List of the first LGBTI holders of political offices in Australia

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LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Intersex) holders of political offices in Australia.[1][2] Currently and historically there are no transgender or intersex parliamentarians.

Current federal openly-LGBTI parliamentarians[edit]

Historical firsts[edit]


  • Member: Bob Brown, Tasmanian Greens Senator from 1996 to 2012.
  • Female member: Penny Wong, South Australian Labor Senator from 2002.
  • Government cabinet member: Penny Wong, South Australian Labor Senator who served in cabinet from 2007 to 2013.
  • Liberal member: Dean Smith, Western Australian Liberal Senator from 2012.
  • Lower house member: Trent Zimmerman, New South Wales Liberal MP from 2015.
  • Both major party candidates in a lower house contest openly gay: the Division of Brisbane at the 2016 federal election.

States and territories[edit]

Heads of government[edit]

Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr was the first openly-LGBTI head of a government in Australia, in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, from 2014.

Premier of South Australia Don Dunstan was the first retrospectively known LGBTI head of a government in Australia, in the Parliament of South Australia, from 1967.

Local Government[edit]

Mayor or deputy mayor[edit]

    • Mayor: Ralph McLean (Fitzroy) – 1984–1985
    • Intersex Mayor: Tony Briffa (Hobsons Bay) – 2011–2012 (world's first out intersex Mayor)

By state[edit]

New South Wales[edit]
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  • Max Pearce – 1983 (first LGBTI candidate elected to public office in NSW)


Justice of the High Court of Australia[edit]