Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Amendment (Strengthening Land and Governance Provisions) Bill 2022

Indigenous Australians
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends: the Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 to: amend the title of the Act to the Aboriginal Land and Waters (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986; exempt certain leases granted by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council from the application of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT); increase the payment amount at which the council is required to seek approval from the minister before entering into a contract; amend the council's governance structure and decision making powers to align more closely with other corporate Commonwealth entities; remove the requirement for the council to enter into an agreement to lease with the Director of National Parks before land in the Booderee National Park can be declared as Aboriginal land; clarify that the functions of the council relate only to registered members and eligible children; and update the wording of the term 'physical or mental incapacity'; and eight Acts to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26 Oct 2022
Second reading moved 26 Oct 2022
Second reading debate 29 Nov 2022
Second reading agreed to 29 Nov 2022
Third reading agreed to 29 Nov 2022
Introduced and read a first time 30 Nov 2022
Second reading moved 30 Nov 2022
Second reading debate 10 Aug 2023
Second reading agreed to 10 Aug 2023
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 4 Government agreed to
10 Aug 2023
Third reading agreed to 10 Aug 2023
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
10 Aug 2023
Finally passed both Houses 10 Aug 2023
  • Act no: 57
  • Year: 2023
21 Aug 2023

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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