1994 in Australia
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|1994 in Australia|
|Prime Minister||Paul Keating|
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Premiers and Chief Ministers
- Premier of New South Wales – John Fahey
- Premier of Queensland – Wayne Goss
- Premier of South Australia – Dean Brown
- Premier of Tasmania – Ray Groom
- Premier of Victoria – Jeff Kennett
- Premier of Western Australia – Richard Court
- Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory – Rosemary Follett
- Chief Minister of the Northern Territory – Marshall Perron
Governors and Administrators
- Governor of New South Wales – Peter Sinclair
- Governor of Queensland – Leneen Forde
- Governor of South Australia – Dame Roma Mitchell
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir Phillip Bennett
- Governor of Victoria – Richard McGarvie
- Governor of Western Australia – Michael Jeffery
- Administrator of the Northern Territory – Austin Asche
- Administrator of Norfolk Island – Alan Gardner Kerr
- 2 to 15 January – Major bushfires devastate coastal New South Wales—four people are killed and over 300 homes are lost.
- 17 January - Bronwyn Bishop was appointed to the Coalition Shadow Cabinet Ministry tonight. 
- 26 January – Student David Kang fires two blank shots from a starting pistol at Prince Charles in Sydney, Australia.
- 27 February – Ros Kelly resigns as Minister for Sports and the Environment over the "sports rorts affair".
- 4 March - Australia handed over to Spanish authorities documents seeking the extradition of Christopher Skase, who had been held in a hospital on the Spanish island of Majorca since January. 
- 26 March - Bronwyn Bishop won the Mackellar bi-election in New South Wales. 
- 23 May – John Hewson is replaced as Leader of the Opposition by Alexander Downer.
- 15 July - Former Western Australian Premier Brian Burke sentenced to eight months jail.
- 25 July – Telephone numbers in Australia begin transitioning to eight digits. Mona Vale in Sydney is the first suburb to change to the new numbers.
- August – Wollemia nobilis, a "fossil tree", is discovered by bushwalker David Noble only 150 km from Sydney.
- 5 September – New South Wales state MP John Newman is shot outside his home, in Australia's first political assassination since 1977.
- 4 November – Sydney's third runway opens, ensuring protests about noise levels.
- 2 December – The Australian government agrees to pay reparations to aborigines that were displaced during the nuclear tests in 1950s and 1960s.
- 17 December -A Spanish court overturned Christopher Skase's extradition from Spain.
Arts and literature
- 18 January – Blue Heelers premieres on Channel 7.
- 28 April – The Tasmanian television market is aggregated, with TasTV (now WIN Television) taking a Nine Network affiliation and Southern Cross taking a dual Seven and Ten affiliation.
- 21 July – Mother and Son finale airs. (1984–1994)
- Hey Dad...! hosts its final original episode (1984–1994)
- A Country Practice (1981–1993 on Channel 7) revival attempt on Channel 10 backfires.
- 9 February – Twenty minute quarters and the "final 8" are introduced in the AFL.
- February – Australia takes its first Winter Olympic medal when the Australian short track speed skating team wins bronze in the 5000m relay at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
- 2 March – Rumours of a breakway competition reported after relations deteriorate between the Brisbane Broncos & the NSWRL
- 10 March – First day of the Australian Track & Field Championships for the 1993–1994 season, which are held at the Sydney Athletic Field in Sydney. The combined events championships were conducted in Canberra on 17 and 18 March 1994.
- 1 May – Adelaide City become NSL Champions for the third time, defeating a Mark Viduka inspired Melbourne Knights at Olympic Park.
- 23 May – Queensland stage heart-stopping fightback in the last five minutes of the 1994 State of Origin series' 1st game. After coming from 12–4 down, winger Mark Coyne scores match-winner in final minute.
- 8 June – 87,161 people-an Australian rugby league record-turn out at the MCG for State of Origin II. NSW win 14–0.
- 17 July – Michael Dalton wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:16:17 in Brisbane, while Joanne Cowan claims the women's title in 2:45:35.
- 26 July – NSWRL general manager John Ribot concedes a privately run competition is feasible as news of a "Super League" competition surfaces.
- 24 September – West Coast Eagles (20.20.143) defeated Geelong (8.15.63) to win the 98th AFL premiership.
- 25 September – Canberra captain & rugby league legend Mal Meninga ends club career on winning note when he leads Canberra to a comprehensive 36–12 defeat of Canterbury Bulldogs in the NSWRL Grand Final. His playing career would finish two months later when he led the Kanagroos on a successful tour of Great Britain & France.
- 20 October – ARL chairman Ken Arthurson warns the Broncos that they face expulsion over their involvement with Super League
- 21 January – Laura Robson, tennis player
- 7 April – Viktorija Rajicic, tennis player
- 17 June – Jiordan Anna Tolli, actor
- 24 June – Tory Green, actor
- 6 July – Scott James, Olympic snowboarder
- 16 September – Maddison Gabriel, model
- 18 October – Morgan Featherstone, fashion model
- 16 January – Jack Metcalfe, 81, track and field athlete
- 14 May – Leonard Teale, 71, actor
- 28 May – Sir Charles Spry, 83, Director-General of ASIO (1950–1970)
- "Bishop on Front Bench" The Courier-Mail, 18 January, 1994, p.1
- Benns, Matthew: Man who shot at Prince Charles becomes barrister, The Age, 6 February 2005.
- Ward, Ian (December 1994). "Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 1994". Australian Journal of Politics and History 40 (3): 381. ISSN 0004-9522.
- "Documents for Skase Lodged" The Courier-Mail, 4 March 1994, p.2
- "Path Clear for Bishop to Act", The Courier-Mail, 27 March, 1994, p.11
- Carney, Shaun: The Latham weapon: ambition, The Age, 27 March 2004.
- "Burke Starts Two-Year Jail Term", The Courier Mail 16 July, 1994, p.1
- The Wollemi Pine – a very rare discovery, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW.
- Death Of John Paul Newman, Member For Cabramatta, Parliament of New South Wales, 13 September 1994.
- "Skase to Go Free", Courier-Mail 17 December, 1994, p.1