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Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986

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Act No. 164 of 1986 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Statute Update Act 2016
An Act to grant land in the Jervis Bay Territory to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, and for other purposes
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
Registered 28 Oct 2016
Start Date 21 Oct 2016

Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986

No. 164, 1986

Compilation No. 13

Compilation date:                              21 October 2016

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 61, 2016

Registered:                                         28 October 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 21 October 2016 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

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Contents

Part I—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

3............ Act to bind Crown.............................................................................. 3

3A......... Application of the Criminal Code....................................................... 3

Part II—Establishment, constitution, functions and powers of Council  4

4............ Establishment of Council.................................................................... 4

4A......... Accountable authority......................................................................... 4

5............ Constitution of Council....................................................................... 4

6............ Functions of Council........................................................................... 5

7............ Powers of Council.............................................................................. 5

Part III—Grant of land to Council                                                                             7

8............ Initial grant of land.............................................................................. 7

9............ Later grants of land............................................................................. 7

9A......... Grants of land within Booderee National Park etc. to Council............ 9

10.......... Vesting of land.................................................................................. 10

11.......... Registration of vesting...................................................................... 10

12.......... Buildings etc. vest automatically....................................................... 10

13.......... Occupation by Commonwealth etc.................................................... 10

14.......... Reservation of minerals..................................................................... 11

Part IV—Administration of Council                                                                        12

Division 1—Registrar of Council                                                                         12

15.......... Registrar of Council.......................................................................... 12

16.......... Delegation by Registrar..................................................................... 12

Division 2—Register of members of Council                                                 14

17.......... Register............................................................................................. 14

18.......... Variation of Register......................................................................... 14

19.......... Particulars on Register etc................................................................. 15

Division 3—Meetings of Council                                                                          16

20.......... First annual general meeting.............................................................. 16

21.......... Convening of subsequent annual general meetings........................... 16

22.......... Purpose of annual general meetings.................................................. 17

23.......... Convening of special general meetings............................................. 17

24.......... Purpose of special general meetings.................................................. 17

25.......... Procedure at general meetings........................................................... 17

26.......... Voting on motions at general meetings............................................. 18

26A....... Quorum at general meetings.............................................................. 18

Division 4—Executive committee                                                                         20

27.......... Officers............................................................................................. 20

28.......... Executive committee.......................................................................... 20

29.......... Executive members........................................................................... 20

30.......... Election of executive members.......................................................... 21

31.......... Deputy Chairperson to act as Chairperson........................................ 23

32.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 23

33.......... Removal of executive members......................................................... 23

34.......... Meetings of executive committee...................................................... 24

Division 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                       25

35.......... Committees....................................................................................... 25

36.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 25

Part V—Dealings with Aboriginal Land                                                               27

37.......... Interpretation..................................................................................... 27

38.......... Dealings in Aboriginal Land by Council........................................... 28

38A....... Agreement to lease land within Booderee National Park etc. to Director  30

38B....... Lease of Booderee National Park etc. to Director.............................. 30

38C....... Minister may grant lease................................................................... 30

39.......... Surrender of Aboriginal Land........................................................... 30

40.......... Rights of existing occupiers.............................................................. 31

41.......... Dealings in land leased from Council................................................ 31

42.......... Devise of interests in Aboriginal Land etc........................................ 32

Part VI—Miscellaneous                                                                                                    33

43.......... Laws relating to mining..................................................................... 33

44.......... Mining operations............................................................................. 33

45.......... Exemption from rates etc................................................................... 33

46.......... Application of laws of Territory to Aboriginal Land......................... 33

47.......... Protection of environment................................................................. 33

48.......... Significant sites................................................................................. 34

49.......... Public access..................................................................................... 36

50.......... Registrar may inquire into grievances............................................... 36

52.......... Annual report to be laid before meeting of Council........................... 37

52A....... By‑laws............................................................................................. 37

53.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 39

Schedule—Definition of Schedule Land                                              40

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    41

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                            41

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                43

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             44

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           47


An Act to grant land in the Jervis Bay Territory to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, and for other purposes

 

Part IPreliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986.

2  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

Aboriginal means a person who is a member of the Aboriginal race of Australia.

Aboriginal Land means land that is Aboriginal Land because of a declaration under Part III.

Agency has the meaning given by section 7 of the Public Service Act 1999.

Agency Head has the meaning given by section 7 of the Public Service Act 1999.

Agency Minister has the meaning given by section 7 of the Public Service Act 1999.

annual general meeting means a meeting of the Council convened under section 20 or 21.

Australian National Botanic Gardens means the areas declared to be a reserve, and to which that name was assigned, by Proclamation under subsection 7(2) of the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975.

Authority means an Authority established by or under a law of the Commonwealth or a law in force in the Territory.

Booderee Botanic Gardens means the part of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in the Jervis Bay Territory.

Booderee National Park means the Commonwealth reserve of that name within the Jervis Bay Territory under Division 4 of Part 15 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Chairperson means the Chairperson of the Council.

Community means the community known as the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.

Council means the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council established by section 4.

Deputy Chairperson means the Deputy Chairperson of the Council.

Director has the meaning given by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Note:          The Director is also an Authority.

executive committee means the committee established by section 28.

executive member means a member of the executive committee and includes the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson and the Secretary.

general meeting means:

                     (a)  an annual general meeting; or

                     (b)  a special general meeting.

land, unless the contrary intention appears, includes any seabed or any subsoil.

minerals includes:

                     (a)  gold, silver, copper, tin and other metals;

                     (b)  coal, shale, petroleum and valuable earths and substances;

                     (c)  mineral substances;

                     (d)  gems and precious stones; and

                     (e)  ores and other substances containing minerals;

whether suspended in water or not, but does not include water.

Register means the register kept in accordance with Division 2 of Part IV.

registered member means a person whose name is on the Register.

Registrar means the Registrar of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council.

Schedule Land means the land described in the Schedule.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Council.

special general meeting means a meeting of the Council convened under section 23.

Territory means the Jervis Bay Territory.

Note:          For the manner in which the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson may be referred to, see section 18B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

3  Act to bind Crown

             (1)  This Act binds the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.

             (2)  Nothing in this Act renders the Crown in right of the Commonwealth liable to be prosecuted for an offence.

3A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

Part IIEstablishment, constitution, functions and powers of Council

  

4  Establishment of Council

             (1)  There is established by this Act a council by the name of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council.

             (2)  The Council:

                     (a)  is a body corporate with perpetual succession;

                     (b)  shall have a common seal; and

                     (c)  may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

Note:          The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 applies to the Council. That Act deals with matters relating to corporate Commonwealth entities, including reporting and the use and management of public resources.

             (3)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially shall take judicial notice of the imprint of the common seal of the Council appearing on a document and shall presume that the document was duly sealed.

4A  Accountable authority

                   For the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the executive committee is the accountable authority of the Council.

5  Constitution of Council

                   The Council at any time shall consist of the persons who are registered members at that time.

6  Functions of Council

                   The functions of the Council are, subject to and in accordance with this Act:

                     (a)  to hold title to Aboriginal Land;

                     (b)  to exercise, for the benefit of the members of the Community, the Council’s powers as owner of Aboriginal Land and of any other land owned by the Council;

                     (c)  to make representations to the Minister in relation to land that the Council considers should become Aboriginal Land and in relation to other matters relevant to this Act;

                    (ca)  in consultation with the Minister, to consider and, where practicable, take action for the benefit of the Community in relation to the housing, social welfare, education, training or health needs of the members of the Community;

                   (cb)  to provide community services to members of the Community;

                    (cc)  to protect and conserve natural and cultural sites on Aboriginal Land;

                   (cd)  to engage in land use planning in relation to Aboriginal Land;

                    (ce)  to manage and maintain Aboriginal Land; and

                    (cf)  to conduct business enterprises for the economic or social benefit of the Community;

                     (d)  such functions as are conferred on it by a provision of this Act (other than this section); and

                     (e)  any functions relating to the Community conferred on the Council by the regulations.

7  Powers of Council

             (1)  In addition to any other powers conferred on it by this Act, the Council has, subject to this Act, power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

             (2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the powers of the Council referred to in subsection (1) include, subject to this Act, power:

                     (a)  to acquire, hold or dispose of real and personal property;

                     (b)  to enter into contracts for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (c)  to employ staff.

             (3)  The Council shall not, except with the approval of the Minister, enter into a contract involving the payment by the Council of an amount exceeding $100,000, or, if a higher amount is prescribed, that amount.

Part IIIGrant of land to Council

  

8  Initial grant of land

             (1)  As soon as practicable after the first annual general meeting, the Minister:

                     (a)  shall sign an instrument that declares that, at the time at which a copy of the instrument is given to the Chairperson, the Schedule Land shall become Aboriginal Land; and

                     (b)  shall give a copy of the instrument, or cause a copy of the instrument to be given, to the Chairperson.

             (2)  At the time at which the instrument referred to in subsection (1) is given to the Chairperson in accordance with paragraph (1)(b), the Schedule Land becomes Aboriginal Land.

             (3)  As soon as practicable after the Minister has complied with subsection (1), the Minister shall cause to be published in the Gazette a notice stating that the Schedule Land has become Aboriginal Land.

             (4)  Any failure to comply with the requirements of subsection (3) does not affect the operation of subsection (1).

9  Later grants of land

             (1)  Where, at any time after the Schedule Land has become Aboriginal Land, the Minister becomes satisfied that:

                     (a)  vacant Crown land in the Territory that adjoins Aboriginal Land is of significance to the Aboriginals who are members of the Community; and

                     (b)  it would be appropriate to grant the first‑mentioned land to the Council;

the Minister may, by instrument in writing specifying the first‑mentioned land, declare that the first‑mentioned land is Aboriginal Land.

             (2)  The Minister shall, as soon as practicable after making an instrument under subsection (1):

                     (a)  cause a copy of the instrument to be published in the Gazette; and

                     (b)  cause a copy of the instrument to be laid before each House of the Parliament.

             (3)  Either House of the Parliament, within 15 sitting days of that House after a copy of an instrument has been laid before that House under subsection (2), may, in pursuance of a motion upon notice, pass a resolution disallowing the instrument.

             (4)  Where:

                     (a)  a notice referred to in subsection (3) is given with respect to an instrument; and

                     (b)  at the expiration of the period during which a resolution disallowing the instrument could have been passed:

                              (i)  the notice has not been withdrawn and the relevant motion has not been called on; or

                             (ii)  the relevant motion has been called on, moved and seconded and has not been withdrawn or otherwise disposed of;

the instrument shall be deemed to have been disallowed.

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  neither House of the Parliament passes a resolution in accordance with subsection (3) disallowing an instrument made under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the instrument has not been deemed to have been disallowed under subsection (4);

the instrument takes effect, and the land specified in the instrument becomes Aboriginal Land, on the day immediately following the last day upon which a resolution disallowing the instrument could have been passed.

             (6)  If, before the expiration of 15 sitting days of a House of the Parliament after a copy of an instrument made under subsection (1) has been laid before that House:

                     (a)  the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires, or the Parliament is prorogued; and

                     (b)  a resolution for the disallowance of the instrument has not been passed by the first‑mentioned House;

the copy of the instrument shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to have been laid before that first‑mentioned House on the first sitting day of that first‑mentioned House after the dissolution, expiry or prorogation, as the case may be.

             (7)  Where an instrument made under subsection (1) takes effect, the Minister shall cause a notice to that effect to be published in the Gazette.

             (8)  Any failure to comply with the requirements of subsection (7) does not affect the operation of subsection (5).

9A  Grants of land within Booderee National Park etc. to Council

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that land within the Booderee National Park is Aboriginal Land if he or she is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the land is of significance to the Aboriginals who are members of the Community; and

                     (b)  it would be appropriate to grant the land to the Council.

             (2)  The Minister may not make a declaration under subsection (1) unless the Council and the Director have entered into an agreement under which the Council agrees to grant to the Director a lease of all land that is to become Aboriginal Land under the declaration. The terms and conditions of the lease are to be set out in the agreement.

             (3)  If the Minister proposes to make a declaration under subsection (1), the Minister must publish a notice in the Gazette:

                     (a)  stating his or her intention to do so; and

                     (b)  describing the land that would become Aboriginal Land under the declaration.

10  Vesting of land

                   Where, because of section 8, 9 or 9A, land becomes Aboriginal Land, that land (including all rights, title and interests in that land) is vested in the Council without any conveyance, transfer or assignment.

11  Registration of vesting

                   Where the Secretary of the Department that deals with the administration of the Territory becomes aware that land (including any right, title or interest in land) has vested in the Council because of section 10, the Secretary of that Department shall cause such action to be taken as he or she considers necessary to register the vesting under the laws in force in the Territory.

12  Buildings etc. vest automatically

                   Subject to section 13, where, because of section 10, land vests in the Council, buildings and improvements on that land vest in the Council.

13  Occupation by Commonwealth etc.

             (1)  Where, on the vesting of land in the Council because of section 10, the land or part of the land is being occupied or used by the Commonwealth or by an Authority, the Commonwealth or the Authority, as the case may be, is entitled to continue that occupation or use for such period as the land or part of the land, as the case may be, is required by the Commonwealth or the Authority.

             (2)  During the period for which, because of subsection (1), the Commonwealth or an Authority is entitled to the occupation or use of land, or part of land, vested in the Council, any buildings or improvements on that land, or part of land, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be the property of the Commonwealth or the Authority, as the case may be.

             (3)  Nothing in this section prevents the granting by the Council under section 38 of a lease of land to which subsection (1) applies to the Commonwealth or an Authority and, if such a lease is granted, the land ceases to be land to which this section applies.

14  Reservation of minerals

                   Where, because of this Part, land vests in the Council, the vesting is subject to the reservation that the right to any minerals existing in their natural condition on or below the surface of the land remains with the Commonwealth.

Part IVAdministration of Council

Division 1Registrar of Council

15  Registrar of Council

             (1)  There shall be a Registrar of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council.

             (2)  The functions of the Registrar are such functions as are conferred on the Registrar by a provision of this Act or by the regulations.

             (3)  The Registrar is to be a person who is appointed by the Minister in writing and who:

                     (a)  is an APS employee in an Agency for which the Minister is the Agency Minister; or

                     (b)  holds or performs the duties of an office in a body established by or under an Act administered by the Minister.

16  Delegation by Registrar

             (1)  The Registrar may, either generally or as otherwise provided by the instrument of delegation, by writing signed by the Registrar, delegate to:

                     (a)  an APS employee in an Agency for which the Minister is the Agency Minister, being an APS employee approved for the purpose by the Agency Head; or

                     (b)  a person holding or performing the duties of an office in a body established by or under an Act administered by the Minister, being a person approved for the purpose by the person in charge of the body;

all or any of the functions and powers of the Registrar under this Act, other than this power of delegation.

             (2)  A function or power so delegated, when performed or exercised by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been performed or exercised by the Registrar.

             (3)  A delegation under subsection (1) does not prevent the performance of a function or the exercise of a power by the Registrar.

Division 2Register of members of Council

17  Register

             (1)  There shall be prepared and kept in accordance with this Part a register to be known as the Register of Members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council.

             (2)  As soon as practicable after the commencement of this Act, the Department shall prepare and give to the Registrar a list of the persons who the Department is satisfied are Aboriginals who:

                     (a)  resided in the Territory on 24 May 1986; and

                     (b)  have attained the age of 18 years.

             (3)  As soon as practicable after the Department has given the Registrar the list referred to in subsection (2), the Registrar shall prepare the Register and enter on it the names on the list.

             (4)  After the first annual general meeting, the Register shall be kept by the Secretary.

18  Variation of Register

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), where, at a general meeting, a motion that a specified person is an Aboriginal member of the Community is passed in accordance with subsection 26(2), the Secretary shall enter the name of that person on the Register.

             (2)  The Secretary shall not enter the name of a person on the Register in accordance with subsection (1) unless and until the Secretary is satisfied that the person has attained the age of 18 years.

             (3)  Where, at a general meeting, a motion that a specified person whose name is on the Register is not an Aboriginal member of the Community is passed in accordance with subsection 26(2), the Secretary shall remove the name of that person from the Register.

             (4)  Where the Secretary becomes satisfied that a person whose name is on the Register:

                     (a)  has died; or

                     (b)  has not attained the age of 18 years;

the Secretary shall remove the name of that person from the Register.

19  Particulars on Register etc.

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  the Secretary is required by this Part to enter the name of a person on the Register; and

                     (b)  the Secretary considers that the name of the person is not sufficient to identify the person;

the Secretary shall enter on the Register, next to the name of that person, particulars sufficient to identify the person.

             (2)  Where the name of a person is entered on the Register in accordance with this Part, the Secretary may enter next to that name particulars of the place of living of that person.

Division 3Meetings of Council

20  First annual general meeting

             (1)  As soon as practicable after the preparation of the Register, the Registrar shall convene the first annual general meeting of the Council.

             (2)  Not later than 30 days before the first annual general meeting, the Registrar shall cause notice of the day, time and place of the meeting to be given to the registered members in such manner as the Registrar considers appropriate.

             (3)  The Registrar shall preside at the first annual general meeting until a person is declared to have been elected as the Chairperson.

21  Convening of subsequent annual general meetings

             (1)  The Chairperson shall, not later than 30 days before the expiration of 12 months from the day on which an annual general meeting finished, convene an annual general meeting of the Council to be held on a day not later than the expiration of the 12 months.

             (2)  If the Registrar becomes satisfied that, because of vacancies in the offices of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson or because the holders of those offices are unable to perform the duties of those offices, an annual general meeting required to be convened in accordance with subsection (1) would not be convened, the Registrar shall convene that meeting.

             (3)  The person convening an annual general meeting under this section shall, not later than 30 days before the day fixed for the meeting, cause notice of the day, time and place of the meeting to be given to the registered members, in such manner as has been determined by the Council, or, if no manner has been determined, such manner as the person considers appropriate.

22  Purpose of annual general meetings

             (1)  A purpose of an annual general meeting is the conduct of the elections of the executive members in accordance with Division 4.

             (2)  An annual general meeting may deal with any matters relating to the functions of the Council.

23  Convening of special general meetings

             (1)  The Minister or the Chairperson may convene a special general meeting of the Council.

             (2)  The Chairperson shall, on receipt of a written request signed by not less than 20 registered members, convene a special general meeting of the Council.

             (3)  Where a person convenes a special general meeting, the person shall, not later than 30 days before the day fixed for the meeting, cause notice of the day, time and place of the meeting to be given to the registered members, in such manner as has been determined by the Council, or, if no manner has been so determined, such manner as the person considers appropriate.

24  Purpose of special general meetings

                   A special general meeting may deal with any matters relating to the functions of the Council.

25  Procedure at general meetings

             (1)  Without limiting subsections 20(3) and 30(2), a general meeting may be attended by:

                     (a)  the registered members; and

                     (b)  such persons as the meeting determines by resolution may be present at the meeting.

             (2)  The Chairperson shall preside at all general meetings at which he or she is present.

             (3)  Where the Chairperson is not present at a general meeting:

                     (a)  the Deputy Chairperson shall preside at the meeting; or

                     (b)  if the Deputy Chairperson is not present at the meeting, the registered members present at the meeting shall elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

             (4)  Subject to section 26A, at a general meeting a quorum is constituted by a majority of the registered members.

             (5)  Subject to this Act, the procedure at general meetings shall be determined by the Council.

26  Voting on motions at general meetings

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2) and section 26A, motions moved at a general meeting shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the registered members present at the meeting and voting.

             (2)  A motion referred to in subsection 18(1) or (3) moved at a general meeting shall be taken to be passed only if it is supported by not less than two‑thirds of the registered members present at the meeting and voting.

             (3)  A motion referred to in subsection 18(3) shall not be moved at a general meeting unless notice of the motion was given with, and in the same manner as, the notice of the day, time and place of the meeting given in accordance with this Act.

             (4)  The person presiding at a general meeting has a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes on a motion, other than a motion referred to in subsection 18(1) or (3), also has a casting vote.

26A  Quorum at general meetings

             (1)  Where a general meeting fails because a quorum has not formed within 60 minutes of the notified time of the meeting:

                     (a)  the Chairperson must reconvene the meeting in the same manner, for the same time, in the same place and for the same day of the following week, as the failed meeting; and

                     (b)  at the reconvened meeting, a quorum is constituted by 40 registered members.

             (2)  Where a general meeting convened under subsection (1) fails because a quorum has not formed within 60 minutes of the notified time of the meeting:

                     (a)  the Chairperson must reconvene the meeting in the same manner, for the same time, in the same place and for the same day of the following week, as the failed meeting; and

                     (b)  at the reconvened meeting, a quorum is constituted by 40 registered members.

             (3)  Where it would be unreasonable or impracticable for a meeting to be reconvened at or on the time, day or place referred to in subsection (1) or (2) (as the case may be), the Chairperson may specify another time, day or place, provided the time and day specified are not earlier than the seventh day after the failed meeting, and the place is at, or in the proximity of the place referred to in subsection (1) or (2).

             (4)  A reference in subsection (1) or (2) to the same manner means the manner in which the general meeting would normally be convened, except that notice of the meeting is to be given at least 6 days before the day of the meeting provided for in subsection (1), (2) or (3) (as the case may be).

             (5)  This section does not affect the operation of subsections 26(2) to (4).

Division 4Executive committee

27  Officers

                   There shall be:

                     (a)  a Chairperson of the Council;

                     (b)  a Deputy Chairperson of the Council; and

                     (c)  a Secretary of the Council.

28  Executive committee

             (1)  There is established by this Act an executive committee of the Council.

             (2)  The functions of the executive committee are:

                     (a)  such functions as are conferred on it by a provision of this Act (other than this section), by the regulations or by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013; and

                     (b)  to exercise the powers of the Council delegated to the executive committee under section 36.

             (3)  The executive committee shall consist of:

                     (a)  the Chairperson;

                     (b)  the Deputy Chairperson;

                     (c)  the Secretary; and

                     (d)  6 other members.

29  Executive members

             (1)  A person is not eligible to be an executive member unless he or she is a registered member.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), executive members shall be elected at annual general meetings.

             (3)  Where a vacancy occurs in the office of an executive member earlier than 30 days before the next annual general meeting, the Chairperson, or, if there is no Chairperson, the Minister, shall convene a special general meeting and an election to fill that vacancy shall be held at that special general meeting.

             (4)  Subject to this Act, an executive member holds his or her office from the time at which he or she is declared to have been elected to the office at an annual general meeting until the time, at the first or second annual general meeting, as the case may be, after that meeting, at which a person is declared to have been elected to that office.

             (5)  An executive member is eligible for re‑election.

             (6)  The functions of the Secretary are:

                     (a)  such functions as are conferred on the Secretary by a provision of this Act (other than this section) or by the regulations; and

                     (b)  such functions as the Council or the executive committee determines to be necessary or desirable for the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of the Council.

30  Election of executive members

             (1)  In this section, office means the office of an executive member.

             (2)  An election to fill an office shall be conducted by:

                     (a)  a person appointed, not less than 30 days before the election by a unanimous resolution of the executive members present at a meeting of the executive committee, to conduct the election; or

                     (b)  if a person has not been appointed in accordance with paragraph (a) or a person so appointed is unable to conduct the election—the Registrar.

             (3)  Where an election to fill an office is to be conducted at a general meeting, the notice required by this Act to be given in relation to the meeting shall identify, and call for nominations for, the office.

             (4)  Where nominations are called for an office under subsection (3), 2 or more registered members may nominate another registered member for the office.

             (5)  A nomination of a person for an office shall:

                     (a)  be in writing;

                     (b)  be signed by the person and by the persons nominating the person; and

                     (c)  be given, at least 24 hours before the time of the general meeting at which the election is to take place, to the person conducting the election.

             (6)  Where only one person eligible to be elected to an office is nominated for election to that office, that person shall be taken to be elected to that office.

             (7)  Where 2 or more persons eligible for election to an office are nominated for election to that office, a secret ballot shall be conducted to determine which of those persons is to be elected to that office.

             (8)  The persons eligible to vote in an election under subsection (7) at a general meeting are the registered members present at that meeting and each such registered member shall have one vote.

             (9)  If, in an election of persons to an office, one of the candidates receives more votes than any other candidate, that candidate shall be taken to be elected to that office.

           (10)  If, because 2 or more candidates have received the same number of votes at an election for an office, there is a failure of the election, one of those candidates shall be chosen by lot to fill the vacant office concerned and the candidate so chosen shall be taken to have been elected to that office.

31  Deputy Chairperson to act as Chairperson

             (1)  The Deputy Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Chairperson; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chairperson is absent from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office of Chairperson.

             (2)  While the Deputy Chairperson is acting as the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson has and may exercise all the powers, and shall perform all the duties, of the Chairperson.

             (3)  The validity of anything done by or in relation to the Deputy Chairperson purporting to act in the office of Chairperson under this section shall not be called in question on the ground that the occasion for the person to act had not arisen or had ceased.

32  Resignation

                   An executive member may resign his or her office by writing signed by him or her and delivered to the Registrar.

33  Removal of executive members

             (1)  The Minister may, by writing signed by the Minister, remove an executive member from office:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  for physical or mental incapacity.

Note:          An executive member may also be removed from office under section 30 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with terminating the appointment of an accountable authority, or a member of an accountable authority, for contravening general duties of officials).

             (2)  Section 30 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 applies to an election of an executive member under section 30 of this Act as if the election were an appointment by the Minister.

34  Meetings of executive committee

             (1)  The Chairperson:

                     (a)  may, at any time, convene a meeting of the executive committee; and

                     (b)  shall, on receipt of a written request signed by not fewer than 4 other executive members, convene a meeting of the executive committee.

             (2)  The Minister may, at any time, convene a meeting of the executive committee.

             (3)  The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the executive committee at which he or she is present.

             (4)  Where the Chairperson is not present at a meeting of the executive committee:

                     (a)  the Deputy Chairperson shall preside at the meeting; or

                     (b)  if the Deputy Chairperson is not present at the meeting—the executive members present shall appoint one of their number to preside at the meeting.

             (5)  At a meeting of the executive committee, 5 executive members constitute a quorum.

             (6)  Questions arising at a meeting of the executive committee shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the executive members present and voting and the person presiding at the meeting has a deliberative vote and, in the case of an equality of votes, also has a casting vote.

Division 5Miscellaneous

35  Committees

             (1)  The Council may, from time to time, by resolution establish such committees as the Council considers necessary or desirable for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  A committee shall consist of not fewer than 4, nor more than 7, registered members.

             (3)  Where the Chairperson is a member of a committee, the Chairperson shall convene, and preside at, meetings of the committee.

             (4)  Where the Deputy Chairperson is a member of a committee and the Chairperson is not a member of the committee, the Deputy Chairperson shall convene, and preside at, meetings of the committee.

             (5)  Where neither the Chairperson nor the Deputy Chairperson is a member of a committee, the committee shall elect a member of the committee to convene, and preside at, meetings of the committee.

             (6)  A member of a committee may resign by writing signed by the member and given to the executive committee.

36  Delegation

             (1)  The Council may, by resolution, either generally or as otherwise provided by the resolution, delegate to the executive committee or a committee established under section 35 all or any of its powers under this Act, other than this power of delegation.

             (2)  A power so delegated, when exercised by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been exercised by the Council.

             (3)  A delegation under this section does not prevent the exercise of a power by the Council.

Part VDealings with Aboriginal Land

  

37  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

adopted, in relation to a child, means adopted:

                     (a)  under the law of a State or a Territory relating to the adoption of children; or

                     (b)  under the law of any other place relating to the adoption of children, if the validity of the adoption would be recognised under the law of any State or any Territory.

child: without limiting who is a child of a person for the purposes of this Act, someone is the child of a person if he or she is a child of the person within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975.

parent: without limiting who is a parent of a person for the purposes of this Act, someone is the parent of a person if the person is his or her child because of the definition of child in this subsection.

relative, in relation to a registered member, means any of the following, namely:

                     (a)  a parent or grandparent of the member or of his or her spouse;

                     (b)  a child or other lineal descendant of the member, of his or her spouse or of any other person specified in paragraph (a); and

                     (c)  the spouse of the member or of any other person specified in paragraph (a) or (b).

spouse of a person includes a de facto partner of the person within the meaning of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Part, Aboriginal Land in respect of which a lease has been granted shall be taken to be used for domestic purposes if, and only if:

                     (a)  in a case where a sub‑lease of the land has not been granted, the person or persons who have the benefit of the lease usually reside on the land or intend to begin to usually reside on the land as soon as practicable; or

                     (b)  in a case where a sub‑lease of the land has been granted, the person or persons who have the benefit of the sub‑lease usually reside on the land or intend to begin to usually reside on the land as soon as practicable.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Part, Aboriginal Land in respect of which a lease has been granted shall be taken to be used for business purposes if, and only if:

                     (a)  in a case where a sub‑lease of the land has not been granted, the person or persons who have the benefit of the lease conduct a business on the land or intend to begin to conduct a business on the land as soon as practicable; or

                     (b)  in a case where a sub‑lease of the land has been granted, the person or persons who have the benefit of the sub‑lease conduct a business on the land or intend to begin to conduct a business on the land as soon as practicable.

             (4)  Any relationship referred to in the definition of relative in subsection (1) includes a relationship traced through, or to, a person who is or was an adopted child, and, for that purpose, the relationship between an adopted child and his or her adoptive parent, or each of his or her adoptive parents, shall be deemed to be or to have been the natural relationship of child and parent.

             (5)  For the purposes of the definition of relative in subsection (1), if one person is the child of another person because of the definition of child in that subsection, relationships traced to or through the person are to be determined on the basis that the person is the child of the other person.

38  Dealings in Aboriginal Land by Council

             (1)  Except as provided by this Part, the Council shall not deal with or dispose of, or agree to deal with or dispose of, any estate or interest in Aboriginal Land.

             (2)  Subject to this section, the Council may grant a lease of Aboriginal Land (other than land within the Booderee National Park or the Booderee Botanic Gardens):

                     (a)  to a registered member or registered members for use for domestic purposes;

                     (b)  to a registered member or registered members for use for business purposes;

                     (c)  to a registered member or registered members for use for the benefit of the members, or of a significant number of the members, of the Community;

                     (d)  with the consent in writing of the Minister—to a person other than a registered member, or to persons at least one of whom is not a registered member, for use for domestic purposes;

                     (e)  with the consent in writing of the Minister—to a person other than a registered member, or to persons at least one of whom is not a registered member, for use for business purposes; or

                      (f)  to the Commonwealth or an Authority.

             (3)  Except with the consent of the Minister, the term of a lease shall not exceed:

                     (a)  in the case of a lease to which paragraph (2)(a) applies—99 years;

                     (b)  in the case of a lease to which paragraph (2)(b) or (c) applies—25 years; or

                     (c)  in any other case—15 years.

             (4)  The Council may grant a person a licence to use Aboriginal Land (other than land within the Booderee National Park or the Booderee Botanic Gardens).

             (5)  Where the Council grants a lease of, or a licence to use, Aboriginal Land to the Commonwealth or to an Authority under this section, the rent and other amounts payable under the lease or licence shall be determined by the Minister.

             (6)  The Lands Acquisition Act 1989 does not apply to the grant of a lease under this section.

38A  Agreement to lease land within Booderee National Park etc. to Director

                   If a notice is published in the Gazette under subsection 9A(3), the Council and the Director must, as soon as practicable after the notice is published, enter into an agreement under which the Council agrees to grant to the Director a lease of the land described in the notice so as to enable the Director to hold the land for the purposes of Division 4 of Part 15 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

38B  Lease of Booderee National Park etc. to Director

             (1)  As soon as practicable after a declaration by the Minister under subsection 9A(1) has come into force, the Council must grant to the Director a lease of the land that has become Aboriginal Land under the declaration.

             (2)  The terms and conditions of the lease are those set out in the agreement between the Council and the Director under section 38A.

             (3)  Except with the consent of the Minister, the term of a lease must not be more than 99 years.

38C  Minister may grant lease

                   If the Minister is satisfied that the Council has refused, or is unwilling, to grant to the Director a lease of Aboriginal Land within the Booderee National Park as required under the agreement entered into with the Director under section 38A, the Minister may, on behalf of the Council, grant the lease to the Director as set out in the agreement.

39  Surrender of Aboriginal Land

                   With the consent in writing of the Minister, the Council may surrender to the Crown the whole of its estate or interest in any part of Aboriginal Land.

40  Rights of existing occupiers

                   Where, immediately before land became Aboriginal Land, a registered member was in occupation of the land with the consent, express or implied, of the Commonwealth or of an Authority, the Council shall, in accordance with section 38, grant that person a lease of that land, being a lease:

                     (a)  the term of which:

                              (i)  commences at the time at which the land became Aboriginal Land; and

                             (ii)  is for the maximum period permitted for the lease by subsection 38(3);

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of which do not provide for any payment by the person in respect of a building or improvements erected on the land solely at the expense of the person; and

                     (c)  the terms and conditions of which may include terms and conditions approved by the Minister in writing under which the person is to pay to the Council in respect of buildings and improvements on the land (other than buildings or improvements to which paragraph (b) applies) amounts amounting in the aggregate to the value of those buildings and improvements at the time at which the land became Aboriginal Land.

41  Dealings in land leased from Council

             (1)  Subject to this section, where the Council has granted a lease of Aboriginal Land to a person, that person, or a person who has been granted a sub‑lease of the land under this section, may grant a sub‑lease of the whole of the land.

             (2)  Except with the consent in writing of the Minister, a person shall not grant a sub‑lease of Aboriginal Land to a person other than a registered member, the Commonwealth or an Authority.

             (3)  Except with the consent in writing of the Minister, a person shall not grant a sub‑lease of Aboriginal Land for use for purposes other than the purposes for which the land is required to be used by the lease in respect of the land.

42  Devise of interests in Aboriginal Land etc.

             (1)  Where a registered member has the benefit, or a share in the benefit, of a lease or sub‑lease of Aboriginal Land for use for domestic purposes, that benefit or share is capable of transmission, by will or under a law relating to intestacy in force in the Territory, to a relative of the member.

             (2)  Where the benefit, or a share in the benefit, of a lease or sub‑lease of Aboriginal Land is transmitted because of subsection (1), the purposes for which the land is required to be used by the lease or sub‑lease, as the case may be, shall not be taken to be altered.

Part VIMiscellaneous

  

43  Laws relating to mining

                   Any law in force in the Territory authorising mining or exploration for minerals (including any law providing for rights known as miner’s rights) does not apply in relation to Aboriginal Land so as to authorise the entry or remaining of a person on the land or the doing of any act by a person on the land.

44  Mining operations

                   If minerals, in their natural state and capable of being exploited for commercial purposes, are discovered on or below the surface of Aboriginal Land, operations for the recovery of the minerals shall not be carried on by a person otherwise than in accordance with an agreement to which the Commonwealth, the Council and that person are parties.

45  Exemption from rates etc.

                   The Council is not liable to pay in respect of Aboriginal Land any rates or other taxes imposed by or under a law in force in the Territory.

46  Application of laws of Territory to Aboriginal Land

                   This Act does not affect the application to Aboriginal Land of a law in force in the Territory to the extent that that law is capable of operating concurrently with this Act.

47  Protection of environment

             (1)  In the performance of its functions the Council shall have regard to the preservation of the environment.

             (2)  Where the Council proposes to carry out any works or projects that could have a significant effect on the environment, the Council shall give the Minister particulars in writing of the works or project.

             (3)  In this section, environment includes all aspects of the surroundings of a natural person, whether affecting the person as an individual or in the person’s social groupings.

48  Significant sites

             (1)  Where the Minister is satisfied that a place on Aboriginal Land is of special significance to Aboriginal members of the Community, the Minister may, by notice in writing published in the Gazette specifying that place, declare that that place is a significant place for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  Where a declaration under subsection (1) is in force in relation to a place, the Council may cause signs to be displayed at or near the place identifying the place and stating that entry into it by persons other than Aboriginal members of the Community is prohibited by this Act.

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person enters or remains in a place; and

                     (b)  a declaration under subsection (1) is in force in relation to the place; and

                     (c)  a sign is displayed in relation to the place; and

                     (d)  the sign is displayed under subsection (2).

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

          (3A)  Strict liability applies to paragraphs (3)(b) and (d).

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

          (3B)  Subsection (3) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the person enters or remains in the place:

                              (i)  in performing functions under this Act; or

                             (ii)  otherwise in accordance with this Act or a law in force in the Territory; or

                            (iii)  with the consent of the Council; or

                     (b)  the person is an Aboriginal member of the Community.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3B) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (4)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person does an act; and

                     (b)  the act results in damage or disturbance to a place; and

                     (c)  a declaration under subsection (1) is in force in relation to the place; and

                     (d)  a sign is displayed in relation to the place; and

                     (e)  the sign is displayed under subsection (2).

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 50 penalty units, or both.

          (4A)  Strict liability applies to paragraphs (4)(c) and (e).

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (5)  A person shall not be convicted of offences against subsections (3) and (4) in relation to the same act.

             (6)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (4), a person shall be taken, for the purposes of that subsection, to have damaged or disturbed a place in relation to which a sign is displayed under subsection (2) if, by reason of any act done by that person, the special significance of the place to Aboriginal members of the Community has been adversely affected.

             (7)  In any proceedings for the prosecution of a person for an offence against subsection (3) or (4), evidence that a sign stating that entry into the place by persons other than Aboriginal members of the Community is prohibited by this Act was displayed at or near that place at a particular time is evidence that the sign was so displayed at that time in accordance with subsection (2).

             (8)  Nothing in this section shall be read as extending the right of access to any Aboriginal Land to which this section does not apply.

49  Public access

             (1)  Subject to this section, where the Minister is satisfied that:

                     (a)  a place that forms part of Aboriginal Land was, immediately before it became part of such land, a place to which the public had access; and

                     (b)  it is desirable that the public should continue to have access to that place;

the Minister may, by notice in writing published in the Gazette specifying that place, declare that that place is a place to which this section applies.

             (2)  The Minister shall not make a declaration under subsection (1) in relation to:

                     (a)  a place to which a declaration under subsection 48(1) applies; or

                     (b)  a place that is the subject of a lease to a person for use for domestic purposes within the meaning of Part V.

             (3)  The public shall have right of access to a place in respect of which a declaration under subsection (1) is in force (other than a place that has become a place referred to in subsection (2)), but that access is subject to the regulations.

             (4)  In this section, place includes a road, a path and a trail.

50  Registrar may inquire into grievances

                   Where a person who is or has been a registered member informs the Registrar that the person is aggrieved by action taken under this Act (other than action taken by the Minister or action taken in compliance with a judgment, order or decree of a court or of a person acting judicially) and requests the Registrar to inquire into that action, the Registrar may, in the Registrar’s discretion, comply with that request and, if the Registrar considers it appropriate to do so, may inform the Minister or the Council of the result of the inquiries.

52  Annual report to be laid before meeting of Council

                   The executive committee must table a copy of the annual report on the Council at the next general meeting of the Council held after the deadline for the period to which the report relates. The report is prepared under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, and the period and deadline are as specified in that section.

52A  By‑laws

             (1)  In this section Aboriginal Land does not include land declared under section 9A.

             (2)  The Council may make by‑laws for or with respect to:

                     (a)  economic enterprise on Aboriginal Land;

                     (b)  cultural activities on Aboriginal Land;

                     (c)  the management, access, conservation, fire protection, development and use of Aboriginal Land;

                     (d)  the declaration of sacred or significant sites or other areas of significance to Aboriginal people on Aboriginal Land;

                     (e)  the activities to be permitted on Aboriginal Land or any part of it;

                      (f)  protection and conservation of flora or fauna found on Aboriginal Land;

                     (g)  in relation to Aboriginal Land, the cutting, removal and sale of timber, the granting of revocable licences and the payment of royalties for timber to the Council;

                     (h)  hunting, shooting and fishing on Aboriginal Land;

                      (i)  control of visitors in, and charging fees (to be paid to the Council) for entrance to, Aboriginal Land;

                      (j)  the regulation and control of motor traffic and parking on Aboriginal Land;

                     (k)  the appointment of persons to enforce the by‑laws, and the powers and duties of those persons.

             (3)  The by‑laws may apply any regulation made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to Aboriginal Land, with whatever changes are needed for that purpose.

             (4)  A by‑law, in applying a regulation referred to in subsection (3) relating to an offence, must not change the penalty for that offence.

             (5)  A by‑law must not be inconsistent with a law of the Commonwealth or a law in force in the Territory, but a regulation referred to in subsection (3) may, in its application to Aboriginal Land, be inconsistent with a law in force in the Territory.

             (6)  The by‑laws may provide that a contravention of a by‑law is an offence.

             (7)  The regulations may provide, in respect of an offence against the by‑laws, for the imposition of:

                     (a)  if the offender is a natural person—a fine not exceeding 5 penalty units; or

                     (b)  if the offender is a corporation—a fine not exceeding 25 penalty units.

             (8)  The regulations may make provision for and in relation to enabling a person who is alleged to have committed an offence against the by‑laws to pay to the Commonwealth, as an alternative to prosecution, a penalty not exceeding:

                     (a)  in the case of a natural person—1 penalty unit; or

                     (b)  in the case of a corporation—5 penalty units.

             (9)  Subsections (7) and (8) do not apply in relation to an offence against a regulation referred to in subsection (3) in its application to Aboriginal Land.

           (10)  If the Council makes a by‑law, it shall, within 21 days after making it, give a copy of the by‑law to the Minister.

           (11)  For the purposes of the Legislation Act 2003, a by‑law made by the Council and received by the Minister is a legislative instrument made by the Minister on the day the by‑law is received.

Note:          A by‑law made by the Council and received by the Minister is stated to be a legislative instrument made by the Minister so that the Minister may perform the functions of a rule‑maker in relation to the instrument under the Legislation Act 2003. For example, under that Act a rule‑maker for a legislative instrument is required to lodge the instrument (and any amendments and compilations of the instrument) for registration under that Act.

53  Regulations

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

             (2)  Before the Governor‑General makes regulations for the purposes of section 49 in relation to a place that forms part of Aboriginal Land, the Minister must consider any representations made to the Minister by the Council or the executive committee in relation to public access to the place.


ScheduleDefinition of Schedule Land

  

Subsection 2(1)
(definition of Schedule Land)

                   All that piece of land in the Territory commencing at the south eastern most corner of Block 61 Jervis Bay Territory as shown in the plan catalogued in the Office of the Registrar of Titles Canberra as Deposited Plan 4480 and being a point at high water mark of the South Pacific Ocean and bounded thence on the south west by that high water mark generally in a north westerly direction being the south western boundary of Block 61 and of Block 60 as shown in the said Deposited Plan 4480 to the most westerly point of Block 60 and bounded thence by that high water mark generally in a westerly direction to a point at a bearing of 283 degrees 44 minutes 30 seconds distant 918.5 metres from that most westerly point of Block 60 and bounded thence on the north west by a line bearing north easterly 32 degrees 51 minutes 40 seconds distant 2142 metres to a corner post of a south west boundary fence of the Royal Australian Navy Airfield thence on the north east by that boundary fence bearing south easterly 138 degrees 20 minutes distant 683.2 metres and 138 degrees 11 minutes 10 seconds distant 451 metres and by that boundary fence and its prolongation bearing 136 degrees 37 minutes 30 seconds distant 1245.1 metres and thence on the south east by lines bearing 215 degrees 41 minutes 50 seconds distant 1114.1 metres and 215 degrees 59 minutes 40 seconds distant 769.6 metres to the point of commencement and containing an area of 403 hectares more or less, excluding the reserves of width 20 metres for the public roads known variously as Wreck Bay Road and Summercloud Bay Road and that part of Boorarla Road leading from Wreck Bay Road south easterly and south westerly to the boat ramp at Summercloud Bay.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986

164, 1986

18 Dec 1986

15 Jan 1987

 

Lands Acquisition (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1989

21, 1989

20 Apr 1989

Sch 2: 9 June 1989 (s 2)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989

150, 1989

27 Nov 1989

s 225: 5 Mar 1990 (s 2(1) and gaz 1990, No S48)

Aboriginal Land Grant and Management (Jervis Bay Territory) Legislation Amendment Act 1995

103, 1995

29 Sept 1995

Sch 1: 29 Sept 1995 (s 2)

Sch 1 (item 1)

Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1997

152, 1997

24 Oct 1997

Sch 2 (items 87–93): 1 Jan 1998 (s 2(2))

Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Act 1999

92, 1999

16 July 1999

Sch 4 (items 12–22) and Sch 7 (items 1–4): 16 July 2000 (s 2(1))

Sch 4 (items 16, 19, 22) and Sch 7 (item 4)

Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

112, 2001

17 Sept 2001

s 4 and Sch 1 (items 37, 38): 15 Oct 2001 (s 2)

s 4

Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Amendment Act 2003

146, 2003

17 Dec 2003

17 Dec 2003 (s 2)

Sch 1 (items 13, 14)

Same‑Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Act 2008

144, 2008

9 Dec 2008

Sch 6 (items 1–4): 10 Dec 2008 (s 2(1) item 13)

Statute Law Revision Act 2011

5, 2011

22 Mar 2011

Sch 7 (item 1): 19 Apr 2011 (s 2(1) item 18)

Statute Law Revision Act 2013

103, 2013

29 June 2013

Sch 3 (items 19, 20, 343) and Sch 4 (item 1): 29 June 2013 (s 2(1) item 16)

Sch 3 (item 343)

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2014

31, 2014

27 May 2014

Sch 8 (item 1): 24 June 2014 (s 2(1) item 9)

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 7 (items 46–52) and Sch 14: 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) items 6, 14)

Sch 14

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (items 7–9) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015

10, 2015

5 Mar 2015

Sch 3 (items 3, 348, 349): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 3 (items 348, 349)

Statute Update Act 2016

61, 2016

23 Sept 2016

Sch 1 (items 10, 11): 21 Oct 2016 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part I

 

s 2........................................

am No 103, 1995; No 152, 1997; No 92, 1999; No 146, 2003; No 31, 2014

s 3A.....................................

ad No 112, 2001

Part II

 

s 4........................................

am No 152, 1997; No 62, 2014

s 4A.....................................

ad No 152, 1997

 

rs No 62, 2014

s 6........................................

am No 103, 1995

s 7........................................

am No 103, 1995

Part III

 

s 9A.....................................

ad No 103, 1995

 

am No 92, 1999; No 103, 2013

s 10......................................

am No 103, 1995

s 11......................................

am No 5, 2011

Part IV

 

Division 1

 

s 15......................................

am No 150, 1989; No 146, 2003

s 16......................................

am No 150, 1989; No 146, 2003

Division 3

 

s 25......................................

am No 103, 1995

s 26......................................

am No 103, 1995

s 26A...................................

ad No 103, 1995

 

am No 146, 2003

Division 4

 

s 28......................................

am No 152, 1997; No 62, 2014

s 29......................................

am No 103, 1995

s 33......................................

am No 62, 2014

Part V

 

s 37......................................

am No 144, 2008

s 38......................................

am No 21, 1989; No 103, 1995; No 92, 1999

s 38A...................................

ad No 103, 1995

 

am No 92, 1999

s 38B...................................

ad No 103, 1995

 

am No 92, 1999

s 38C...................................

ad No 103, 1995

 

am No 92, 1999

Part VI

 

s 48......................................

am No 112, 2001; No 61, 2016

s 51......................................

rep No 152, 1997

s 52......................................

rs No 152, 1997

 

am No 62, 2014

s 52A...................................

ad No 103, 1995

 

am No 92, 1999; No 146, 2003; No 10, 2015

s 53......................................

am No 92, 1999

Part VII................................

rep No 103, 2013

s 54......................................

rep No 103, 2013

s 55......................................

rep No 103, 2013