Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915

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The Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915 was an Act of the Parliament of Australia which followed the New South Wales Seat of Government Surrender Act 1915. The Act created the Territory of Jervis Bay, subject to the laws of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). While the Act's use of the language of "annexed" is sometimes interpreted as implying that the Jervis Bay Territory was to form part of the Federal Capital Territory, the accepted legal position is that it has been a legally distinct territory from its creation, despite being subject to FCT/ACT law and (prior to ACT self-government in 1988) being administratively treated as part of the FCT/ACT.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Benjamin Spagnolo (22 October 2015). The Continuity of Legal Systems in Theory and Practice. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 65. ISBN 978-1-84946-884-8. While the Jervis Bay Territory was constituted as a separate Territory on acceptance by the Commonwealth, it was 'annexed' to the Federal Capital Territory, to the extent that the laws there in force from time to time were 'applied' in the still legally distinct Jervis Bay Territory.

Further reading

  • National Archives of Australia - Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915
  • Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915 (NO. 19, 1915) (as passed)
  • JERVIS BAY TERRITORY ACCEPTANCE ACT 1915 (consolidated version, incorporating subsequent amendments)

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