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|1978 in Australia|
|Governor-General||Sir Zelman Cowen|
|Prime minister||Malcolm Fraser|
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Governor General – Sir Zelman Cowen
- Prime Minister – Malcolm Fraser
- Chief Justice – Sir Garfield Barwick
- Premier of New South Wales – Neville Wran
- Premier of South Australia – Don Dunstan
- Premier of Queensland – Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of Tasmania – Doug Lowe
- Premier of Western Australia – Sir Charles Court
- Premier of Victoria – Rupert Hamer
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Roden Cutler
- Governor of Queensland – Sir James Ramsay
- Governor of South Australia – Sir Keith Seaman
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir Stanley Burbury
- Governor of Victoria – Sir Henry Winneke
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir Wallace Kyle
- 1 January –
- Another Vietnamese refugee boat arrives at night, from a camp off the Malaysian coast.
- The Festival of Sydney begins.
- A jail warder, Victor Sullivan is struck on the head by a prisoner at Parramatta Jail.
- 2 January – Senator Neville Bonner attacks the Queensland Government over delays in its housing reconstruction programme for Mornington Island, which was ravaged by Cyclone Ted more than a year ago.
- 3 January –
- Bela Csidei, a prominent Sydney businessman, is alleged in the Darwin Magistrates' Court to have been involved in growing marijuana in the Northern Territory.
- Acting Health Minister Mr McLeay reiterates the Federal Government's election promise to keep the Medibank levy and ceiling at the same level for the next six months.
- Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen announces that he will ask churches throughout Queensland to hold a day of prayer for rain, suggesting a date of January 15.
- 4 January –
- The Australian dollar is devalued from 89.4 to 89.2 due to a drop in the US dollar to bring the effect devaluation since November 1976 to 15.3%.
- Acting Prime Minister Doug Anthony announces that the Federal Government knew that Arab nations operated a blacklist for more than 20 years and that some Australian companies were on it, but that the Government had never been told officially that certain companies were being boycotted.
- 5 January –
- Corrective Services Commissioner, W. McGeechan, talks 120 maximum security prisoners back into their cells after a 5-hour protest sit-in at Parramatta jail.
- Aboriginal Senator Neville Bonner makes a complaint to the Queensland State Licensing Commission about the Mount Isa hotel which refused him service on Boxing Day.
- Immigration and Ethnic Affairs Minister Michael MacKellar reverses a department decision thereby allowing a Uruguayan woman to join her widowed brother, Ruben Molina, in Sydney.
- 18 January – New South Wales Premier Neville Wran meets with prison union officials about their demand that Bathurst Jail be reopened to relieve over crowding and staff shortages in other prisons.
- 13 February – Terrorism arrives in Australia for the very first time with the Sydney Hilton bombing killing 3 people and injuring 11 others.
- 14 March – Stephen Matthews, aged 20, swept from the Natural Bridge off Albany, by a King Wave. Rescued by whale ship, the Cheynes II. First recorded survival of someone swept into the sea at The Gap and Natural Bridge.
- 30 March – Commonwealth Police (Federal Police) begin arresting 180 Greek-Australians said to be involved in a conspiracy to defraud the Department Of Social Security.
- 24 June – The inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, a gay rights march is held in Oxford Street, Sydney to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.
- 25 June – Trudie Adams disappears from the Surf Life Saving Club in Newport, New South Wales.
- 29 June - Lisa Nicole Briggs was birthed by goddess Lorna at the Base Hospital, Wodonga VIC Australia. She is famous in small circles only for her love of craft beers, and regularly boasts of quality wine purchased for under $10. Regularly hacks Google maps. Lawn Porn advocate. Predominately recognised for fear of large moths, genetic disposition for not suffering fools, and excessive swearing.
- 25 August – Michelle Pope and Stephen Lapthorne disappear. Still missing as of 3 August 2015[update].
- 7 October – The ALP government of Neville Wran is re-elected with a massively increased majority, leading to his win being dubbed as a "Wranslide".
- 8 October – Australia's Ken Warby sets the world water speed record to 510 km/h (317.60 mph) at Blowering Dam, New South Wales.
- 21 October - Cessna pilot Frederick Valentich disappears while flying over Bass Strait.
- 21 November – Last day of commercial whaling in Australia. No sperm whales caught that day by the chaser ships (Cheynes II, III and IV) operated by the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company at Albany, Western Australia. The last whale caught by an Australian whaling company was the day before, 20 November.
Arts and literature
- Brett Whiteley wins the Archibald Prize with Art, Life and the other thing
- Jessica Anderson's novel Tirra Lirra By the River wins the Miles Franklin Award
- Helen Garner becomes the first woman to win the National Book Council Award for her novel Monkey Grip, selected as Book of the Year.
- 6 May – Melbourne and St Kilda set a still-standing record VFL/AFL aggregate score of 52.33 (345)
- 1 July – Footscray kick a record VFL score of 33.15 (213) beating the previous record by three points. Kelvin Templeton and Ian Dunstan combine for 22 of the 33 goals.
- 6 August – James Langford wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:19:29 in Caboolture.
- 19 September – After a controversial NSWRL finals series with two draws, Manly thrash Cronulla 16–0 to win their fourth premiership with Graham Eadie dominating.
- 30 September – Hawthorn 18.13 (121) defeats North Melbourne 15.13 (103) for its fourth VFL premiership.
- Arwon wins the Melbourne Cup
- Western Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
- Apollo wins the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- 4 January – Paul Licuria, Australian rules footballer
- 14 January – James Mathison, TV host
- 25 January – Jason Johnson, Australian rules footballer
- 1 February – Tim Harding, singer (Hi 5)
- 7 February – Frank Drmic, basketball player
- 8 February – Mick de Brenni, politician
- 1 March – Gavin Woods, water polo player
- 14 March – Karyne Di Marco, hammer thrower
- 18 March – Brooke Hanson, swimmer
- 4 April – Sam Moran, singer (The Wiggles)
- 18 April – Matthew Lloyd, footballer and coach
- 30 June – Ben Cousins, AFL Footballer
- 8 August – Kate Ritchie, actress, radio & television personality
- 16 August – Ben Galea, rugby player
- 18 September – Melanie Gibbons, politician
- 20 September – Scott Minto, rugby league player
- 22 September – Harry Kewell, soccer player
- 25 October – Matt Shirvington, track and field athlete
- 22 November – Steven King, plays with Geelong Football Club
- Fiona McFarlane - author
- 9 January – Eddie Gilbert, (born 1905), Queensland cricketer
- 14 May – Robert Menzies (born 1894), Prime Minister of Australia
- 27 July – Robert Heffron (born 1890), Premier of New South Wales
- 6 October – Johnny O'Keefe, (born 1935), Australian rock and roll singer
- "38 refugees in latest boat to reach Darwin". Sydney Morning Herald, p1. 2 January 1978.
- "Senator "disgusted" at Aboriginal homes delay". Sydney Morning Herald, p.2. 3 January 1978.
- "Csidei named in drug case". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 4 January 1978.
- "Rain prayers suggested". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 4 January 1978.
- "Value of $ cut again". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 5 January 1978.
- "Govt knew of Arab blacklist But it appears to have had little effect, says Anthony". Sydney Morning Herald, p.3. 5 January 1978.
- "McGeechan talks angry prisoners back to cells". Sydney Morning Herald, p1. 6 January 1978.
- "Isa Hotel complaint". Sydney Morning Herald, p.2. 6 January 1978.
- "Immigration Dept refusal reversed by minister". Sydney Morning Herald, p.2. 6 January 1978.
- "The Natural Bridge". GlobeVista. 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- Grabosky, Peter. N. (1989). "Chapter 6: The great social security conspiracy case". Wayward Governance: Illegality and its Control in the Public Sector. Australian Institute of Criminology. pp. 93–112. ISBN 0 642 14605 5. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Findlay, Tracey (3 August 2015). "Police renew appeal for information on local couple missing 30 years". Hornsby Advocate. Daily Telegraph-NewsLocal. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- "Latest Media Releases Missing Persons Week 2015: Missing Persons Stephen Lapthorne & Michelle Pope". www.police.nsw.gov.au. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- "Fiona McFarlane". www.swansea.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2018.