Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915

The Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915 is 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.[8]

Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915
Parliament of Australia
CitationNo. 19 of 1915
Territorial extentAustralia
Enacted bySenate
Enacted20 May 1915
Enacted byHouse of Representatives
Enacted8 July 1915
Royal assent14 July 1915[1]
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the SenateJervis Bay Territory Acceptance Bill
Introduced byEdward Russell
First reading13 May 1915[2]
Second reading14 May 1915[3]
Third reading20 May 1915[4]
Bill introduced in the House of RepresentativesJervis Bay Territory Acceptance Bill
Introduced byWilliam Archibald
First reading20 May 1915[5]
Second reading8 July 1915[6]
Third reading8 July 1915[7]
Amended by
No. 70 of 1955, No. 216 of 1973, No. 164 of 1986, No. 109 of 1988 (consequential of No. 106 of 1988), No. 28 of 1991, No. 143 of 2001
Related legislation
Seat of Government Surrender Act 1915 (No. 9 of 1915 (NSW))
Allows for the transfer of the land now known as the Jervis Bay Territory from New South Wales to the Commonwealth.
Status: Amended

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.

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