For the first ten years there was no uniform worn by women. In 1952 the first women’s uniform was released. From those early years to today’s current operational uniform a large number of changes were made.
In the same year police uniforms were reviewed ... staff members were asked their views ... The review was ultimately to see the demise of the skirt for policewomen, and all female recruits were issued with trousers and wore the same forage cap as their male colleagues. An akubra-style, wide-brimmed, rabbit fur felt hat was introduced for duties in the hot summer sun.
Reference: Tact & Tenacity, Val Redshaw pp 186-187
Policewomen have a lightweight trousers option, and although the skirt is being retained, are encouraged to wear culottes. Police sergeant Rose McDermott models the new police patrol jersey while Senior Sergeant Steve Clements sports the new wide-brimmed hat.
Photographer Philip John Reid Evening Post ATL 27256