A leading anti-domestic violence advocate has become the first Australian in nearly 30 years to join a United Nations body focused on ending discrimination against women.
Former Australian Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja has been elected to the UN committee as the only expert from the Oceania region.
From January, she will join 22 other experts to monitor progress made by UN members to address sexual discrimination.
Minister for Women Marise Payne congratulated Ms Stott Despoja.
"Australia has a proud record of advocacy on gender equality with a focus on ending violence against women and girls, promoting women's economic empowerment, and enhancing women's leadership choices," she said.
Ms Stott Despoja, who chairs domestic violence prevention group Our Watch, will serve a four-year term.