List of female cabinet ministers of Australia

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     denotes the first female minister of that particular department.

Minister Position Year Appointed Administration
Government
Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Australia 2010 -
Julia Gillard Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 2007 Kevin Rudd
Minister for the Arts
Ros Kelly Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and Territories 1990 Bob Hawke
Wendy Fatin Minister for Culture, Territories and Women 1991
Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 2004 John Howard
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 2004 John Howard
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Penny Wong Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2007 Julia Gillard
Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs
Jeannette McHugh Minister for Consumer Affairs 1992 Paul Keating
Minister for Defence Materiel
Ros Kelly Minister for Defence Personnel 1987 Bob Hawke
Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 1996 John Howard
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Amanda Vanstone Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations 1996 John Howard
Minister for Employment Participation
Fran Bailey Minister for Employment Services 2004 John Howard
Sharman Stone Minister for Workforce Participation 2006 John Howard
Kate Ellis Minister for of Employment Participation and Childcare 2010
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Rosemary Crowley Minister for Family Services 1993 Paul Keating
Judi Moylan Minister for Family Services 1996 John Howard
Amanda Vanstone Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2001 John Howard
Kay Patterson Minister for Family and Community Services 2003 John Howard
Jenny Macklin Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2007
Minister for Finance and Deregulation
Margaret Guilfoyle Minister for Finance 1980 Malcolm Fraser
Penny Wong Minister for Finance 2010
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julie Bishop Minister for Foreign Affairs 2013 Tony Abbott
Minister for Home Affairs
Ros Kelly Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and Territories 1990 Bob Hawke
Wendy Fatin Minister for Culture, Territories and Women 1991
Ros Kelly Minister for Sport, Environment and Territories 1993 Paul Keating
Minister for Human Services
Margaret Guilfoyle Minister for Social Affairs 1975 Malcolm Fraser
Carmen Lawrence Minister for Human Services and Health 1994 Paul Keating
Jocelyn Newman Minister for Social Security 1996 John Howard
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Human Services 2007
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Amanda Vanstone Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs 2003 John Howard
Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Ros Kelly Minister for Industry and Science 1987 Bob Hawke
Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 1996 John Howard
Julie Bishop Minister for Education, Science and Training 2006 John Howard
Minister for Justice
Amanda Vanstone Minister for Justice and Customs 1997 John Howard
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
Margaret Reynolds Minister for Local Government 1988 Bob Hawke
Wendy Fatin Minister for Local Government 1990 Bob Hawke
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Carmen Lawrence Minister for Human Services and Health 1994 Paul Keating
Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care 1998 John Howard
Julie Bishop Minister for Aged Care 2003 John Howard
Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing 2001 John Howard
Nicola Roxon Minister for Health and Ageing 2007
Justine Elliot Minister of Ageing 2007
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Ageing 2011 Julia Gillard
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Kate Lundy Minister for Multicultural Affairs 2012 Julia Gillard
Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasure
Helen Coonan Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasure 2001 John Howard
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness
Annabelle Rankin Minister for Social Housing 1966 Harold Holt
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Housing 2010
Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
Margaret Guilfoyle Minister for Education 1975 Malcolm Fraser
Julie Bishop Minister for Education, Science and Training 2006 John Howard
Susan Ryan Minister for Education and Youth 1983 Bob Hawke
Kate Ellis Minister for Sport and Youth 2007 Kevin Rudd
Minister for Small Business
Fran Bailey Minister for Small Business and Tourism 2004 John Howard
Minister for Sport
Ros Kelly Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and Territories 1990 Bob Hawke
Ros Kelly Minister for Sport, Environment and Territories 1993 Paul Keating
Jackie Kelly Minister for Sport and Tourism 1998 John Howard
Kate Ellis Minister for Sport and Youth 2007 Kevin Rudd
Kate Lundy Minister for Sport 2012 Julia Gillard
Minister for Telecommunication and Aviation Support
Ros Kelly Minister for Telecommunication and Aviation Support 1988 Bob Hawke
Minister for Tourism
Ros Kelly Minister for Tourism 1990 Bob Hawke
Jackie Kelly Minister for Sport and Tourism 1998 John Howard
Fran Bailey Minister for Small Business and Tourism 2004 John Howard
Minister for the Status of Women
Susan Ryan Minister for the Status of Women 1983 Bob Hawke
Margaret Reynolds Minister for the Status of Women 1987 Bob Hawke
Wendy Fatin Minister for the Status of Women 1990 Bob Hawke
Ros Kelly Minister for the Status of Women 1993 Paul Keating
Rosemary Crowley Minister for the Status of Women 1993 Paul Keating
Carmen Lawrence Minister for the Status of Women 1994 Paul Keating
Jocelyn Newman Minister for the Status of Women 1996 John Howard
Judi Moylan Minister for the Status of Women 1997 John Howard
Jocelyn Newman Minister for the Status of Women 1998 John Howard
Amanda Vanstone Minister for the Status of Women 2001 John Howard
Kay Patterson Minister for the Status of Women 2003 John Howard
Tanya Plibersek Minister for the Status of Women 2007 Kevin Rudd
Kate Ellis Minister for the Status of Women 2010
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Ros Kelly Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and Territories 1990 Bob Hawke
Wendy Fatin Minister for Culture, Territories and Women 1991
Ros Kelly Minister for Sport, Environment and Territories 1993 Paul Keating
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Danna Vale Minister for Veterans' Affairs 2001 John Howard
De-Anne Kelly Minister for Veterans' Affairs 2004 John Howard
Special Minister of State
Susan Ryan Special Minister of State 1987 Bob Hawke
Minister without Portfolio
Enid Lyons Vice-President of the Executive Council 1949 Robert Menzies

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