Janice Crosio

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The Honourable
Janice Crosio
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Prospect
In office
24 March 1990 – 31 October 2004
Preceded by Dick Klugman
Succeeded by Chris Bowen
Personal details
Born (1939-01-03) 3 January 1939 (age 78)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Ivo Crosio
Occupation Local councillor

Janice Ann Crosio, AM, MBE (born 3 January 1939), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Crosio was born in Sydney, New South Wales and educated at Strathfield Girls High School. In 1957, she married Ivo Crosio and they have one son and twin daughters. She was an alderman of Fairfield City Council in suburban Sydney from 1971 to 1980 and Mayor from 1974 to 1975 and 1977 to 1980.[1]

State politics[edit]

Crosio was the first woman elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in thirty years, representing Fairfield from 1981 to 1988 and Smithfield from 1988 to 1990. She was the first woman Cabinet minister in New South Wales: Minister for Natural Resources 1984–86, Minister for Local Government 1986–88 and Minister for Water Resources 1986–88.[1]

Federal politics[edit]

Crosio represented Prospect, New South Wales from March 1990 to October 2004. She was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Arts and Administrative Services in 1993, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories 1993–94 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security 1994–96. Crosio was Chief Opposition Whip 2001–04. She retired at the 2004 election.


Crosio was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to local government and the community in 1978. She was made Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1980 for services to the Italian Community. In 2006 she was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to the Parliaments of the Australian Commonwealth and of New South Wales, her service to her municipality and also for her pioneering of women's participation in politics.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Janice Ann Crosio (1939 – )". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Crosio, Janice Ann". It's an honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Eric Bedford
Member for Fairfield
Succeeded by
Geoff Irwin
New seat Member for Smithfield
Succeeded by
Carl Scully
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Dick Klugman
Member for Prospect
Succeeded by
Chris Bowen