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ACTS INTERPRETATION ACT 1901 - SECT 2B

Definitions

                   In any Act:

"acting SES employee" has the same meaning as in the Public Service Act 1999 .

"Administrative Arrangements Order" :

                     (a)  means an instrument (a primary AAO ) made by the Governor-General that is described as an Administrative Arrangements Order; and

                     (b)  includes an instrument made by the Governor-General that:

                              (i)  amends a primary AAO; or

                             (ii)  revokes a primary AAO and substitutes a new primary AAO.

Note:          The Administrative Arrangements Order sets out, from time to time, the matters dealt with by Departments of State of the Commonwealth together with the legislation administered by the Ministers for those Departments.

"affidavit" includes affirmation, declaration and promise.

"appoint" : see section 33AA.

"APS employee" has the same meaning as in the Public Service Act 1999 .

"Australia" means the Commonwealth of Australia and, when used in a geographical sense, includes Norfolk Island, the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, but does not include any other external Territory.

Note:          See also section 15B.

"Australian citizen" has the same meaning as in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 .

"Australian Privacy Principle" has the same meaning as in the Privacy Act 1988 .

"Australian Standard" : see section 2L.

"business day" means a day that is not a Saturday, a Sunday or a public holiday in the place concerned.

"calendar month" means one of the 12 months of the year.

"calendar year" means a period of 12 months starting on 1 January.

"charitable" has the meaning given by Part 2 of the Charities Act 2013 .

"charitable purpose" has the meaning given by Part 3 of the Charities Act 2013 .

"charity" has the meaning given by Part 2 of the Charities Act 2013 .

"commencement" , in relation to an Act or a provision of an Act, means the time at which the Act or provision comes into operation.

Note:          See also section 3.

"Commonwealth" means the Commonwealth of Australia and, when used in a geographical sense, includes Norfolk Island, the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, but does not include any other external Territory.

Note:          See also section 15B.

"Consolidated Revenue Fund" means the Consolidated Revenue Fund referred to in section 81 of the Constitution.

"Constitution" means the Constitution of the Commonwealth.

"contiguous zone" has the same meaning as in the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 .

"continental shelf" has the same meaning as in the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 .

"contravene" includes fail to comply with.

"court exercising federal jurisdiction" means any court when exercising federal jurisdiction, and includes a federal court.

"court of summary jurisdiction" means any justice of the peace, or magistrate of a State or Territory, sitting as a court of summary jurisdiction.

de facto partner : see section 2D.

"document" means any record of information, and includes:

                     (a)  anything on which there is writing; and

                     (b)  anything on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations having a meaning for persons qualified to interpret them; and

                     (c)  anything from which sounds, images or writings can be reproduced with or without the aid of anything else; and

                     (d)  a map, plan, drawing or photograph.

"estate" includes any estate, interest, charge, right, title, claim demand, lien or encumbrance at law or in equity.

"exclusive economic zone" has the same meaning as in the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 .

"Executive Council" means the Federal Executive Council.

"external Territory" means a Territory, other than an internal Territory, where an Act makes provision for the government of the Territory as a Territory.

Note:          See also section 15B.

"federal court" means the High Court or any court created by the Parliament.

"financial year" means a period of 12 months starting on 1 July.

"foreign country" means any country (whether or not an independent sovereign state) outside Australia and the external Territories.

"Gazette means the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette" .

"Government Printer" includes any person printing for the Government of the Commonwealth.

Note:          See also section 17A.

"Governor" of a State: see section 16B.

"Governor-General" : see section 16A.

"High Court" means the High Court of Australia.

"individual" means a natural person.

"insolvent under administration" has the same meaning as in the Corporations Act 2001 .

"internal Territory" means the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or the Jervis Bay Territory.

"Jervis Bay Territory" means the Territory referred to in the Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915 .

"judge" has a meaning affected by section 16BA.

"justice of the peace" includes a justice of the peace for a State or part of a State or for a Territory.

"land" includes messuages, tenements and hereditaments, corporeal and incorporeal, of any tenure or description, whatever may be the estate or interest in them.

"law of the Commonwealth" : see section 2H.

"legislative instrument" has the same meaning as in the Legislation Act 2003 .

"Magistrate" : see subsections 16C(2) and (3).

"Minister or Minister of State" means one of the Ministers of State for the Commonwealth.

Note:          See also section 19.

"modifications" , in relation to a law, includes additions, omissions and substitutions.

"month" : see section 2G.

"Northern Territory" means the Northern Territory of Australia.

"notifiable instrument" has the same meaning as in the Legislation Act 2003 .

"oath" includes affirmation, declaration and promise.

"Parliament" means the Parliament of the Commonwealth.

"penalty unit" , including in relation to a civil penalty provision, has the meaning given by section 4AA of the Crimes Act 1914 .

"person" : see section 2C.

"prescribed" means prescribed by the Act or by regulations under the Act.

"Proclamation" means a Proclamation by the Governor-General that is registered in the Federal Register of Legislation established under the Legislation Act 2003 as a legislative instrument or notifiable instrument.

Note:          Some Proclamations provide solely for the commencement of Acts, legislative instruments or notifiable instruments, or provisions of Acts or such instruments. Under section 11 of the Legislation Act 2003 , these are notifiable instruments.

"record" includes information stored or recorded by means of a computer.

"regulations" means regulations under the Act.

"rules of court" : see section 2K.

"seat of Government" means the seat of Government of the Commonwealth.

"SES employee" has the same meaning as in the Public Service Act 1999 .

"sitting day" : see section 2M.

"Sovereign" : see section 16.

"spouse" : see section 2CA.

"Standards Australia" means Standards Australia Limited (ACN 087 326 690).

"State" means a State of the Commonwealth.

"statutory declaration" means a declaration made because of any Act authorising a declaration to be made otherwise than in the course of a judicial proceeding.

"Stipendiary Magistrate" : see subsections 16C(1) and (3).

"swear" includes affirm, declare and promise.

"territorial sea" has the same meaning as in the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 .

"Territory , Territory of the Commonwealth , Territory under the authority of the Commonwealth or Territory of Australia" means a Territory referred to in section 122 of the Constitution.

"United Kingdom" means the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

"writing" includes any mode of representing or reproducing words, figures, drawings or symbols in a visible form.



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