1976 in Australia

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1976 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General John Kerr
Prime minister Malcolm Fraser
Population 13,892,995
Elections NSW, VIC, TAS

Years in Australia: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979



  • 5 January Family Law Act comes into effect, Elizabeth evatt is sworn in as first Chief justice of the Family Court of Australia.
  • 1 May – Neville Wran Becomes NSW Premier
  • 1 September - Cigarette + Tobacco advertising banned on TV + Radio
  • 30 September – Blue Hills, the long running ABC radio serial, comes to an end after 32 years
  • 4 December – The Royal Australian Navy's fleet of Grumman Tracker aircraft is destroyed by arson at Nowra, New South Wales
  • Edward (Weary) Dunlop is announced as Australian of the Year
  • Mining on Fraser Island ends.
  • Random Breath Testing introduced in Victoria

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Nine Network soap operas The Young Doctors and The Sullivans both begin on air in November.