Timeline

Timeline

1902
Australian Parliament passes the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902
Women allowed to vote and stand for election to Federal Parliament
1902
1903
Formation of the Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC)
Precursor to the RAAMC when Royal Prefix awarded in 1948
1903
1914-1918
World War I
Ausrtalian masseuses (physiotherapists) serve with 1st AIF. Women doctors unable to enlist and serve with allied forces
1914-1918
1938-1945
World War II
Australian women serve in home-based units, malaria research and blood transfusion
1938-1945
1940
First female medical officer appointed in AAMC
1940
1942
Formation of AAMWS
Australian Army Medical Women's Service
1942
1962-1975
Australia's involvement in Vietnam War
1962-1975
1969
Women allowed to remain in service after marriage
1969
1975
Women allowed to serve on active serve (in non-combat roles)
1975
1979
Women receive equal pay to men
1979
1984
Sex Discrimination Act promulgated
ADF retains exemption to discriminate in combat or combat-related roles
1984
1986
35% of ADF roles opened to women
1986
2012
Australian Goverment agrees to lift gender restrictions from all ADF combat roles
2012

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