Celebrating Women's Achievements in South Australia - Awards and Honours
- RIRDC Rural Women's Awards
- Women in Parliament and Politics Australian Parliamentary Library
- Women influencing Agribusiness and Regions Department of Primary Industries and Regions
- Gender Equality in Leadership in the Public Sector Office for the Public Sector
- Women in Sport Office for Recreation and Sport
- Useful links