1992 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1992 in Australia.

1992 in Australia
MonarchyElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralBill Hayden
Prime ministerPaul Keating
ElectionsTAS, ACT, QLD, VIC


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  • 1 February
  • 9 February – Flooding occurs in Sydney and other areas of New South Wales. Torrential rain also floods the Sydney Harbour Tunnel with 500,000 litres of water.[1]
  • 15 February – The second ACT Legislative Assembly election is held, re-electing the Labor minority government of Rosemary Follett.
  • 20 February – Scores of people flee their homes as several coastal towns north of Brisbane are hit by flash floods.
  • 21 February – A State of Emergency is declared in Maryborough and Gympie due to major flooding.
  • 22 February
    • After trialling Daylight Saving in Queensland for a total of three years, a referendum is held, with 54.5% of Queenslanders voting against daylight saving. Regional and rural areas strongly oppose daylight saving, while those in the metropolitan south-east vote in favour of it.
    • A state of emergency is declared in the whole of Noosa Shire, Queensland due to major flooding - the worst since 1968.
  • 24 February – Queen Elizabeth II visits Australia. Prime Minister Paul Keating breaks royal protocol by placing his hand on the Queen's back, causing an outraged British tabloid newspaper to dub him the "Lizard of Oz". In his speech welcoming the Queen, Paul Keating contrasts the current state of Australia with that of her first visit in 1954.
  • 26 February - Prime Minister Paul Keating's long-awaited economic statement One Nation is delivered. Federal Opposition Leader John Hewson describes it as porkbarrelling.





  • 31 July - Janet Powell resigns from the Australian Democrats, sitting henceforth as an Independent Senator. The Victorian branch of the Democrats fractures acrimoniously, damaging the party nationally.


  • 11 August - A meeting with Prime Minister Paul Keating fails to secure for the Greens commitments on global warming, endangered species protection and biodiversity.
  • 18 August - Budget expenditure promises on labour market and training programmes and reducing the sizeable deficit fail to halt the Keating Government's sliding popularity.
  • 30 August - Representatives from the Tasmanian, Queensland and New South Wales Greens, with observers from other states, form the Australian Greens Party at a Sydney meeting.



  • 3 October – A state election is held in Victoria. Joan Kirner's Labor government is defeated by Jeff Kennett's Liberal party.
  • 6 OctoberRose Hancock-Porteous is fined $1,000 in Perth for forging prescriptions for drugs.
  • 19 October- One of the two men charged with the murder of Dr. Victor Chang pleads guilty.
  • 20 October-
    • The trial of the second man accused of murdering Dr. Victor Chang begins.
    • The Federal Opposition unveils Jobsback, its industrial relations policy designed to move from centralised wage-fixing to individual employment contracts negotiated at the enterprise level.
  • 27 October- Senator Bronwyn Bishop attacks the Tax Commissioner over alleged special treatment to the Labor Party.
  • 30 October – The second man charged with the murder of Dr. Victor Chang, Phillip Lim, is found guilty.


  • 5 November - Prime Minister Paul Keating announces that the coming election would be a poll on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and pledged that if the Coalition won, Labor would allow the GST through the Senate.
  • 19 November - With the implications of Fightback! increasingly scrutinised and condemned, and elements in the Coalition "panicking", Federal Opposition Leader John Hewson declares that he would resign rather than abandon the GST.
  • 23 November - Prime Minister Paul Keating announces the end of the ban preventing homosexual men and women from serving in the Australian Defence Force[2]
  • 25 November - The High Court of Australia rules that Independent Phil Cleary had been ineligible to stand for Wills as he was an Education Department employee on unpaid leave ("officers of the Crown" cannot stand for Parliament). His Labor and Liberal opponents were also declared ineligible, as they both held dual citizenship.


  • 18 December - Federal Opposition Leader John Hewson unveils Fightback Mark II which includes abandoning the GST on basic food items and childcare and the threat to cut off the dole after 9 months.
  • 22 December – The men who murdered heart surgeon Dr. Victor Chang are each sentenced to 20 years jail.
  • Adelaide receives it highest annual rainfall on record, totalling 883.2 millimetres (34.77 in).[3]

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See also


  1. The Courier-Mail, 10 February 1992, p.1
  2. Keating, Paul (23 November 1992). "Australian Defence Force policy on homosexuality" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016.
  3. Adelaide West Terrace (023000) Monthly Rainfall Adelaide Kent Town (023090) Monthly Rainfall
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. Fisher, Catherine Horne. "Greenwood, Irene Adelaide (1898–1992)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
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