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.
- 50/50 Vision: Councils for Gender Equity national accreditation and awards program which encourages councils across Australia to address gender equity issues within the organisation and among their elected representatives
- The Case for Women in Local Government 50/50 Vision
- Office of Local Government Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
- South Australia's Strategic Plan Target 29
- Joy Baluch Award for Women in Local Government (LGA SA) recognises of the contribution of women to Local Government
- Local Government Association of South Australia
- Australian Local Government Women's Association