The Hon. Janice Crosio
Women in Federal Parliament

The Hon. Janice Crosio

Member for Prospect (NSW)

ALP, 1990–2004

The Hon. Janice Crosio inspecting a high school in her state electorate in 1987.

Image courtesy of Janice Crosio © Commonwealth of Australia.

The Hon. Janice Crosio has the distinction of being the first woman to hold office in local, state and federal government. Beginning her political career on the council for Fairfield City in 1971, where she served as mayor, she moved to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1981, where she held a number of ministerial positions. In 1990 she was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Prospect (NSW) for the Australian Labor Party, a position she held for the next 14 years.

Over the course of her long political career Crosio was forthright in expressing her political views on a number of topics including her opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, the benefits of multiculturalism and the rights of employees to have their entitlements protected in the event of their employer’s insolvency. This last issue was particularly important to Crosio and was the subject of several bills she proposed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Her parliamentary career also included appointments as parliamentary secretary to the ministers for Arts and Administrative Services; Environment, Sport and Territories; and Social Security. She was appointed Chief Opposition Whip in 2001. In recognition of her many achievements she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and a Member of the Order of Australia.