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Defence Legislation Amendment (Australian Defence Force Cadets) Regulations 2023

I, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 14 September 2023

David Hurley


By His Excellency’s Command

Matt Thistlethwaite

Assistant Minister for Defence
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence







1 Name

2 Commencement

3 Authority

4 Schedules

Schedule 1—Amendments

Defence Regulation 2016

Schedule 2—Repeals

Cadet Forces Regulation 2013

1  Name

  This instrument is the Defence Legislation Amendment (Australian Defence Force Cadets) Regulations 2023.

2  Commencement

 (1) Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.


Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3




1.  The whole of this instrument

The day after this instrument is registered.

27 September 2023

Note: This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

 (2) Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

  This instrument is made under the Defence Act 1903.

4  Schedules

  Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments


Defence Regulation 2016

1  After Part 15


Part 15AAustralian Defence Force Cadets


81A  Laws relating to equipment

 (1) A cadet is not to be required, under a law of a State or a Territory, to obtain or hold a licence or other permission to possess, use or transport an item of equipment that is:

 (a) the property of the Commonwealth; and

 (b) used for the performance of the cadet’s duties as a cadet.

Examples: A firearm, ammunition or a ceremonial sword.

 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a licence or permission to operate a vehicle.

Schedule 2Repeals


Cadet Forces Regulation 2013

1  The whole of the instrument

Repeal the instrument.