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Office for Women

Local Government

Recognising the importance of women as decision makers and leaders at all levels, the State Government has included a target in South Australia's Strategic Plan to increase the percentage of women nominating to stand in Local, State and Federal Government elections to 50% (target 29).

Susan Grace Benny was Australia's first woman politician in elected office, becoming a member of SA's Brighton Council (now Holdfast Bay) in late 1919 - only weeks after Nancy Astor's celebrated election to the British Parliament.

At the most recent elections in 2014 a record percentage of women stood for and were elected to local government:

  • 28.5 per cent of nominees were women;
  • 205 women have been elected out of 702 positions; 29.02 per cent of Councillors are now women.

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