South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


29. Elections:

Increase the percentage of women nominating to stand in local, state and federal government elections in South Australia to 50% by 2014

Key Measure




Explanatory Comments

The responsibility to progress this target rests with political parties in their pre-selection processes, electorate placement, funding and assistance in developing networks of individuals. Strong bipartisan support is therefore required for achievement.


During the 2010 local government elections, 28.41% of nominees who nominated to stand as a candidate were women.  The percentage of women who nominated to stand during the 2014 local government elections increased only marginally to 28.56%.


Electoral Commission SA has estimated that 33% of candidates for the House of Assembly and Legislative Council during the 2014 state election were women. This represents an increase from the baseline of 2010 in which 30.3% of candidates were women.


During the 2013 Federal election, 27.3% of South Australian candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate were women. This represents a slight decrease from the 2010 election in which 29.1% of candidates were women.

Lead Agency

Office for Women

Supplementary data

Women in Parliament