List of female cabinet ministers of Australia

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     denotes the first female minister of that particular department.

Minister Position Year appointed Prime Minister
Government
Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Australia 2010 Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 2007 Kevin Rudd
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Anne Ruston Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources 2015 Malcolm Turnbull
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 Bob Hawke
Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 2004 John Howard
Cabinet Secretary and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister
Michaelia Cash Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Employment and Women 2015 Malcolm Turnbull[1]
Minister for Communications
Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 2004 John Howard
Sharon Bird Minister for Regional Communications 2013 Kevin Rudd
Fiona Nash 2016 Malcolm Turnbull
Bridget McKenzie 2017
Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs
Jeannette McHugh Minister for Consumer Affairs 1992 Paul Keating
Minister for Defence, Defence Material and Defence Personnel
Ros Kelly Minister for Defence Personnel 1987 Bob Hawke
Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 1996 John Howard
Marise Payne Minister for Defence 2015 Malcolm Turnbull[1]
Minister for the Environment and Energy
Ros Kelly Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and Territories 1990 Bob Hawke
Wendy Fatin Minister for Culture, Territories and Women 1991 Bob Hawke
Ros Kelly Minister for Sport, Environment and Territories 1993 Paul Keating
Penny Wong Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2007 Julia Gillard
Melissa Price Assistant Minister for the Environment 2017 Malcolm Turnbull
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
Kay Patterson Minister for Family and Community Services 2003
Jenny Macklin Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2007 Kevin Rudd
Minister for Finance
Margaret Guilfoyle Minister for Finance 1980 Malcolm Fraser
Penny Wong Minister for Finance 2010 Julia Gillard
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julie Bishop Minister for Foreign Affairs 2013 Tony Abbott
Minister for Health
Carmen Lawrence Minister for Human Services and Health 1994 Paul Keating
Nicola Roxon Minister for Health and Ageing 2007 Kevin Rudd
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Health 2010 Julia Gillard
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Health and Medical Research 2013 Kevin Rudd
Sussan Ley Minister for Health 2014 Tony Abbott
Bridget McKenzie Minister for Rural Health 2017 Malcolm Turnbull
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 Security 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 2010 Julia Gillard
Marise Payne 2013 Tony Abbott
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Amanda Vanstone Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs 2003 John Howard
Michaelia Cash Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 2013 Tony Abbott
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs 2015 Malcolm Turnbull
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
Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Minister for International Development and the Pacific 2016 Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Amanda Vanstone Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations 1996 John Howard
Fran Bailey Minister for Employment Services 2004 John Howard
Sharman Stone Minister for Workforce Participation 2006
Julia Gillard Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations 2007 Kevin Rudd
Kate Ellis Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare 2010 Julia Gillard
Michaelia Cash Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Employment and Women 2015 Malcolm Turnbull[1]
Minister for Jobs and Innovation 2017
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 2003
Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing 2001
Nicola Roxon 2007 Kevin Rudd
Justine Elliot Minister of Ageing 2007
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Kate Lundy Minister for Multicultural Affairs 2012 Julia Gillard
Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
Helen Coonan Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer 2001 John Howard
Kelly O'Dwyer Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Small Business 2014 Malcolm Turnbull[1]
Minister for Revenue and Financial Services 2016
Minister for Social Services
Annabelle Rankin Minister for Social Housing 1966 Harold Holt
Julia Gillard Minister for Social Inclusion 2007 Kevin Rudd
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Social Inclusion 2010 Julia Gillard
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Housing 2010
Jane Prentice Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services 2016 Malcolm Turnbull
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
Julia Gillard Minister for Education 2007 Kevin Rudd
Kate Ellis Minister for Sport and Youth 2007
Minister for Small Business
Fran Bailey Minister for Small Business and Tourism 2004 John Howard
Kelly O'Dwyer Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Small Business 2015 Malcolm Turnbull[1]
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
Sussan Ley 2014 Tony Abbott
Bridget McKenzie 2017 Malcolm Turnbull
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
Minister for 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 1990
Ros Kelly 1993 Paul Keating
Rosemary Crowley 1993
Carmen Lawrence 1994
Jocelyn Newman 1996 John Howard
Judi Moylan 1997
Jocelyn Newman 1998
Amanda Vanstone 2001
Kay Patterson 2003
Tanya Plibersek 2007 Kevin Rudd
Kate Ellis 2010 Julia Gillard
Michaelia Cash Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Employment and Women 2013 Tony Abbott
Minister for Women 2015 Malcolm Turnbull[1]
Kelly O'Dwyer 2017
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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