Federal Register of Legislation - Australian Government

Primary content

Coral Sea Islands Act 1969

Authoritative Version
Act No. 58 of 1969 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Territories Legislation Amendment Act 2020
An Act to provide for the Government of certain Islands acquired by the Commonwealth
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Registered 04 Feb 2021
Start Date 18 Dec 2020
Table of contents.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

Coral Sea Islands Act 1969

No. 58, 1969

Compilation No. 7

Compilation date:                              18 December 2020

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 154, 2020

Registered:                                         4 February 2021

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 18 December 2020 (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.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 2

2............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 2

3............ Coral Sea Islands Territory................................................................. 2

4............ Continuance of laws............................................................................ 3

5............ Ordinances.......................................................................................... 3

6............ Application of Commonwealth Acts................................................... 3

7............ Tabling of Ordinances......................................................................... 3

7A......... Ordinance not to be re‑made while required to be tabled..................... 5

7B......... Ordinance not to be re‑made while subject to disallowance................ 6

7C......... Disallowed Ordinance not to be re‑made unless resolution rescinded or House approves       7

7D......... Regulations, rules and by‑laws........................................................... 7

8............ Courts having jurisdiction in the Territory.......................................... 8

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      9

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              9

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                11

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             12

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           15


An Act to provide for the Government of certain Islands acquired by the Commonwealth

Preamble

                   All the islands in the following areas are territories acquired by the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  the area the boundary of which commences at the point of the intersection of the line following the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef by the parallel of Latitude 12° 00´ South and runs:

                              (i)  then south‑easterly along the geodesic to the point of Latitude 16° 00´ South, Longitude 156° 06´ East; and

                             (ii)  then south along the meridian of Longitude 156° 06´ East to its intersection by the parallel of Latitude 24° 00´ South; and

                            (iii)  then west along that parallel to its intersection by the meridian of Longitude 154° 00´ East; and

                            (iv)  then north along that meridian to its intersection by the parallel of Latitude 22° 00´ South; and

                             (v)  then west along that parallel to its intersection by the line following the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef; and

                            (vi)  then generally north‑westerly along that line to the point of commencement; and

                     (b)  the area the boundary of which commences at the point of Latitude 29° 21´ South, Longitude 158° 59´ East and runs:

                              (i)  then east along the parallel of Latitude 29° 21´ South to its intersection by the meridian of Longitude 159° 14´ East; and

                             (ii)  then south‑westerly along the geodesic to the point of Latitude 30° 3´ South, Longitude 159° 10´ East; and

                            (iii)  then west along the parallel of Latitude 30° 3´ South to its intersection by the meridian of Longitude 158° 55´ East; and


                            (iv)  then north‑easterly along the geodesic to the point of commencement.

It is desirable to make provision for the government of those islands as one Territory.

                   BE IT THEREFORE enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Coral Sea Islands Act 1969.

2  Interpretation

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

Act does not include an enactment.

enactment has the same meaning as in the Australian Capital Territory (Self‑Government) Act 1988.

Ordinance means an Ordinance made under this Act.

prescribed State or Territory has the meaning given by the Norfolk Island Act 1979.

the Territory means the Coral Sea Islands Territory.

             (2)  Where, for the purposes of this Act, it is necessary to determine the position on the surface of the Earth of a point, line or area, that position must be determined by reference to the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA) as defined in the Gazette No. GN 35, 6 September 1995.

3  Coral Sea Islands Territory

                   The Coral Sea Islands, that is to say, the islands described in the Preamble, are declared to be a Territory by the name of Coral Sea Islands Territory.

4  Continuance of laws

                   Subject to this Act, the laws in force in the Coral Sea Islands at the commencement of this Act continue in force, but may be altered or repealed by Ordinance made in pursuance of this Act.

5  Ordinances

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make Ordinances for the peace, order and good government of the Territory.

             (2)  Notice of the making of an Ordinance shall be published in the Gazette, and an Ordinance shall, unless the contrary intention appears in the Ordinance, come into operation on the date of publication of the notice.

6  Application of Commonwealth Acts

             (1)  An Act or a provision of an Act (whether passed before or after the commencement of this Act) is not in force as such in the Territory unless it is expressed to extend to the Territory.

             (2)  An Ordinance shall not be made so as to affect the application of its own force in, or in relation to, the Territory of an Act or a provision of an Act.

7  Tabling of Ordinances

             (1)  An Ordinance shall be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the making of the Ordinance, and, if it is not so laid before each House of the Parliament, ceases to have effect.

             (2)  If either House of the Parliament, in pursuance of a motion of which notice has been given within 15 sitting days after an Ordinance has been laid before that House, passes a resolution disallowing the Ordinance or a part of the Ordinance, the Ordinance or part so disallowed thereupon ceases to have effect.

             (3)  If, at the expiration of 15 sitting days after notice of a motion to disallow an Ordinance or part of an Ordinance has been given in a House of the Parliament, being notice given within 15 sitting days after the Ordinance has been laid before that House:

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

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

the Ordinance or part, as the case may be, specified in the motion shall thereupon be deemed to have been disallowed.

             (4)  If, before the expiration of 15 sitting days after notice of a motion to disallow an Ordinance or part of an Ordinance has been given in a House of the Parliament:

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

                     (b)  at the time of the dissolution, expiry or prorogation, as the case may be:

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

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

the Ordinance shall, for the purposes of subsections (2) and (3), 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.

             (5)  Where an Ordinance is disallowed, or is deemed to have been disallowed, under this section or ceases to have effect by virtue of the operation of subsection (1), the disallowance of the Ordinance or the operation of subsection (1) in relation to the Ordinance, as the case may be, has the same effect as a repeal of the Ordinance.

          (5A)  Where:

                     (a)  an Ordinance (in this subsection referred to as the relevant Ordinance) is disallowed, or is deemed to have been disallowed, under this section or ceases to have effect by virtue of the operation of subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the relevant Ordinance repealed, in whole or in part, another Ordinance or any other law that was in force immediately before the relevant Ordinance came into operation;

the disallowance of the relevant Ordinance or the operation of subsection (1) in relation to the relevant Ordinance, as the case may be, has the effect of reviving that other Ordinance or law, as the case may be, from and including the date of the disallowance or the date on which the relevant Ordinance ceased to have effect by virtue of that operation of subsection (1), as the case may be, as if the relevant Ordinance had not been made.

          (5B)  A reference in subsection (5) or (5A) to an Ordinance shall be read as including a reference to a part of an Ordinance, and a reference in subsection (5A) to a law has a corresponding meaning.

7A  Ordinance not to be re‑made while required to be tabled

             (1)  Where an Ordinance (in this section called the original Ordinance) has been made, no Ordinance containing a provision being the same in substance as a provision of the original Ordinance shall be made during the period defined by subsection (2) unless both Houses of the Parliament by resolution approve the making of an Ordinance containing a provision the same in substance as that provision of the original Ordinance.

             (2)  The period referred to in subsection (1) is the period starting on the day on which the original Ordinance was made and ending at the end of 7 days after:

                     (a)  if the original Ordinance has been laid, in accordance with subsection 7(1), before both Houses of the Parliament on the same day—that day;

                     (b)  if the original Ordinance has been so laid before both Houses on different days—the later of those days; or

                     (c)  if the original Ordinance has not been so laid before both Houses—the last day on which subsection 7(1) could have been complied with.

             (3)  If a provision of an Ordinance is made in contravention of this section, the provision has not effect.

7B  Ordinance not to be re‑made while subject to disallowance

             (1)  Where notice of a motion to disallow an Ordinance has been given in a House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days after the Ordinance has been laid before that House, no Ordinance containing a provision being the same in substance as a provision of the first‑mentioned Ordinance shall be made unless:

                     (a)  the notice has been withdrawn;

                     (b)  the Ordinance is deemed to have been disallowed under subsection 7(3);

                     (c)  the motion has been withdrawn or otherwise disposed of; or

                     (d)  subsection 7(4) has applied in relation to the Ordinance.

             (2)  Where:

                     (a)  because of subsection 7(4), an Ordinance is deemed to have been laid before a House of the Parliament on a particular day; and

                     (b)  notice of a motion to disallow the Ordinance has been given in that House within 15 sitting days after that day;

no Ordinance containing a provision being the same in substance as a provision of the first‑mentioned Ordinance shall be made unless:

                     (c)  the notice has been withdrawn;

                     (d)  the Ordinance is deemed to have been disallowed under subsection 7(3);

                     (e)  the motion has been withdrawn or otherwise disposed of; or

                      (f)  subsection 7(4) has applied again in relation to the Ordinance.

             (3)  If a provision of an Ordinance is made in contravention of this section, the provision has no effect.

             (4)  This section does not limit the operation of section 7A or 7C.

             (5)  In this section:

Ordinance includes a part of an Ordinance.

7C  Disallowed Ordinance not to be re‑made unless resolution rescinded or House approves

                   If an Ordinance or a part of an Ordinance is disallowed, or is deemed to have been disallowed, under section 7, and an Ordinance containing a provision being the same in substance as a provision so disallowed, or deemed to have been disallowed, is made within 6 months after the date of the disallowance, that provision has no effect, unless:

                     (a)  in the case of an Ordinance, or a part of an Ordinance, disallowed by resolution—the resolution has been rescinded by the House of the Parliament by which it was passed; or

                     (b)  in the case of an Ordinance, or a part of an Ordinance, deemed to have been disallowed—the House of the Parliament in which notice of the motion to disallow the Ordinance or part was given has approved, by resolution, the making of a provision the same in substance as the provision deemed to have been disallowed.

7D  Regulations, rules and by‑laws

             (1)  All regulations made under an Ordinance shall be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the regulations are made and, if they are not so laid before each House of the Parliament, have no effect.

             (2)  Subsections 7(2) to (5B), inclusive, and sections 7A, 7B and 7C apply in relation to regulations laid before a House of the Parliament as if, in those provisions, references to an Ordinance were references to regulations and references to a provision of an Ordinance were references to a regulation.

             (3)  In this section, regulations includes rules and by‑laws.

8  Courts having jurisdiction in the Territory

          (1A)  Subject to subsection (3), the courts of the prescribed State or Territory also have jurisdiction in and in relation to the Territory.

          (1B)  In the exercise of its jurisdiction under this section, a court of the prescribed State or Territory may sit in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, in Norfolk Island or in the prescribed State or Territory.

             (1)  Subject to subsection (3) of this section and Part VII of the Norfolk Island Act 1979, the courts of Norfolk Island have jurisdiction in and in relation to the Territory.

             (2)  In the exercise of its jurisdiction under this section a court of Norfolk Island may sit in the Territory, in Norfolk Island or in Australia.

             (3)  This section does not confer jurisdiction on any court in relation to matters arising under or by virtue of the provisions of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.


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 date

Commencement
date

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Coral Sea Islands Act 1969

58, 1969

2 Sept 1969

30 Sept 1969

 

Statute Law Revision Act 1973

216, 1973

19 Dec 1973

31 Dec 1973

ss. 9(1) and 10

Petroleum (Submerged Lands—Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1981

79, 1981

18 June 1981

Parts III and IV (ss. 9–16): 14 Feb 1983 (see  s. 2(2) and Gazette 1983, No. S29)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 1) 1982

26, 1982

7 May 1982

Part XIX (ss. 146, 147): 4 June 1982 (a)

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982

80, 1982

22 Sept 1982

Part LXXI (ss. 262, 263): (b)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1983

39, 1983

20 June 1983

s. 3: 18 July 1983 (c)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1984

72, 1984

25 June 1984

s. 3: 23 July 1984 (d)

s. 5(1)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985

65, 1985

5 June 1985

s. 3: 3 July 1985 (e)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1986

168, 1986

18 Dec 1986

s. 3: Royal Assent (f)

Statutory Instruments (Tabling and Disallowance) Legislation Amendment Act 1988

99, 1988

2 Dec 1988

2 Dec 1988

A.C.T. Self‑Government (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988

109, 1988

6 Dec 1988

Sch 5 (s 32): 11 May 1989 (s 2(3) and gaz 1989, No S164)

Environment, Sport and Territories Legislation Amendment Act 1997

118, 1997

7 July 1997

Sch 1 (items 20, 21): 7 July 1997 (s 2(1))

Offshore Petroleum (Repeals and Consequential Amendments) Act 2006

17, 2006

29 Mar 2006

Schedule 2 (item 12): 1 July 2008 (see s. 2(1) and F2008L02273)

Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Greenhouse Gas Storage) Act 2008

117, 2008

21 Nov 2008

Schedule 3 (item 4): 22 Nov 2008

Territories Legislation Amendment Act 2020

154, 2020

17 Dec 2020

Sch 1 (items 82–85, 93–96, 99): 18 Dec 2020 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (items 93–96, 99)

(a)             The Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 was amended by Part XIX (sections 146 and 147) only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 1) 1982, subsection 2(12) of which provides as follows:

                 (12)  The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on the twenty‑eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(b)             The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 1) 1982 was amended by Part LXXI (sections 262 and 263) only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982, subsection 2(11) of which provides as follows:

                 (11)  Parts LXIX and LXXI shall be deemed to have come into operation on 4 June 1982.

(c)              The Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1983, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty‑eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(d)             The Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1984, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty‑eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(e)              The Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty‑eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(f)              The Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1986, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Preamble..............................

am No 216, 1973

 

rs No 72, 1984; No 118, 1997

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

am No 72, 1984; No 109, 1988; No 118, 1997; No 154, 2020

s 3........................................

am No 216, 1973; No 72, 1984; No 65, 1985

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

am No 26, 1982 (as am by No 80, 1982); No 39, 1983; No 65, 1985; No 168, 1986; No 99, 1988

s 7A.....................................

ad No 99, 1988

s 7B.....................................

ad No 99, 1988

s 7C.....................................

ad No 99, 1988

s 7D.....................................

ad No 99, 1988

s 8........................................

am No 79, 1981; No 17, 2006; No 117, 2008; No 154, 2020