The Whitlam Government came to office at a time of immense social change. One of the most important of the social changes taking place during the 1960s and 1970s was the increased participation of women in the workforce. The Whitlam Government sought to ensure that workplace pay and conditions for women were in keeping with the principles of social equality and justice that guided the Government’s agenda. The Whitlam Government also acted to remove discrimination and injustice against women in other areas, and to improve the basis of equality upon which women could participate in society.
The Whitlam Government instituted reforms to ensure that the Australian Government’s social legislation and institutions kept pace with social change and community values. Amongst these reforms were the introduction of no-fault divorce, and the foundation of the Family Court of Australia.