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Australia signs the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
17 July 1980 - 1980
The first draft of the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 (Cth) is introduced into the Senate by the Government.
2/7/1983 - 1983
The Sex Discrimination Bill passes the Senate.
16 December 1983 - 1983
The Sex Discrimination Bill receives royal assent.
21 March 1984 - 1984
The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) comes into effect. The position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner in created by the SDA. Pam O'Neil is appointed as the first Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
1 August 1984 - 1984
Australia ratifies the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
15 July 1985 - 1985
Quentin Bryce is appointed as Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
The SDA is amended to extend the prohibition of sexual harassment
16 December 1992 - 1992
Sue Walpole is appointed as Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
The SDA is amended to incorporate a preamble that recognises the need to prohibit discrimination and a statement on equality
Moira Scollay is appointed as Acting Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Susan Halliday is appointed as Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Pru Goward is appointed as Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
The Hon. John von Doussa is appointed as acting Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Elizabeth Broderick is appointed as Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
The SDA turns 25
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