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NORTHERN TERRITORY (SELF-GOVERNMENT) ACT 1978 - NOTES

No. 58 of 1978

Compilation No. 14

Compilation date:                              13 December 2022

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 95, 2022

Registered:                                         3 January 2023

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 13 December 2022 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part I--Preliminary                                                                                                              2

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 2

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Repeals................................................................................................ 2

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 2

Part II--Northern Territory of Australia                                                               4

5............ Establishment of body politic.............................................................. 4

Part III--Legislative Assembly                                                                                      5

Division 1--Powers of Legislative Assembly                                                   5

6............ Legislative power................................................................................ 5

7............ Assent to proposed laws..................................................................... 5

8............ Signification of pleasure on proposed law reserved............................ 6

10.......... Reason for withholding assent etc. to be tabled in Legislative Assembly 6

11.......... Proposal of money votes..................................................................... 7

12.......... Powers, privileges and immunities of Legislative Assembly.............. 7

Division 2--Constitution and membership of Legislative Assembly   8

13.......... Legislative Assembly.......................................................................... 8

14.......... Qualifications of electors..................................................................... 9

15.......... Writs for elections............................................................................... 9

16.......... Term of office of member................................................................... 9

17.......... Dates of elections................................................................................ 9

18.......... Resignation of members of Legislative Assembly............................ 10

19.......... Filling of casual vacancy................................................................... 10

20.......... Qualifications for election................................................................. 10

21.......... Disqualifications for membership of Legislative Assembly.............. 10

Division 3--Procedure of Legislative Assembly                                          13

22.......... Sessions of Legislative Assembly..................................................... 13

23.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 13

24.......... Election of Speaker........................................................................... 13

25.......... Acting Speaker--appointment by Legislative Assembly.................. 14

26.......... Acting Speaker--appointment by Administrator.............................. 15

27.......... Voting in Legislative Assembly........................................................ 16

28.......... Validation of acts of Legislative Assembly....................................... 16

29.......... Minutes of proceedings..................................................................... 17

30.......... Standing rules and orders.................................................................. 17

Part IV--The Administration                                                                                      18

31.......... Extent of executive power................................................................. 18

32.......... Office of Administrator..................................................................... 18

33.......... The Executive Council...................................................................... 18

34.......... Ministerial offices............................................................................. 19

35.......... Transfer of functions to Executive.................................................... 19

36.......... Appointment of Ministers................................................................. 19

37.......... Tenure of office................................................................................. 19

38.......... Oath to be taken by Member of Council and Minister...................... 20

40.......... Acting Administrator........................................................................ 20

41.......... Deputies of Administrator................................................................. 21

42.......... Oath to be taken by Administrator etc............................................... 21

Part V--Finance                                                                                                                   23

43.......... Interpretation..................................................................................... 23

44.......... Public moneys................................................................................... 23

45.......... Withdrawals of public moneys.......................................................... 23

46.......... Borrowing from Commonwealth...................................................... 23

48.......... Commonwealth Auditor-General may audit Territory accounts........ 24

Part VI--Miscellaneous                                                                                                    25

49.......... Trade and commerce with States to be free....................................... 25

50.......... Acquisition of property to be on just terms....................................... 25

51.......... Acts that bind States to bind Northern Territory............................... 25

53.......... Application of Fair Work Act 2009................................................... 25

54.......... Power to confer jurisdiction on Remuneration Tribunal in relation to members etc. 26

55.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 27

Part VII--Transitional provisions                                                                             28

56.......... Interpretation..................................................................................... 28

57.......... Continuance of laws.......................................................................... 28

58.......... Administrator etc. to continue in office............................................. 29

59.......... Legislative Assembly etc. to continue............................................... 29

60.......... Functions performed by Legislative Assembly and Executive Council 30

61.......... Functions performed by specified persons........................................ 30

63.......... Sessions of Legislative Assembly..................................................... 31

64.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 31

65.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 31

66.......... Ordinances made but not assented to before commencing date......... 31

67.......... References in other laws................................................................... 32

68.......... Certain provisions of previous Act to continue to operate................. 32

69.......... Transfers of property etc................................................................... 32

70.......... Acquisition of certain land etc........................................................... 34

71.......... Contracts........................................................................................... 36

72.......... Commonwealth to indemnify Territory............................................. 36

73.......... Validity of Ordinances...................................................................... 37

74.......... Agency arrangements........................................................................ 37

75.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 37

Schedule 1--Acts repealed                                                                                  38

Schedule 2                                                                                                                           39

Schedule 3                                                                                                                           40

Schedule 4                                                                                                                           41

Schedule 5                                                                                                                           42

Schedule 6                                                                                                                           43

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    44

Endnote 1--About the endnotes                                                                            44

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key                                                                                46

Endnote 3--Legislation history                                                                             47

Endnote 4--Amendment history                                                                           51

Endnote 5--Miscellaneous                                                                                       54

 


WHEREAS the Northern Territory Acceptance Act 1910 provided for the ratifying of an Agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of South Australia for the surrender to and acceptance by the Commonwealth of the Northern Territory and provided for the acceptance by the Commonwealth of the Northern Territory:

AND WHEREAS by the Constitution it is provided that the Parliament may make laws for the government of any Territory surrendered by any State to and accepted by the Commonwealth:

AND WHEREAS the Parliament has made provision for the government of the Northern Territory by the Northern Territory (Administration) Act 1910 and for a Supreme Court of the Northern Territory of Australia by the Northern Territory Supreme Court Act 1961:

AND WHEREAS the Parliament considers it desirable, by reason of the political and economic development of the Northern Territory, to confer self-government on the Territory, and for that purpose to provide, among other things, for the establishment of separate political, representative and administrative institutions in the Territory and to give the Territory control over its own Treasury:

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the Queen, and the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:


  

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe how an amendment is to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, then the misdescribed amendment can be incorporated through an editorial change made under section 15V of the Legislation Act 2003.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the amendment is not incorporated and "(md not incorp)" is added to the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978

58, 1978

22 June 1978

ss. 1, 2 and 70: Royal Assent
Remainder: 1 July 1978

 

Northern Territory (Self-Government) Amendment Act 1982

130, 1982

14 Dec 1982

s. 11: 22 June 1978
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Australian Government Solicitor (Consequential Amendments) Act 1984

10, 1984

10 Apr 1984

s 3 and 4(1): 1 July 1984 (s 2(1))

s 4(1)

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Self-Determination (Consequential Amendments) Act 1984

46, 1984

25 June 1984

Part VII (ss. 22-26): 6 Apr 1984
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Christmas Island Administration (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1984

120, 1984

18 Oct 1984

ss. 27-31: 1 Oct 1984
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985

65, 1985

5 June 1985

s 3 and Sch 1: 3 July 1985 (s 2(1))

--

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1986

76, 1986

24 June 1986

s 3 and Sch 1: 24 June 1986 (s 2(1))

s 9

Industrial Relations (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988

87, 1988

8 Nov 1988

ss. 1 and 2: Royal Assent
Remainder: 1 Mar 1989 (see s. 2(2) and Gazette 1989, No. S53)

--

Lands Acquisition (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1989

21, 1989

20 Apr 1989

9 June 1989 (see s. 2 and Gazette 1989, No. S185)

--

Arts, Sport, Environment, Tourism and Territories Legislation Amendment Act 1991

33, 1991

21 Mar 1991

s 3, 5 and Sch 1: 1 July 1991 (s 2(2))

s 5

Statute Law Revision Act 1996

43, 1996

25 Oct 1996

Sch 4 (items 1, 113): 25 Oct 1996 (s 2(1)

--

Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996

60, 1996

25 Nov 1996

Sch 19 (item 34): 25 Nov 1996 (s 2(1))

--

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1996

77, 1996

19 Dec 1996

Sch 3 (items 1, 2): 25 Nov 1996 (s 2(4))

--

Euthanasia Laws Act 1997

17, 1997

27 Mar 1997

27 Mar 1997

Sch. 1 (item 2)

Judiciary Amendment Act 1999

7, 1999

31 March 1999

Sch 3 (items 28, 29): 1 Sept 1999 (see Gazette 1999, No. S395)
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences) Act 2000

137, 2000

24 Nov 2000

Sch 2 (items 298, 418, 419): 24 May 2001 (s 2(3))

Sch 2 (items 418, 419)

Statute Law Review Act 2008

73, 2008

3 July 2008

Sch 4 (items 406-408): 4 July 2008

--

Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009

54, 2009

25 June 2009

Sch 5 (items 43-47): 1 July 2009 (s 2(1) item 13)

--

Statute Law Revision Act 2011

5, 2011

22 Mar 2011

Sch 5 (items 170, 171) and Sch 7 (item 105): 19 Apr 2011

--

Territories Self-Government Legislation Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment of Laws) Act 2011

166, 2011

4 Dec 2011

s 4 and Sch 2: 4 Dec 2011 (s 2)

s 4

Fair Work Amendment Act 2012

174, 2012

4 Dec 2012

Sch 9 (items 1288, 1289): 1 Jan 2013

--

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2014

31, 2014

27 May 2014

Sch 5 (item 4): 24 June 2014

--

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 10 (item 316) and Sch 14: 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) items 6, 14)

Sch 14

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (items 7-9) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Restoring Territory Rights Act 2022

95, 2022

13 Dec 2022

Sch 1 (items 2, 3): 13 Dec 2022 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (item 3)

 

Number and year

FRLI registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

2006 No. 50

17 Mar 2006

Sch 52: 27 Mar 2006 (see r. 2(b))

--

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part I

 

s 4........................................

am No 5, 2011; No 62, 2014

Part III

 

Division 1

 

s 7........................................

am No 130, 1982; No 73, 2008

s 8........................................

am No 130, 1982; No 73, 2008

s 9........................................

am No 73, 2008

 

rep No 166, 2011

s 10......................................

am No 166, 2011

s 11......................................

am No 130, 1982

Division 2

 

s 13......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 14......................................

am No 46, 1984; No 120, 1984

s 16......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 18......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 19......................................

am No 130, 1982

s 20......................................

am No 65, 1985; No 73, 2008

s 21......................................

am No 130, 1982; No 65, 1985; No 73, 2008

Division 3

 

s 22......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 24......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 25......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 26......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 28......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 29......................................

am No 73, 2008

Part IV

 

s 32......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 33......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 37......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 38......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 39......................................

rep No 65, 1985

s 40......................................

am No 130, 1982; No 73, 2008

s 41......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 42......................................

am No 73, 2008

Part V

 

s 46......................................

rs No 76, 1986

 

am No 5, 2011

s 47......................................

am No 130, 1982

 

rs No 76, 1986

 

rep No 33, 1991

s 47A...................................

ad No 76, 1986

 

rep No 33, 1991

s 47B...................................

ad No 76, 1986

 

rep No 33, 1991

s 47C...................................

ad No 76, 1986

 

rep No 33, 1991

Part VI

 

s 50A...................................

ad No 17, 1997

 

rep No 95, 2022

s 52......................................

rep No 137, 2000

s 53......................................

rs No 87, 1988

 

am No 60, 1996; SLI No 50, 2006; No 54, 2009; No 174, 2012

s 54......................................

am No 43, 1996

Part VII

 

s 57......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 58......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 62......................................

rep No 130, 1982

s 65......................................

am No 73, 2008

s 70......................................

am No 130, 1982; No 10, 1984; No 21, 1989; No 7, 1999; No 5, 2011

s 71......................................

am No 130, 1982

Schedule 3

 

Schedule 3...........................

am No 31, 2014

Endnote 5--Miscellaneous

Preamble--The Northern Territory Supreme Court Act 1961 was repealed by the Northern Territory Supreme Court (Repeal) Act 1979 (No. 85, 1979).


 



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