(1) Subject to the
succeeding provisions of this section, for all the purposes of the laws of the
person who, on or after the commencing day, attains the age of 18 years
attains full age and full capacity on attaining that age; and
person who, on the commencing day, is of or over the age of 18 years but
under the age of 21 years attains full age and full capacity on that day.
Subsection (1) applies and has effect, in the absence of a definition or
of an indication of a contrary intention, for the purposes of the construction
of the expressions “majority”, “full age”,
“adult”, “full capacity”, “ sui juris ”,
and similar expressions, and the expressions “infant”,
“infancy”, “minor”, “nonage”,
“minority”, and similar expressions in —
enactment, whether passed or made before, on, or after the commencing day; and
instrument executed or made on or after that day.
(3) This section does
not apply so as to affect the operation or construction of any reference in an
enactment or instrument to an age expressed in years.
(4) This section does
not affect any deficiency of juristic competence or capacity that is
attributable to insanity, or mental infirmity, or any other factor distinct
(5) For the purposes
of subsection (2)(b) and notwithstanding any rule of law, a will or
codicil executed before the commencing day shall not be treated as made on or
after that day by reason only that the will or codicil is confirmed by a
codicil executed on or after that day.
(6) Any order or
direction in force immediately before the commencing day made pursuant to any
enactment relating to the control of money recovered by or otherwise payable
to a minor in any proceedings or as a result of the compromise or settlement
of any claim for money or damages, shall have effect as if any reference to
the minor’s attaining the age of 21 years or full age, however
expressed, were a reference to his attaining the age of 18 years, or in
relation to a person who by virtue of subsection (1)(b) attains full age
on the commencing day, to that day.
(7) This section does
not apply so as to affect the operation or construction of —
industrial award, order, determination or agreement;
instrument made or entered into pursuant to any enactment prescribing wages
and other conditions of or relating to apprenticeship;
provisions of any enactment governing or relating to conditions of employment
or rights or obligations arising from employment.
(8) Nothing in this
Act shall affect any estate, right or interest in any real or personal
property to which any person has become absolutely entitled whether
beneficially or otherwise, before the commencing day.
(9) This Act, other
than section 4, shall not affect the construction of any enactment where
the enactment is incorporated in and has effect as part of any instrument, the
construction of which is not affected by this Act, other than section 4.
(10) Nothing in this
Act or in any amendment made by section 5 affects the time for bringing
proceedings in respect of a cause of action that arose before the commencing
Subsection (10) is deemed to have come into operation on 1 November
[Section 5 amended: No. 33 of 1973
[ 6. Omitted under the Reprints Act 1984
s. 7(4)(e) and (f).]
[Schedule omitted under the Reprints Act 1984 s. 7(4)(e).]