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Passports Act 1948

Authoritative Version
  • - C1948A00085
  • No longer in force
Act No. 85 of 1948 as made
An Act to amend the Passports Act 1938.
Date of Assent 21 Dec 1948
Date of repeal 24 Jun 2014
Repealed by Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Act 2014



No. 85 of 1948.

An Act to amend the Passports Act 1938.

[Assented to 21st December, 1948.]

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 and citation.

1.—(1.) This Act may be cited as the Passports Act 1948.

(2.)  The Passports Act 1938 is in this Act referred to as the Principal Act.

(3.)  The Principal Act, as amended by this Act, may be cited as the Passports Act 1938–1948.


2.   This Act shall come into operation on the twenty-sixth day of January, One thousand nine hundred and forty-nine.


3.   Section five of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) by inserting after the definition of “Australian passport” in sub-section (1.) the following definition:—

“‘Australian citizen’ means a person who is an Australian citizen within the meaning of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948;”;

(b) by omitting the definition of “British subject” in that sub-section and inserting in its stead the following definition:—

“‘British subject’ means a British subject as defined in the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 and includes a protected person as defined in that Act;”; and

(c) by omitting from the definition of “officer” in that sub-section the words “the Interior” and inserting in their stead the word “Immigration”.


4.   Section seven of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section inserted in its stead:—

Issue of passports.

7.—(1.)  Subject to the regulations, an officer authorized in that behalf by the Minister may issue Australian passports to Australian citizens and to British subjects who are not Australian citizens.

“(2.)  Australian passports shall be issued in the name of the Governor-General and shall be in such forms as are approved by the Minister.

“(3.)  An Australian passport in force under the Passports Act 1938 immediately prior to the commencement of this section shall, subject to this Act, continue in force as if issued under this Act.”.