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Act No. 7 of 1916 as made
An Act to make provision for the Administration of the Australian Soldier's Repatriation Fund.
Date of Assent 30 May 1916
Date of repeal 08 Apr 1918
Repealed by Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Act 1917



No. 7 of 1916.

An Act to make provision for the Administration of the Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Fund.

[Assented to 30th May, 1916.]

BE it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title.

1.    This Act may be cited as the Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Fund Act 1916.


2.—(1.)   In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears—

“The Fund” means the Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Fund;

“The State War Council” means, in regard to each State, the body appointed or recognized by the Governor in Council of that State as the State War Council and approved of by the Governor-General;

“The Trustees” means the trustees for the time being of the Fund.

(2.)   For the purposes of this Act—

(a) any person who is or has been a member of the Forces within the meaning of the War Pensions Act 1914-1915, or to whom that Act applies or has applied as if he were a member of the Forces, shall be deemed to be an Australian soldier within the meaning of this Act; and

(b) any person who is a member of the family of a member of the Forces within the meaning of the War Pensions Act 1914-1915 shall be deemed to be a dependant of an Australian soldier within the meaning of this Act.

Vesting of Fund.

3.    The Fund shall be vested in and placed under the control of the trustees appointed by or under this Act.

Trustees of Fund.

4.—(1.)   The following persons, that is to say—

The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth;

Arthur Sydney Baillieu, Esquire, of Melbourne, in the State of Victoria;

The Honorable Sir John Langdon Bonython, K.B., C.M.G., of Adelaide, in the State of South Australia;


The Right Honorable Sir John Forrest, P.C., G.C.M.G., Member of the House of Representatives;

John Joseph Garvan, Esquire, of Sydney, in the State of New South Wales;

Edward Grayndler, Esquire, of Sydney aforesaid;

Samuel Hordern, Esquire, of Sydney aforesaid;

The Honorable John McEwan Hunter, Secretary for Public Lands of the State of Queensland;

The Honorable Sir William Hill Irvine, K.C.M.G., Member of the House of Representatives;

Senator the Honorable James Joseph Long;

Senator the Honorable Edward Davis Millen;

Denison Samuel King Miller, Esquire, of Sydney aforesaid;

The Honorable James Page, Member of the House of Representatives;

The Honorable Alexander Poynton, Member of the House of Representatives; and

Owen Morrice Williams, Esquire, of Melbourne aforesaid,

shall be trustees of the Fund.

(2.)   The Prime Minister shall be ex officio chairman of the trustees.

(3.)   At their first meeting in each calendar year the trustees may elect one of their number to be deputy chairman until the first meeting in the next calendar year.

(4.)   In the absence of the Prime Minister from any meeting, the deputy chairman shall preside, and if he be also absent the trustees present may elect one of their number to act as chairman at the meeting.

(5.)   If at any time any vacancy arises in the number of the said trustees, by resignation addressed to the Prime Minister, or in the case of any trustee other than the Prime Minister by failure without leave to attend any of three consecutive meetings of the trustees convened during a period of six months, or by death, or other cause, the Governor-General may appoint another person to be trustee to fill the vacancy so arising. Every such appointment shall be notified in the Gazette.

(6.)   At any meeting of the trustees seven trustees shall form a quorum.

Trustees may appoint Executive Committee.

5.—(1.)   At any meeting of the trustees at which not less than two-thirds of the whole number of trustees are present, the trustees may appoint an Executive Committee of the trustees.

(2.)   The Executive Committee shall consist of the chairman and the deputy chairman of the trustees, and of three other members elected by the trustees.

(3.)   The members elected by the trustees shall hold office for twelve months from the date of their election.

(4.)   Any vacancy occurring in the office of an elected member of the Executive Committee may be filled by the election of another member by the trustees.

(5.)   Two members of the Executive Committee shall form a quorum.


(6.)   The Executive Committee shall have and may exercise such powers and functions as are conferred or imposed upon them by the trustees.

Duties of trustees.

6.—(1.)   The trustees shall be charged with the duties of—

(a) allocating to the various State War Councils such sums or property as the trustees from time to time determine;

(b) investing in securities of the Commonwealth or a State, or on fixed deposit or on current account in any bank incorporated or carrying on business in the Commonwealth, such part of the Fund as is not immediately required for the purposes for which the Fund has been established; and

(c) selling or otherwise disposing of, or postponing the sale or disposition of, any property forming portion of the receipts of the Fund.

(2.)   The trustees may pay from the Fund all proper expenses of and incidental to administration of the Fund.

(3.)   The trustees shall forward to the Prime Minister, for presentation to the Parliament, an annual report upon the receipts expenditure and administration of the Fund.

Distribution by State War Councils.

7.    The sums or property from time to time allocated by the trustees to a State War Council shall be held by the State War Council upon the trusts following, namely:—

To apply such sums or property (subject to such conditions as the Governor-General, on the recommendation of the trustees, from time to time prescribes, and after payment of all proper expenses of and incidental to the receipt and expenditure by the Council of the sums or property allocated to it) for such purposes, being purposes for the assistance and benefit of Australian soldiers and of their dependants, and in such manner, as the Council in its discretion thinks fit.

Audit of accounts of fund.

8.—(1.)   All books and accounts kept by the trustees and by each State War Council in connexion with the Fund shall be audited from time to time by the Auditor-General of the Commonwealth.

(2.)   The report of each audit shall be made to the Commonwealth Treasurer who shall cause a copy of the report to be laid on the table of each House of the Parliament.


9.    The Governor-General may, on the recommendation of the trustees, make regulations prescribing the conditions under which a State War Council may expend any sum or dispose of any property allocated to it by the trustees, and may make regulations for carrying out or giving effect to any other matter arising under this Act.