Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 1: Electoral representation

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In 1902, women in NSW first gained the right to vote in both state and Australian elections, and to stand for election for the Australian Parliament. Women in NSW won the right to stand for election to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1918. It took a further eight years for women to be able to stand for election to the NSW Legislative Council (1926). Women have continued to be in the minority at all levels of government, despite these rights.

Since the publication of Women in NSW 2012, local government elections were held throughout NSW on 8 September 2012, and there have been two State Government by-elections which have changed the gender composition of the NSW Legislative Assembly.

Indicator 1.1 examines the gender split among candidates at the 2012 local government elections, while indicator 1.2 reports on the percentage of women who were actually elected to local government in 2012. Indicator 1.2 also notes the impact of recent NSW by-elections on the gender composition of the NSW Legislative Assembly.