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AT A GLANCE


Australia's ten Territories are home to over half a million Australians. Each territory has different legal origins, and a different relationship with the Australian Government. Choose the territory you are interested in for details of its laws and governance.

In the past, the Australian Government has also administered territory in Nauru, New Guinea and Papua. These territories have since become the independent nations of Nauru and of Papua New Guinea. For more information about how Australia acquired its external territories - that is, all territories except the ACT, the NT and Jervis Bay Territory - please see Alan Kerr's book A Federation In These Seas This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

AUSTRALIA'S TERRITORIES


Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Ashmore and Cartier Islands Acceptance Act 1933
Laws of the NT which may apply in this territory This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on Ashmore and Cartier Islands
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Australian Antarctic Territory

Administered by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment.

Australian Antarctic Territory Act 1954
Laws of the ACT may apply in this territory This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on the Australian Antarctic Territory This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Self-Governing Territory

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
Commonwealth Reserved Laws
  - these are ordinances made under Part V of the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910 (Cth)
Laws made by the ACT Government This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
General information on the Australian Government’s relationship with the ACT This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Christmas Island

Administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Christmas Island Act 1958 (Cth)
Laws of WA which may apply in this territory This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
Indian Ocean Territories Government Gazette This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on Christmas Island This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 (Cth)
Laws of WA which may apply in this territory This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
Indian Ocean Territories Government Gazette This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on Cocos (Keeling) Islands This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Coral Sea Islands

Administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Coral Sea Islands Act 1969
Laws of the ACT may apply in this territory This link will take you away from Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on Coral Sea Islands This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Administered by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953
Laws of the ACT may apply in this territory This link will take you away from Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on Heard Island and McDonald Islands This link will take you away from Legislation Register

Jervis Bay Territory

Administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915
Laws of the ACT may apply in this territory This link will take you away from Legislation Register
General Australian Government information on Jervis Bay Territory This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Norfolk Island

Administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth)
Administration of Norfolk Island information This link will take you away from the Legislation Register
General information on the Australian Government’s relationship with Norfolk Island This link will take you away from the Legislation Register

Note: Norfolk Island became a non self-governing territory on 18 June 2015 on commencement of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015. As of 1 July 2016 New South Wales state law will be applied to Norfolk Island as Commonwealth law.


Northern Territory (NT)

Self-Governing Territory

Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 (Cth)
Laws made by the NT Government This link will take you away from Legislation Register
General information on the Australian Government’s relationship with the NT This link will take you away from Legislation Register