Building better schools

More than $690 million will be invested in improving, refurbishing and expanding capacity at 91 public schools across the State.


Renewable Technology Fund

Investment Guidelines have been released and calls are now open for projects.

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Investing in your local hospital

Find out more about improvements in your local hospital


Future jobs fund

State Government is stepping forward to support industries that are growing jobs today and creating the jobs of tomorrow.

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SA Fruit for SA Kids

Right bite - fresh fruit and veg every day in your classroom.



2017-18 State Budget includes $1.1 billion investment in health to support modern health services.

New Royal Adelaide Hospital

The 800-bed new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be the state’s flagship hospital.

Flinders Medical Centre

Two new operating theatres are being built and the Emergency Department is being expanded.

Lyell McEwin Hospital

More than $50m is being invested to create a new, bigger, world-class Emergency Department.

Celebrating 120 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia

The 120th anniversary of the first South Australian election that included women voters is recognised today, Monday 25 April, 2016. 

Women gained the right to vote and to stand for Parliament in South Australia when the Adult Suffrage Bill passed on 18 December 1894.

South Australia was the first state in Australia and the second jurisdiction in the world to give women the vote. This was thanks to the dedication of many women, including Mary Lee and Catherine Helen Spence.

The South Australian Women’s Suffrage League campaigned to give a political voice to the women of South Australia, and presented a petition of more than 11,600 signatures to Parliament in support of women’s suffrage.

South Australia continues to be a leader in promoting gender equality. The government’s women’s policy, ‘Achieving women’s equality’ aims to ensure all women and girls can fully participate in and share the benefits of living in South Australia.


The campaign for women’s suffrage began in the 1880s.

The South Australian Women’s Suffrage League was established in 1888 by women who were convinced that they could only achieve legislation that was fairer to women if women had a voice.

The first election in Australia to include women voters was the South Australian state election on 25 April 1896.

South Australia was second jurisdiction in the world, after New Zealand, to give women the right to vote, and the first in the world to give women the right to stand for Parliament.

Quotes attributable to Acting Status of Women Minister Leesa Vlahos

I am proud of South Australia’s history as the first state in Australia with a Parliament elected by both men and women.

The suffragettes of the 1880s were concerned about the social and economic difficulties many women faced, and strongly believed that women should be involved in making laws.

South Australia has been a leader in promoting gender equality for more than 120 years.

The South Australian government has done much to continue the progress towards gender equality, most recently through its women’s policy ‘Achieving women’s equality’.

The State Government is committed to improving women’s economic status, increasing women’s participation and leadership and improving women’s safety and wellbeing.