Whitlam Government Achievements

WARNING: This page may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are now deceased.


The Whitlam Government brought about a vast range of reforms in the 1071 days it held office between December 5, 1972 and November 11, 1975. In its first year alone, it passed 203 bills - more legislation than any other federal government had passed in a single year. Whitlam reformed not only Australia's laws and institutions, but the way it sees itself. This online exhibition provides a chance to explore some of the achievements and reforms enacted by Prime Minister Whitlam and the government he led. Click on any of the icons below to explore that policy area in greater depth.


Healthcare and social security  Education  Indigenous Australians 
Foreign affairs and immigration  Women and social reforms  The economy 
Environment culture and heritage  Cities  Defence 
Democratic freedoms, human rights and the law  National Symbols  Whitlam Ministers